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star-studded Full Dancing On Ice line-up as new series kicks off tonight

The series will be hosted by Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby.

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Holly Willoughby (Ian West/PA)

Holly Willoughby (Ian West/PA)

Holly Willoughby (Ian West/PA)

Denise van Outen and Jason Donovan are to kick off a new series of Dancing On Ice on Sunday.

The skating competition will again be presented by Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby, with the expert judging panel of Jayne Torvill, Christopher Dean, entertainer and actor John Barrowman and Diversity choreographer and dancer Ashley Banjo.

Here is a look at the celebrities who will be taking to the ice.

– Rufus Hound

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Rufus Hound will take part in Dancing On Ice (ITV/PA)

Rufus Hound will take part in Dancing On Ice (ITV/PA)

Rufus Hound will take part in Dancing On Ice (ITV/PA)

Hound is a comedian whose recent acting credits include Sky One sitcom Trollied.

– Billie Shepherd

The reality TV star is perhaps best known for appearing in The Only Way Is Essex and for her show with her sister Sam, titled Sam & Billie: The Mummy Diaries, on ITVBe.

– Lady Leshurr

The rapper, real name Melesha Katrina O’Garro, hails from Birmingham and is perhaps best known for her Queen’s Speech series of freestyle performances.

– Rebekah Vardy

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Rebekah Vardy (Matt Crossick/PA)

Rebekah Vardy (Matt Crossick/PA)

Rebekah Vardy (Matt Crossick/PA)

The model and presenter, 38, is no stranger to reality TV, having appeared on I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! in 2017 and joined her husband, Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy, for two episodes of Celebrity Gogglebox.

Vardy made headlines around the world in October last year when rival Wag Coleen Rooney publicly claimed her Instagram account was the source of leaked stories about her private life.

Vardy denies the accusation and the pair are locked in a legal dispute.

– Colin Jackson

The Welsh star is no stranger to showing off fancy footwork, having come second in the 2005 series of Strictly Come Dancing with dance partner Erin Boag.

Jackson called time on his athletics career in front of an adoring home crowd at the World Indoor Championships in Birmingham in 2003.

– Graham Bell

Bell, 55, is an ex-Olympic skier. He was British ski champion eight times and retired as a professional ski racer in 1998.

Bell has since become a TV presenter, journalist and adventurer.

– Myleene Klass

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Myleene Klass (Lia Toby/PA)

Myleene Klass (Lia Toby/PA)

Myleene Klass (Lia Toby/PA)

The musician and television presenter was the first celebrity skater to be confirmed as taking part in Dancing On Ice 2021.

– Joe-Warren Plant

Emmerdale’s 18-year-old star, who is known for playing Jacob Gallagher, will also take part in the ITV programme.

– Denise Van Outen

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Denise Van Outen (Ian West/PA)

Denise Van Outen (Ian West/PA)

Denise Van Outen (Ian West/PA)

Presenter and actress Van Outen is also taking part in the competition.

She previously finished as runner-up in the 10th series of the BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing in 2012 and earlier this year competed on The Masked Singer as Fox.

– Faye Brookes

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Faye Brookes (Ian West/PA)

Faye Brookes (Ian West/PA)

The actress, who has said she is a trained dancer, will also star in the new series of Dancing On Ice.

Brookes, 33, is best known for her portrayal of Kate Connor on Coronation Street.

– Jason Donovan

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Jason Donovan (Isabel Infantes/PA)

Jason Donovan (Isabel Infantes/PA)

Jason Donovan (Isabel Infantes/PA)

Australian actor and singer Donovan will also compete in the programme.

The 52-year-old shot to fame playing Scot Robinson in the soap Neighbours.

– Sonny Jay

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Sonny Jay (Ian West/PA)

Sonny Jay (Ian West/PA)

Sonny Jay (Ian West/PA)

Jay is a former Britain’s Got Talent contestant and Capital Radio presenter.

The celebrities have been training for weeks ahead of the launch show, which is subject to strict coronavirus rules.

While former Olympic ice dancing champions Torvill and Dean will have to social distance throughout the competition, they have pre-recorded some routines to be aired during the series.

Six of the competition’s 12 couples will perform in week one, including actress and TV presenter van Outen, actors Donovan and Joe-Warren Plant, comedian Rufus Hound, media personality Rebekah Vardy and rapper Lady Leshurr.

During rehearsals for the programme, van Outen partially dislocated her shoulder after suffering a fall, however it is understood that she is still expected to perform.

Earlier this week, Willoughby said it had been a huge effort to prepare to broadcast this year’s show.

“It’s a massive production and in normal years it’s quite a feat getting this show to air,” she said.

“So you can imagine this year, more than ever, it’s come with challenges and one that the team have seen off at every point, and they have done it and it is quite remarkable, actually.

“I think we are all always proud of our team, but this year more than ever.”

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Graham Bell (Matt Frost/ITV)

Graham Bell (Matt Frost/ITV)

Graham Bell (Matt Frost/ITV)

Former Olympic skier Graham Bell will not be performing with his partner Yebin Mok during the first episode after she was injured during training when her leg was badly cut by a skate blade.

He will instead be performing in week two with Karina Manta while Mok continues to recover.

Vardy’s professional skate partner Andy Buchanan was also injured during training when his face was sliced by one of her blades.

Other celebrities taking part in the series include Coronation Street’s Faye Brookes, Towie cast member Billie Faiers, former Olympic hurdler Colin Jackson, television presenter Mylene Klass and radio host Sonny Jay.

Dancing On Ice airs at 6pm on Sunday on ITV and Virgin Media One.

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