Dancing on Ice announces skate-off’s first famous skater

ice dancing is back with a new generation of celebrities dreaming of gracefully gliding across the ice, an all-new judge, and the promise of more dangerous stunts.

Of course, that comes with eliminations, and tonight’s show (January 16) brought us one step closer to that, with hosts Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby announcing the first skaters for next week’s dance.

TV presenter Ria Hebden and her professional partner Łukasz Różycki got the fewest votes and will skate again next week. They will be joined in the daunting skate-off by one of the remaining couples performing next weekend.

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The six couples who will fight to stay off this skate-off and on the ice for another week are Paralympic athlete Stef Reid and his professional partner Andy Buchanan, the island of loveof Liberty Poole and Joe Johnson, and the dancer son of Paul Gascoigne, Regan Gascoigne, with his partner Karina Manta.

Rugby player Ben Foden and partner Robin Johnstone, Vamps guitarist Connor Ball with Alexandra Schauman and S Club 7 singer Rachel Stevens and partner Brendyn Hatfield will also perform next week and are likely to end up in the final two .

This week saw many outstanding performances, a swing or two, but there were no injuries and all the celebrities managed to stay on their feet.

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Happy Mondays star Bez made history with his performance as he took to the ice wearing a hard hat – the first ever celebrity to do so – as well as padding all over.

“I have everything; I have my helmet, wrist guards, elbow pads, knee pads, a back protector and, above all, one to protect my own maracas,” he revealed, making the judges and the hosts.

ice dancing will return on January 16, airing on ITV.

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