With Christmas almost behind us, and the post-festive January blues threatening to rock the beginning of the New Year, what better way to cheer ourselves up than with the new series of Dancing On Ice?
But so far this series isn’t looking too good!
We reported earlier this year how the popular ITV skating show has undergone a huge re-vamp in preparation for the new series, due to hit our screens on January 6th, including the dismissal of 8 of its pro skaters to free up the budget to sign up some of the biggest names the show has ever seen!
The eight sacked skaters are reported to be: Frankie Poultney, Nina Ulanova, Matt Gonzalez, Brooke Castile, Jodeyne Higgins, Sean Rice, Lukasz Rozycki and Alexandra Schauman.
And the celebrities they are allegedly making way for include the likes of Pamela Anderson, Anthea Turner, Coronation Street star Samia Ghadie, former EastEnder Matt Lapinskas, Olympic gymnast Beth Tweddle, Towie’s Lauren Goodger, rugby player Gareth Thomas, X Factor winner Shayne Ward, singer Dionne Bromfield and comic Joe Pasquale.
And now that the festive cheer is over for another year, the celebrities taking part in the new series of Dancing On Ice have all put their skates on to begin training, and already we can see some potential, and some not so much!
TOWIE star Lauren Goodger and Joe Pasquale were two of the latter, as the Daily Mirror reports, with both looking unsteady on the ice at best, with Pasquale – whose son, Joe Tracini plays Dennis Savage in the hit Channel 4 soap, Hollyoaks, even taking a nasty tumble landing him on his backside almost immediately after stepping out on to the ice.
Also looking slightly less impressive than expected was Coronation Street actress, Samia Ghadie. The soap star, who plays crimper Maria Connor in the hit soap, also took quite a nasty tumble, along with Keith Chegwin who spent more time sat on the ice than stood on it, and Anthe Turner.
In fact the only star who looked like they knew what they were doing was Baywatch babe Pamela Anderson, who managed to keep her balance and stay firmly on her feet.
A source said: “These lot can’t have a Christmas break if they want to perform well in just a couple of weeks.
“For some of them skating on TV is going to be embarrassing at this rate and judge Jason Gardiner will have a field day.”
The ITV1 series, hosted by Phillip Schofield and Christine Bleakley, starts on January 6, watch the promo for it in the clip below: