ice dancing is injecting new blood into the pro lineup this year, with skater Olivia Smart being announced for the show.
After representing Spain at the recent Winter Olympics, Olivia joins returning Sylvain Longchambon, Vicky Ogden, Klabera Komini, Matt Evers, Alexandra Schauman, Łukasz Różycki, Mark Hanretty, Brendyn Hatfield, Vanessa Bauer, Tippy Packard and Colin Grafton.
All Ice Dance partnerships will be revealed in due course.
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As for which celebrities they’ll hit the rink with, the 2023 cast includes EastEnders favorite Patsy Palmer, ex-footballer John Fashanu, the island of love winner Ekin-Su Cülcüloğlu, Coronation Streetby Mollie Gallagher, gymnast Nile Wilson, RuPaul’s Drag Race star The Vivienne and singer Michelle Heaton.
Reality TV star Joey Essex, comedian Darren Harriott, West End star Carley Stenson and The Wanted’s Siva Kaneswaran complete the list of celebs.
Talk to digital spy at the National Television Awards earlier this month, Siva said he found the workout “fun”.
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“[The hardest part is] I just try to stay upright!” he said. “I fall all the time and try to remember the moves. But overall it’s fun. It’s funny.
“I’ve never skated before, but I feel like I could go far. I feel confident.”
Meanwhile, Michelle recently shared that she had an “epic fall”, telling her followers, “Definitely out of breath and my tailbone isn’t very happy with me but hey ho.”
Regan Gascoigne and her pro skating partner Karina Manta won the 2022 series, beating Brendan Cole and Vanessa Bauer in the final.
ice dancing broadcast on ITV.