Dancing on Ice's Torvill and Dean admit three of this year's celebs are trained dancers

By Simon Duke

Dancing on Ice is back for a new series on Sunday night and Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean have admitted that three of this year's line-up are trained dancers, as they earmarked six potential winners from the class of 2022.

Since its return to screens in 2018, Dancing on Ice has proven to be compulsive viewing. Who can forget Gemma Collin's 'selling stories' spat with Jason Gardiner in 2019, followed by her dramatic tumble on the ice?

Then came all the Caprice partner drama in 2020, before Covid caused contestant chaos last year.

And then there's the amazing performances given by recent champions including James Jordan and Jake Quickenden.

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Last year's show was won by Capital radio host Sonny Jay and now a new crop of celebs, including pop star Rachel Stevens, Gazza's son Regan and former Strictly pro Brendan Cole are ready to take to the rink as the new series kicks off on Sunday, January 16.

Torvill and Dean will be back behind the judges' desk for another year and on Wednesday, they faced a grilling from Lorraine Kelly on who they thought would do well.

Jayne told her: "Judging by the masterclass back in October, it was the most high standard we've ever had.

"Certainly, there are at least six that we have our eyes on at the moment that could be winners."

Of this year's Dancing on Ice line-up, Brendan Cole, Kimberley Wyatt and Regan Gascoigne are all trained dancers.

But explaining that they still had a lot of work to do, Chris commented: "Obviously the dancers of the celebrities can do well, but they've got to master skating and that's the hardest thing.

"I think a lot of them take to the ice and think they can dance. The minute they put the skates on is a real leveller as they've got to learn the balance and then, when they've mastered that, then the dancing skills can come in.

"The likes of Brendan obviously and Kimberley may have an advantage."

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