Dancing On Ice 2021: Pros Alexander Demetriou and Carlotta Edwards are replaced by a new married couple… after their eventual split amid Maura Higgins romance rumours last series
Dancing On Ice has finished revealing its 2021 contestants – and is now updating fans on who the pro skaters will be.
And there’s been a slight shuffle in the line-up for the forthcoming series, set to air in January.
Several new professionals will be added, with married (now separated) pros Alexander Demetriou and Carlotta Edwards being given the boot.
Shuffle: Dancing On Ice has revealed who their new 2021 pros will be – with married (since separated) skaters Alexander Demetriou and Carlotta Edwards [pictured] being given the boot
They will be replaced with a different husband/wife duo, in the form of Andy Buchanan and Robin Johnstone, who have in fact taken part on the series in the past.
Yebin Mok has also been recruited. She is the wife of another of the pros, Tom Naylor.
The replacement of Alexander comes after he was paired up with Love Island star Maura Higgins last year.
This prompted backstage rumours that they were more than skating partners, despite Alexander being married to Carlotta, and Maura being in a relationship with her Love Island co-star Curtis Pritchard. Carlotta was paired with magician Ben Hanlin.
Whisperings: The replacement of Alexander comes after he was paired up with Love Island star Maura Higgins last year
Curtis and Maura split up – although she has always denied any romance with her pro partner. And in April, shortly after the series concluded, so did Alexander and Carlotta.
He wrote on Instagram at the time: ‘Carlotta and I have separated. Although it saddens… I feel this is best for the both of us.’
He also hinted at the time that they wouldn’t be back this year for the show, having been part of it since it originally aired in 2006, returning for the reboot in 2018.
Andy and Robin are no strangers to the gig, with Andy previously skating with Anthea Turner and Zaraah Abrahams, while Robin was paired up with Gareth Thomas and Joe Pasquale.
The judges will stay the same: Ashley Banjo, John Barrowman, Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean
Back again: Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby continue to host the show
Other new additions include Disney On Ice star Angela Egan, Dancing On Ice Netherlands pro Klabera Komini, Cirque Du Soleil performer Karina Manta and her pro skating partner Joe Johnson.
Returning pros are Matt Evers, Alexandra Schauman and husband Lukasz Rozycki, Mark Hanretty, Hamish Gaman, Brendyn Hatfield and Vanessa Bauer.
The judges will stay the same: Jayne Torvill, Christopher Dean, John Barrowman and Ashley Banjo; while Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby continue to host.
The likes of Myleene Klass, Denise Van Outen, Rebekah Vardy, Billie Faiers and Jason Donovan will be part of the celebrity line-up this winter.
Dancing On Ice is set to return in January 2021 on ITV.
Dancing On Ice 2021: Who are the celebrities?
Profession: Musician and radio host
Myleene says: ‘My girls have always wanted me to do this but I’ve always been too scared someone will skate over my fingers!’
Profession: Actor and singer, best know for playing Scott Robinson in Neighbours
Jason says: ‘To be able to learn a skill and spend some time focused is quite exciting, and I’m looking forward to seeing you guys.’
Profession: Actress best known for her role as Kate Connor in Coronation Street
Faye says: ‘I’m so excited! The producers get to know you and this is the first time I think people are just going to see me, not being a character… Just being me – Faye!’
Profession: Former sprint and hurdling athlete, who has since carved out a career as a TV personality
Colin says: ‘You go out there, you enjoy yourself and you learn a new skill and to hone the skill of skating will just be a huge, huge plus. I’m looking forward to it.’
Profession: TV personality
Rebekah says: ‘I’m really looking forward to getting my teeth into that. I’m going to give my 100% effort for it all.’
Rufus says: ‘I’m doing it for the money. I don’t know if you’ve heard but about six months ago this global pandemic hit and made just about everything I’ve ever done to earn a pound note disappear!’
DENISE VAN OUTEN
Profession: Performer and presenter, best known for The Big Breakfast
Denise says: ‘I’m really excited. Finally, I get to tell people. I’ve kept this a secret from most of my friends and family. Betsy [her daughter] doesn’t even know….’
Profession: Singer and radio presenter, best known for his daily Breakfast Show on Capital Radio
Sonny says: ‘I don’t want to fall over, not in front of the nation. I don’t want to be a meme the next day!’
Profession: Actor best known for his role as Jacob Gallagher in Emmerdale
Joe-Warren says: ‘I’m super excited. I’m glad I have the time off Emmerdale to really focus on training…’
Profession: Former Olympic skier, who is also a TV presenter, adventurer and journalist
Graham says: ‘Ice doesn’t scare me, it’s the dancing… [My experience was confined to] ‘dancing on tables, wearing ski boots in après ski. It’s not graceful and elegant!’
Lady says: ‘I’m petrified, (but) I’ve always wanted to ice skate so what’s better than doing it in front of millions of people.’
Profession: Television personality
Billie says: ‘I am soooo excited to announce that I will be taking part. I still can’t believe I am actually doing it!!’