Gemma Collins to skate with Matt Evers
7 November 2018 - 8:00 AM

Gemma Collins to skate with Matt Evers

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Gemma Collins will skate with Matt Evers on "Dancing On Ice".

The "Only Way is Essex" star has landed the programme's most experienced professional skater - who has appeared in all 10 series but was voted off first with Candice Brown in the most recent run - and they have now begun rehearsing together.

It has also been confirmed that cricketer Ryan Sidebottom will skate with Brandee Malto, who made her debut on the show in the last series when she was partnered by "Coronation Street" actor Antony Cotton.

The couplings come after four other pairings were revealed earlier this week.

Former "Strictly Come Dancing" dancer James Jordan will skate with Alexandra Schauman, while ex-"Neighbours" actor Mark Little will team up with Brianne Delcourt and singer Saara Alto will perform with Hamish Gaman.

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"Coronation Street" actress Jane Danson is likely to already know her partner, Sylvain Longchambon, well because he's married to her co-star Samia Ghadie.

Though the other pairings have yet to be revealed, ITV recently confirmed the line-up of professionals taking part this year.

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Last year's winner Vanessa Bauer - who was partnered with Jake Quickenden - is returning, alongside Alex Murphy, Mark Hanretty and Lukasz Royzcki, and newcomers Carlotta Edwards and Alexander Demetriou.

Fan favourite Dan Whiston will be Associate Creative Director on the new series.

Other celebrities taking part include Wes Nelson, Brian McFadden, Didi Conn and Melody Thornton.

Karen Barber is back as head coach, while Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean will head up the judging panel once more alongside Jason Gardiner and Ashley Banjo.

Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield are back as hosts, and Kem Cetinay - who came fourth last year - has a new role as digital reporter.

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