Dancing on ice 2011
This year ITV have trawled the very depths of the celebrity Z-list to find 16 victims willing to take up the challenge of trying to avoid a broken ankle or having to come fact to face with Jason Gardiner on a weekly basis.
There are a few faces you'll recognise but several you may not. There has been an increase in competitors this year from 14 to 16
Intoducing This years contestants:
Angela Rippon (66) Journo, newsreader, consumer champion and owner of those long, long legs Angela is the oldest contesant, by 10years (Dr Hilary last year) ever to have graced the DOI rink. Guest judge on last years show she braves it as a contestant
She skates with DOI newbie Sean Rice
Chloe Madely (23) - Have never been keen on Chloe. she's one of these girls that would've lived a life in total obscurity if her parents had been mr n mrs smith fron no. 22 down the road. Don't think she'll go very far in this comp as she won't carry the public vote. unless of course she turns out to be an olympic ice skating champ in the making!
She has DOI newcomerMicheal Zenezini as her partner.
Denise Welch(52) - Actress and 'Loose woman' We all know Denise for starring in corrie, Spender and much much more Denise struts her stuff with DOI regular Matt Evers.
Elen Rivas (35) - Spanish model, most famous for her relationship with footballer Frank Lampard has been paired with another DOI newcomer, Polish professional skater and acrobatLukask Rozycki.
Jennifer Metcalfe (27) - The Bradford born actress & The annual contribution from the Hollyoaks cast is paired with hunky Frenchman Sylvain Longchambon
Kerry Katona (30) - Ex Atomic kitten & former 'Queen of the Jungle' Kerry is already the bookies favourite to win. No stranger to controversy Kerry has the Marmite effect, but will the Sunday night audience love her or hate her. Her pairing with the Ken Barlow of DOI, professional skater and winner of last years competition Daniel Whiston. may help!
Laura Hamilton (28) - Nickleodeon TV presenter is partnered with another new (but well worth seeing) face to DOI Canadian Colin Ratushniak.
Nadia Swalhala (46) - TV presenter & Ex Eastenders actress Nadia is partnered with another new face to DOI Scottish figure skater Mark Hanretty.
Craig McLauhlan(45) - Aussie Craig One of our favourite 'neighbours' well for those of us over 35. Still looks quite fit at the tender age of 45. Let's see if he can strut his stuff on the ice instead, of a surf board. Partnered with regular DOI pro Maria Filippov.
Dave Vitty (36)- Not much to say about DJ Dave really but then he is a Radio 1 DJ. Dave is partnered with DOI pro favourite, Yorkshire lass Frankie Poultney
Dominic Cork (39)- This England Cricket legend is used to hitting 6's well he cirtainly scored top marks when he was parnered with the lovely Alexandra Schumann.
Jeff Brazier (31) Seasoned reality TV star Jeff is struttin' his stuff this year with DOI first-timer stunning Canadian pro skater Isabella Gauthier.
Johnson Beharry VC (31)- Born in Grenada Johnson recieved the Victoria Cross twice for saving members of his unit after being ambushed during a tours of Iraq. The VC is the highest medal for valor awarded in the British forces. He was formally invested with the VC by her Maj. in April 2005
Johnson skates with another newcomer this series Jodeyne Higgins.
Sam Attwater (24) - Ex Eastender Sam has set the bar high for his appearance on the ice. He wants to be better than Ray Quinn and Chris Fountain. Should be some thrilling performances in the pipeline. He is paired withBrianne Delcourt.
Steven Arnold (36) - The last time we saw Steven was under the rubble of 'The joinery' in Corrie. Totally unscathed Steven take to the ice with another pro newcomer, Russian ice star Nina Ulanova.
The last in this year's line up but by no means least Vanilla Ice (43)- American rapper born Robert Matthew Van Winkle (you can see why he change his name!) says one of his strong points is keeping time. Let's see if he can keep time on the ice with his lovely partner another first-timer on the show British skater Kate Stainsby.
Although all 16 celebrities are confirmed to be taking part it is rumoured that 4 will leave the competition before it starts properly!!!!
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