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Dancing on Ice 2018 Contestants
Brooke Vincent, famous for playing Sophie Webster in Coronation Street, was the first star to be announced for the new Dancing on Ice series. She has described herself as being like a “bull in a china shop” on the ice and suggested she was more interested in impressing her friends with a new skill than winning the series, but could this be false modesty?
Singer and TV presenter Cheryl Baker has claimed to be “very nervous” after signing up for the show and, at 63, she is the oldest contestant to be announced so far. However, Baker still tours the country with her former Bucks Fizz bandmates, putting on energetic shows for nostalgic pop fans, so she shouldn't struggle with the physical exertion. Could she be the Debbie McGee of Dancing on Ice?
Fresh from winning Love Island in the summer, Kem Cetinay is making the most of his 15 minutes of fame by singing up for the competitive ice-dance show. The Romford hairdresser confesses he is competitive and has already shown he has what it takes to clinch a public vote, but will he have the same appeal for a larger, more mainstream audience?
If Kem is enjoying 15 minutes of fame, singer Jake Quickenden must be pushing an hour by now. The Scunthorpe celeb made Judges’ Houses in X Factor 2012, before returning in 2014 and making the live shows. He then went on to finish second in the 2014 series of I’m a Celebrity, being beaten by his soon-to-be father-in-law Carl Fogarty. As a former footballer, he’s sporty enough to succeed, but has the public had enough of people famous for being famous?
The 2016 Great British Bake Off winner is already managing people’s expectations by claiming that friends call her ‘Bambi on ice’ even when she is on dry land. Having worked as a PE teacher, she should be fit enough to stay the course, and she will certainly have the goodwill of the public on her side, but will she be able to stay on her skates and avoid a soggy bottom?
Following his brother Thom’s five-week run in Strictly Come Dancing in 2014, rugby star Max Evans attempts to move sibling rivalry up a notch by taking to the ice in the new year. How easy will Evans, who admits he’s not strapped on skates since he was a child, find it swapping the brutal force of the rugby field for the elegant world of ice dancing?
Singer Lemar is a late replacement for cricketer Monty Panesar, who was injured in training for the programme. The Londoner, who finished third in the BBC1 talent show Fame Academy in 2002, admits he's petrified of hurting himself during Dancing on Ice and claims that he hasn't skated since he was nine, but could he be on-song for the TV cameras?
Working with the ever-opinionated Piers Morgan on a daily basis will be good practice for Alex Beresford as he awaits a weekly dressing down from Dancing on Ice’s hypercritical judge, Jason Gardiner. But is the outlook for the 37-year-old Good Morning Britain weatherman bright and breezy or are their dark clouds on the reality TV horizon?
Hollyoaks actor Stephanie admitted she thought she would be better at skating than early practices suggested she actually is. The 39-year-old is certainly nothing like her character, arch-schemer Cindy Cunningham, in the Chester-based soap, but could viewers struggle to see past her on-screen persona?
As Sean Tully, he is one of the best-loved characters currently treading the Coronation Street cobbles, but Anthony Cotton is also quite the reality TV veteran. The Mancunian finished fourth in I’m a Celeb in 2011 and clinched the Let’s Dance for Comic Relief crown two years later, but can he transfer that form to the ice?
The 28-year-old athlete could be one to watch, boasting the physical prowess and competitive streak that has seen her pick up gold medals in the 400m hurdles and 4x400m relay. However, will Perri be able to transfer her impressive skills from the track to the ice?
Actor and TV presenter Donna Air is said to be concerned about her posture going into the new Dancing on Ice series. The former Byker Grove and Big Breakfast star is more at home in the fashion world nowadays, but can she turn on the style when she hits the rink?
Who Will Win Dancing on Ice 2018?
The producers of Dancing on Ice 2018 have put together a cast list that seems difficult to pick from. Most of those taking to their local rink to warm up for the new series come backed by an army of adoring fans and there doesn’t seem to be a Todd Carty-style fall guy amongst them.
Despite his Love Island success Kem might struggle on a bigger stage, where a proportion of the viewers will not know who he is. Similarly, Jake did well in I’m a Celebrity, where his cheeky, boy-next-door personality was allowed to shine through, but there will be less opportunity for that in this competition,where more time is dedicated to the performance than getting to know the contestants.
Rugby fans will boost Max’s vote, but that might not be enough alone, whilst viewers will want to watch Cheryl Baker in action before making their mind up about the singer’s prospects.
Anthony Cotton certainly has popularity and determination on his side, and showed off an admirable amount of agility in Let’s Dance for Comic Relief, whilst athlete Perri Shakes-Drayton couldn’t succeed in her chosen career without a ruthless competitive streak and superhuman fitness, so could be worth keeping an eye on.
Without knowing how well they will fare on the ice, it’s difficult to know exactly, but with the backing of the audiences of two of the biggest shows on telly, it could come down to a three-way competition between Anthony, Brooke and Candice.
Sports.net’s Top Tip
Brooke Vincent to win Dancing on Ice 2018.