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Dancing on Ice: Surprising stars who took part in the ice skating show

Who can forget Pamela Anderson's appearance?!

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Gemma Strong
Online Digital News Director
3 November 2017
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Dancing on Ice fans are counting down the weeks until the 2018 revival series arrives on TV screens. The new show will see the return of This Morning's popular presenters Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield, who are teaming up again to host the popular ITV show, while legendary skating duo Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean will sit on the judging panel, alongside outspoken panellist Jason Gardiner.

With a number of celebrity contestants confirmed for the latest line-up - including the likes of Jake Quickenden, Candice Brown and Cheryl Baker - excitement is building as we edge closer to the January start date. With that in mind, HELLO! Online takes a look back at some of the previous stars of the show – from big American names, to Australian soap stars and British pop princesses.

Take a trip down memory lane, and remind yourself of some of the surprising past additions to the Dancing on Ice line-up.

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Pamela Anderson

One of the most famous faces to have taken to the ice is undoubtedly Pamela Anderson. The American actress and pin-up took part in the 2013 series of the show, competing against the likes of Anthea Turner, Shayne Ward, Keith Chegwin and Olympic gymnast Beth Tweddle, who went on to win.

Unfortunately for Pamela, her time on the show came to an abrupt end. She was the first competitor to leave the series, after stumbling during her skate-off against Keith.

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Corey Feldman

Another surprising celebrity signing to the show was Lost Boys actor Corey Feldman. The 46-year-old American star competed in the 2012 series, alongside the likes of EastEnders actress Laila Morse, Heidi Range, Jennifer Ellison and eventual winner Matthew Wolfenden.

Corey was fourth to leave the competition after losing out in a skate-off with Dallas actress Charlene Tilton. Speaking about his time on the show, he said: "It's been a lot of fun, a tremendous experience. I love London, so any excuse."

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Vanilla Ice

Rapper Vanilla Ice, real name Robert Van Winkle, took part in the 2011 series of Dancing On Ice, competing alongside the likes of Nadia Sawalha, Kerry Katona, Jeff Brazier and winner Sam Attwater. The singer was the sixth contestant to be eliminated from the competition after going head-to-head with Laura Hamilton in the skate-off. Gracious in his defeat, he thanked both their judges and the viewers for "a great adventure".

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Bonnie Langford

Bonnie Langford was one of the original Dancing on Ice stars, having competed in the very first series of the show, back in 2006. The age-defying actress, then nearly 50, wowed the audience and judges with her energy and flexibility, and went on to come third in the competition, behind Stefan Booth and Gaynor Faye.

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Stephen Gately

Late Boyzone star Stephen Gately took part in the second series of the show, back in 2007. Stephen was voted off the show after a skate-off with former footballer Lee Sharpe, but admitted he had loved every second of the competition. "It's been an absolutely amazing experience," he said at the time.

"Can I just say, everyone who works on the show, the judges, and all the people who voted for me, thank you so much. I've had a blast." Tragically, Stephen passed away two years later, in October 2009, at the age of 33.

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Emily Symons

Also taking part in the 2007 series was Australian soap star Emily Symons. Emily - best known for playing Marilyn in Home and Away, and Louise Appleton in Emmerdale – came fourth in the competition, after losing out in a skate-off with Blue star Duncan James. The show was eventually won by former rugby player Kyran Bracken.

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Samantha Mumba

Samantha Mumba was among the stars who signed up for the 2008 series of Dancing on Ice, alongside the likes of Gareth Gates, Linda Lusardi and Greg Rusedski. The Gotta Tell You singer was third to be eliminated from the competition, losing out to Steve Backley in a tense showdown.

The star thanked the judges and the audience, saying: "I've really enjoyed myself. This is something I'm going to keep up," before completing a lap of honour with partner Pavel Aubrecht.

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Gareth Gates

Gareth Gates fared better than his series three co-star Samantha, coming fourth in the competition. The Pop Idol star exited the show after a skate-off battle with Sam Attwater – the show's eventual winner. "It has been amazing, and I would like to thank this amazing lady [skating partner] Brianne," Gareth said as he departed the rink.

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Coleen Nolan

Loose Women favourite Coleen Nolan took part in the 2009 series of the show, alongside the likes of Melinda Messenger, Roxanne Pallett, Zoe Salmon and eventual winner Ray Quinn. Coleen came fourth in the competition and was praised for her courage after suffering a broken wrist injury while on the show. "It's not going to be the same without you," judge Karen Barber told her, while fellow judge Ruthie Henshall added: "You have been funny, courageous and inspiring."

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Rosemary Conley

A surprising addition to the 2012 series of Dancing on Ice was fitness star Rosemary Conley, then 65. Rosemary was voted out of the competition after a skate-off with Chemmy Alcott, but remained cheerful as she left the show, saying: "I have loved every second." Turning to her skating partner Mark Hanretty, Rosemary added: "This man is my new best friend, thank you for being the best nicest man God could put on this earth."