BY BILLY SUTER
A SAME-SEX couple and a blind person are among the 12 contestants on the latest season of Dancing on Ice, which starts on DStv’s ITV Choice at 8pm on Friday, February 7.
This is the 12th season of the popular British series in which celebrity skaters will be taking to the ice in a blaze of glory, as each week they go head to head in a bid to become champions of the ice.
The celebrities and their dance partners include TV presenter Radzi Chinyanganya, who teams with professional dancer Jessica Hatfield: and model and fashion brand owner Caprice Bourret, dancing with Hamish Gaman.
Paralympian Libby Clegg, who is the show’s first blind contestant, will partner with professional skater Mark Hanretty. Ian “H” Watkins, once part of the UK pop group Steps, will be partnered with professional skater Matt Evers, making them the show’s first same-sex dance couple
Talk show host Trisha Goddard partners with Łukasz Różycki; magician and TV presenter Ben Hanlin dances with Carlotta Edwards; Perri Kiely known for dancing in the popular group Diversity, will accompany Vanessa Bauer; and Coronation Street actress Lisa George will partner with Tom Naylor.
ITV News host Lucrezia Millarini will be dancing with professional Brendyn Hatfield; Love Island 2019’s Maura Higgins partners with Alexander Demetriou; footballer Kevin Kilbane dances with Brianne Delcourt; and actor and presenter Joe Swash will team up with pro skater Alexandra Schauman.
The series will, once again, be hosted by Holly Willoughby and Philip Schofield. The judges for this series sees the return of Jayne Torvill, Christopher Dean and Diversity star Ashley Banjo, who will be joined by actor and singer John Barrowmen (Doctor Who, Torchwood ), who replaces Jason Gardiner.