Dancing On Ice stars Brendan Cole and Vanessa Bauer get really close during rehearsals

He is set to appear on Dancing On Ice when the new series launches this Sunday.

And Brendan Cole, 45, was seen getting closer to his skating partner Vanessa Bauer, 25, as they rehearsed on Saturday.

The couple were seen looking into each other’s eyes as they practiced their romance routine to James Arthur’s 2016 song Say You Won’t Let Go.

Comfortable: Brendan Cole, 45, was seen getting closer to his skating partner Vanessa Bauer, 25, as they rehearsed for Dancing On Ice on Saturday

Former Strictly Come Dancing pro Brendan skated with his arms around Vanessa as they crossed the ice.

Dressed in activewear, the couple appeared in the moment as they rehearsed the routine. The steamy performance will catch viewers’ attention this weekend when they debut the new series.

They are already favorites to win the show despite the fact that the first episode has yet to air.

Born to play: Former strictly professional Brendan skated with his arms around Vanessa as they practiced their romantic routine to James Arthur's 2016 song Say You Won't Let Go

Born to play: Former strictly professional Brendan skated with his arms around Vanessa as they practiced their romantic routine to James Arthur’s 2016 song Say You Won’t Let Go

However, despite being an experienced dancer, Brendan admitted he found the DOI rehearsals difficult early on, with the star having previously fallen on the ice and suffered a concussion.

Brendan admitted he was “embarrassed” when he was sent crashing onto the ice on his first day on the ice in October.

Speaking to Ranvir Singh on Friday in Lorraine, he said: ‘I’m doing really well, we fall every day, I think I’ve seen Vanessa do it once, and the worst thing you can do is fall on the same one twice blue.

Ready to dance: The steamy dance routine will grab viewers' attention this weekend when they debut the new series on Sunday

Ready to dance: The steamy dance routine will grab viewers’ attention this weekend when they debut the new series on Sunday

“I had a concussion the first day of October before I met Vanessa, which bothered me, but that’s why Dancing on Ice is so exciting. I thought the lifts would be easy, but not on the blades.

Brendan added that given his stage experience, he thought he would be ready to hit the ice, but still found the practice challenging.

He told Ranvir: “I was hoping it would be a bit better because I’m not suffering too much from the nerves, the lights and the studio make my heart race, there are two days left but I’m excited after three months of training. ‘

Whoops!  Brendan recently revealed he suffered a concussion after suffering a bad fall on his first day of training

Whoops! Brendan recently revealed he suffered a concussion after suffering a bad fall on his first day of training

Currently, Brendan has been named as the favorite to win the show, with odds of 3-1 according to Coral.

Regan Gascoigne is the 4-1 second seed with the show starting this weekend, with Liberty Poole and Kimberley Wyatt third at 5-1.

Brendan will take to the ice with veteran pro Vanessa, who was once crowned series champion with Jake Quickenden, and he admitted they are definitely on the same page when it comes to their competitive nature.

He added: “I’ve seen Vanessa’s background and that’s why I’m so thrilled to be associated with her, I love her drive and her passion for what she does, her art, as a choreographer.

“I also like having a say, which she learns quickly. We want to be really amazing in the first week, there will be mistakes and we will continue.

Exciting: The dancer will take to the ice with veteran pro Vanessa, who was once crowned champion in the series with Jake Quickenden

Exciting: The dancer will take to the ice with veteran pro Vanessa, who was once crowned champion in the series with Jake Quickenden

Brendan also hit back at fan criticism saying he had an unfair advantage thanks to his dance training, while praising the appointment of his former Strictly co-star Oti Mabuse as judge.

He added: “Obviously there were people who said it wasn’t fair that I was a dancer, but there are other dancers on the show, Oti is a great friend of mine and that is such an amazing person to have on the panel.”

Love Islander Liberty Poole, 21, Olympic BMX silver medalist Kye Whyte, 22, Paul Gascoigne’s son, Regan Gascoigne, 25, The Vamps’ Connor Ball, 25, rugby star Ben Foden, 36, are ready to participate in the new series of Dancing On Ice. , and Paralympian Stef Reid, 37.

Other celebrities taking part include presenter Ria Hebden, 38, pop star and actress Kimberly Wyatt, 39, professional dancer Brendan Cole, 45, and Happy Mondays dancer Bez, 57.

Dancing on Ice’s new series begins Sunday January 16 at 6.30pm on ITV.

Coming soon: Dancing on Ice starts Sunday January 16 at 6.30pm on ITV

Coming soon: Dancing on Ice starts Sunday January 16 at 6.30pm on ITV

Dancing On Ice 2022: Who are the celebrities?

KYE WHY

Age: 22

Job: Olympic BMX rider

Kye says: “I would like to see if I can make the final because I’m very competitive.”

RACHEL STEVENS

Age: 43

Job: A singer

rachel says: “It now feels really real, it really is happening. I’m so excited, obviously very nervous.

FREEDOM POOL

Age: 22

Job: love island star

Liberty says: “I sometimes ice skate as a hobby so I can move around the rink, but I can’t do tricks”

STEF REID

Age: 36

Job: Paralympian

Steve says: “I’m going to Dancing on Ice and it’s a little scary but I can’t wait!”

REGAN GASCOIGNE

Age: 26

Job: A singer

Regan says: “I love to dance, but that’s the skill of it. I always wanted to do this. Always! Since I was a kid!’

KIMBERLY WYATT

Age: 39

Age: 39

Job: singer of the Pussycat Dolls

Kimberley says: ‘I’m just excited to see what I can do there. I’m ready for a challenge!’

BRENDAN COLE

Age: 45

Job: Dancer

Brandan says: “I know I’ve been doing the show for a while and I want to start, I’m so excited to be on the show.”

BEN FODEN

Age: 36

Job: Rugby player

Ben says: “I like the idea of ​​learning a new sport and a new skill. I’m pretty competitive too.

SALLY DYNEVOR

Age: 58

Job: Coronation Street actress

Sally says: ‘It’s a huge challenge. I’m so afraid! I just have to take every opportunity that comes my way.

BEZ

Age: 57

Job: Happy Mondays

Bez says: “I’m always up for a challenge and I’m already training on the ice.”

Ria Hebden

Age: 36

Job: Presenter

Ria says: “It will be awesome to learn a scary new skill.”

CONNOR BALL

Age: 25 years old

Age: 25

Job: The bass player of The Vamps

Connor says: ‘I’m obviously excited but I’m really nervous. I’m pretty clumsy, accident prone.

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