Richard Blackwood and Gemma Collins sign up for Dancing On Ice
1 October 2018 - 1:00 PM

Richard Blackwood and Gemma Collins sign up for Dancing On Ice

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Gemma Collins and Richard Blackwood are the first stars confirmed for the next series of "Dancing On Ice".

The "Only Way is Essex" star has always dreamed of being a skater so she can't wait to start training for the celebrity show, even though she's feeling "scared and nervous" about taking part.

She said: "As a young girl my brother used to play ice hockey so I was at the rink a lot and I remember seeing some white boots in the shop and asking my mum to be a skater but she said "No, you're doing dance and drama and singing, you're not doing any more, we can't afford it." So I never got those white boots.

"I know how hard it is, I've done my research. I am scared and nervous, I don't know how they're gonna lift me up and how fast I can get around the ice... I really want to give this a go."

Meanwhile, Richard could be at an advantage over his fellow contestants as he admitted he's got a lot of skating experience.

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He said: "I grew up in Sweden so I used to skate out there. Frozen lakes, on the way to school and stuff, a lot of people don't know that... Every Wednesday and Friday it was the hang out when we were teenagers."

And the news made Gemma reconsider her decision to sign up.

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She quipped during a joint interview on "This Morning": "Now I'm about to pull out of the show."

But the former "EastEnders" actor insisted that doesn't mean the show will come easy to him.

He said: "I can skate but I normally dance on dry land, dancing and skating are two different things. I can move, I can shake my stuff."

A host of famous faces, including Jane Danson, Emma Atkins, and Brian McFadden, have been rumoured for the show but Phillip Schofield - who hosts both "This Morning" and "Dancing On Ice" with Holly Willoughby - has ruled out one name.

Reading out a list of rumoured hopefuls, he commented: "Rylan Clark-Neal - Rylan will never do it, he can skate but he's always said he'll never do it."

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