Emmy GriffithsFind out everything you need to know about the Dancing on Ice 2019 pairings - who are you rooting for?
Dancing on Ice is set to return to our screens early in 2019, and ITV have already began to announce several of the celebrities and their partners who have already started their training for the popular ice skating competition. Meanwhile, Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield will return to host the show in January, alongside their This Morning duties, while judges Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean are expected to reprise their judging roles. Original judge Karen Barber is also being brought back as the show's new head judge. Click through our gallery to see who will be skating with who for the new series...
Corrie's very own Leanne Battersby will be taking part with Sylvain by her side! Last year Sylvain skated with Stephanie Waring, and was unfortunately the second pair to leave the show. Jane revealed she had been taking advice from her colleague who had appeared on the show, explaining: "I'm getting loads of tips from Samia [Longchambon], and Brooke [Vincent] and Antony [Cotton], and Andrew Whyment's done it before, so I've got real lovely support from the cast."
Brian McFadden and Alex Murphy
Alex Murphy knows the score with Dancing on Ice, finishing in fourth place with Love Island's Kem in 2018. She will be dancing with former Westlife band member Brian McFadden, who opened up about the gig on Lorraine, saying: "I'm very excited. I've already been practising out the back garden on my rollerblades and my mum says I'm a one man Torvill and Dean. Watch this space."
Richard Blackwood and Carlotta Edwards
Carlotta is brand new to the show this series, and will be learning the ropes with her celebrity dance partner, comedian Richard Blackwood. The celeb, who played Vincent Hubbard in EastEnders, revealed that he does have some experience at ice skating already as he grew up in Sweden. Keep your eye on this one!
Gemma Collins and Matt Evers
The Only Way is Essex breakout star is in good hands with Matt, who is the only skater to have appeared in every single series of the show. Unfortunately, Matt had a tough time in the 2018 series after he and his celebrity dance partner, Candice Brown, were the first to be voted out. Hopefully he has more luck with the GC!
James Jordan and Alexandra Schauman
Alexandra is a Dancing on Ice veteran after appearing in seasons 5, 6, 7 and 9, and is returning to the series after a break in 2018 with James by her side! James might be a dancing professional, but he denied that he had an unfair advantage, telling BBC Radio 5 Live: "People are going to probably say I've got an unfair advantage but when I got on the ice, I actually shocked myself how bad I was. I can dance but I'm a lot older than I used to be. I want to be able to impress Torvill and Dean more than anyone else, but I'm a lot worse than I thought I'd be."
Mark Little and Brianne Delcourt
Brianne is returning to the show after having reached fifth place with her celeb partner, Alex Beresford, in 2018. This time she is joined by Neighbours star Mark Little, who said: "How exciting this is! My skating is pretty rickety. I'll be trying to find the elegance, the strength, the smoothness. I'm a bit of a danger man, a bit of a risk-taker, and I do like dancing so let's see what happens."
Ryan Sidebottom and Brandee Malto
Brandee joined the show during it's reboot in 2017, and we're delighted to see her return next year with cricketer, Ryan. Previously partnered with Antony Cotton, they were the sixth pair to leave the competition last year. Speaking about taking part, Ryan said: "I'm immensely excited. It's obviously something totally different, massively out of my comfort zone. I'm just going to enjoy the ride, I don't take myself too seriously. I'm going to embrace it, enjoy it, and have a laugh and a giggle along the way."
Saara Aalto and Hamish Gaman
Hamish was third out of the competition in 2018 with Perri Shakes Drayton, but is his luck about to change with his new celebrity partner? X Factor finalist Saara opened up about the exciting opportunity, saying: "I'm super excited about this, I love new challenges and I'm very ambitious. I can be very competitive, but I mainly want to challenge myself. I'll be saying to myself, 'Saara, you need to push yourself more!' I am so ready for this and I can't wait to get on the ice."