Dancing On Ice 2021: Stars slip into their sequins ahead of this weekend's debut

Denise Van Outen and Matt Evers

46 year old Denise is a peReformer and presenter known for The Big Breakfast.

Do you also have fitness goals?

Sure. I never did sport years ago and now. I'm 46 and I want to keep my body in shape, tone my bum and thighs, and prevent the old middle age from spreading!

Would you say this is the scariest thing that you have accepted?


How competitive do you feel about it – are you about to win it?

Well, that's the way it is with everything I do – I never go into anything and think I'll win, but when the game and the competition increase you become competitive, there is nothing you can do about it. I wouldn't say I have to win this. I just want to learn to skate, do my best and hope I can win it. It's more for myself to prove and enjoy and learn to do some of the tricks I've watched other people do. But don't get me wrong – I would love to do Bolero! I was a kid when I saw this. I will always remember seeing Torvill and Dean and just being in awe of them.

How do you feel about skating in front of the panel and are you ready for their feedback?

Yes, I've met Jayne and Chris before and I know that when they criticize you, they don't neglect their words. I can accept criticism because in the past I had to hand it out myself. I was a judge, so I know the role of a judge and am willing to offer constructive criticism.

If you were to describe to your pro partner what your strengths and weaknesses are, what would you tell them?

I would say I was a dancer in my youth and the last time I danced on Strictly, which was 2012. After a few glasses of wine I'll be a very good dancer in my kitchen, but that's about it and I & # 39; I never made it to the ice rink! I think once I master the skating, hopefully the old dancing skill will come back and I can marry the two of them and hopefully be elegant and graceful … instead of shameful.

Angela Egan and Sonny Jay

Sonny, 27, is a singer and radio host, known for his daily breakfast show on Capital Radio.

In addition to learning new skills, do you have fitness goals?

I really want to get fit. I've already started working with a personal trainer. Just because, first of all, I want to go out every week to feel comfortable and safe. I think if you feel like this then you will perform really well. And this is a good opportunity to get fit. I hope to get out of the show in the best shape I've ever been in. That is the goal.

What's the worst thing you've ever done?

I went to Got Talent in the UK in 2012 and that's more scary. When I did BGT, I was with two other people. That was more scary because I realized it was one of the greatest things I could ever do. This time, I'm doing it alone so I can't look at my two friends.

How competitive are you and do you want to win?

I didn't know how competitive I was until I was confirmed on this show and now I want to win it! I don't think you should ever come on a show like this and not want to win it. I want to take it really seriously, learn a skill, and do it just well enough that hopefully people want to see more every week.

How will you react to possible criticism from the panel?

I don't mind criticism. I think the judges are all giving constructive criticism and the show is about a journey for me. If you can come back week after week and be better than the week before, this should be the point. Getting Torvill and Dean to give you feedback on skating – you can't buy this! This is ridiculous, so go ahead.

Many people underestimate how strict the training schedule can be. How do you feel about it?

I'm really excited to be leaving my show in the morning and doing something else. I'm really. I have a small Vespa and will use my Vespa every day from work to training. I planned everything.

Joe-Warren Plant and Vanessa Bauer

The 18 year old actor is best known for his role as Jacob Gallagher in Emmerdale.

How will you react to possible criticism from the panel?

It's part of the experience, isn't it? Criticism is there to help you, so you need to take it as it is. It's not something to get upset about, everyone is criticized and it helps me get better.

If you had to describe your strengths and weaknesses to your professional partner, what would they be?

I wouldn't say that I am particularly strong. So work on that before trying a headbanger! And my balance isn't always brilliant BUT I'm unimpressed when I take all the lifts.

Why did you choose the show this year?

I think my age. At 18, I'm probably less afraid. I just felt like a good time to do this.

Dancing on Ice is known for its sequins and fake tan and makeup. Are you looking forward to this part?

I love that whole aspect. I did a bit of theater a while ago, I played Oliver and I really liked it. Donning the costumes is part of the fun and I look forward to it.

How will your castmates in Emmerdale react to you when you do Dancing on Ice?

You will be so helpful, especially Roxy [Shahidi] and Matthew [Wolfenden]. Matthew won the show in 2012, of course, and he always said you should do it to me. He told me it takes a lot of hard work and the commitment has to be there, but I'm ready for it. I know Matthew was very preoccupied with storylines when he did it, so he said to me, listen, if you ever would, remind yourself that it takes a lot of work. He'll be overjoyed when I do I think.

Graham Bell and Yebin Mok

Graham, 54, is an exOlympic skier who is also a TV presenter, adventurer and journalist …

In it to win?

I'm competitive, but I'd rather try to get what I can possibly achieve. Winning is something I have no control over. I can control how well we do – "we" because it is a team event. If you've seen the show in the past, it's all about building that trust with your partner. My goals are to try to perform well, try to skate well and put on a good show to show that the result of winning – I wouldn't put any money on myself!

How do you find receiving feedback from the panel?

Feedback is a gift. Whether you can take it or not is the key. I like feedback, it's really important. I've never been involved in a judged sport. In fact, many of the sports I did after skiing were against the clock. The clock never lies, but that's something else. It's a different animal.

Have you met Torvill and Dean before?

I met her in 84! It was my first Olympics. I was 18 and did the men's downhill run, didn't do particularly well, but I had a great time. I was arrested for stealing an Olympic flag. Best party of my life! I've also never been to Sarajevo and had a great time.

Would you call yourself an adrenaline junkie then?

Yes! In fact, I did a psychological analysis test for the ski Sunday and came across a lot of thrills, short attention spans, easily bored. All of these things. In general, I'm not afraid of things.

Lady Leshurr and Brendyn Hatfield

Lady Leshurr is a 30 year old rapper.

Many people underestimate the training they need to do. How well are you prepared for it?

Yes i am prepared. Because I want to learn in general, I feel like I'm really being invested. As soon as I'm on the ice and seeing progress, I know that I want to make an effort to keep getting better.

How daunting is the prospect of elevators and headbangers? Um … someone else said that headbanger word, what's that?

Well, your partner would be holding you by your ankles and essentially spinning you around …

[nervous laughter] I literally don't know what I'm getting myself into! At first I thought another celebrity was going to be my partner and I was a little worried. Now I know it's a pro, I'll trust him. And I'm only 7 and a half stone – it would be easy to toss me around! Really, I don't think I need to worry … I hope!

Dancing on Ice is known for its glamorous makeup, false eyelashes, and sequins. How do you like getting your glamor every week?

Look, my mouth was stretched so wide when they talked about feathers and glitter. It reminds me of my theater work. It's chic! I'm especially looking forward to that. The outfits will be fantastic. Last year's performance of the Lion King, the gargoyle! I love it. It's better than doing it in front of millions of people. "

Mark Hanretty and Billie Shepherd

Billie, 30, is an ex-TOWIE star and reality personality.

If you had to describe your strengths and weaknesses to your professional partner, what would they be?

I have an easy rhythm and have learned a routine for my wedding. It was fun, nothing serious and I was surprised how quickly I learned that. Kimberly Wyatt of The Pussy Cat Dolls taught us the routine and filmed it for us to watch and practice at home. I watched it and thought my dancing looked okay, I didn't do it badly, and it was just a session. My biggest weakness is definitely my nerves.

How will you react to the possible criticisms of the panel?

I think my face says it all, I can't hide it. It's constructive criticism so I'd take it on board to try and improve.

People talk about the fear factor associated with the show. How Much an Adrenaline Junkie Are You?

Not at all. I did everything before kids, but since I've had kids I've been so much more of a chicken. I just got a little bit more cautious even though I signed up for this show and was told it was dangerous!

How daunting is the prospect of elevators and headbangers?

I saw clips of Jorgie Porter when she was on the show and she was amazing. I think if I'm good enough I would love to do it. When you think of Dancing On Ice, you think of someone doing the headbanger. I think you have to feel safe enough to be able to do this, but that would be my goal to be able to do lifts and the headbanger.

Why did you decide to take part now?

It's a personal challenge. I've never pushed myself out of my comfort zone, I've always done things on TV that I'm comfortable with, and if something came in I'd rather miss the opportunity than push myself. I think it's an opportunity not to be missed. I just had to try and do it and hopefully I'll do well.

What do your family think of your participation in the show?

You are really excited. I know it will be very heavy and very crowded and I may not be there when we rehearse, but I think it will be good for my six year old daughter Nelly if I do. I think it will be cool for her to see her mom take part in the show. She loves ice skating.

Do you know anyone who has been on the series and if so, have they provided advice?

I know Gemma Collins, but I haven't reached her. I don't know if Gemma would give me what I want to hear. I always saw her when she was training for it and she said it was really hard and she was exhausted. I know it will be very difficult, I'm prepared for that. There are so many positive aspects that I think I will benefit from participating.