PICTURE EXCLUSIVE: Michelle Heaton arrives at first Dancing On Ice training session

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Michelle Heaton, Patsy Palmer and Joey Essex were among the stars arriving for their first Dancing On Ice training session in Alexandra Palace on Wednesday.

Beaming singer Michelle, 43, looked ready to take to the rink in a sporty dark green exercise outfit and padded jacket as she carried a helmet with her while heading to the sports centre.

Actress Patsy, 50, also looked in good spirits as she prepared for the competition, while former TOWIE star Joey, 32, rocked a casual ensemble and cap as he arrived.

Actress Carley Stenson, 40, wrapped up warm in a padded jacket and beanie hat as she made her arrival, while The Vivienne looked quirky in a black fluffy dress and tights.

The Wanted star Siva, 33, was also spotted arriving and cut a casual figure in a black tracksuit for the rehearsals.   

It comes as Siva was confirmed as the final star to sign up for the new series of Dancing On Ice.

Rehearsals: Beaming singer Michelle, 43, looked ready to take to the rink in a sporty dark green exercise outfit

Outfit: She also wore a padded jacket as she carried a helmet with her while heading to the sports centre

Rehearsals: Beaming singer Michelle, 43, looked ready to take to the rink in a sporty dark green exercise outfit and padded jacket as she carried a helmet with her while heading to the sports centre

The star is the 11th celebrity competitor for the ITV figure skating competition which is set to air in January.

The former boybander confirmed the news during an appearance on Good Morning Britain on Tuesday, revealing his late bandmate Tom Parker inspired him to take part.

Revealing the news exclusively to ITV’s Good Morning Britain, Siva said: ‘I’m very excited. I’m trying to be positive and not be in a fearful mindset!’

All smiles: Actress Carley Stenson, 40, wrapped up warm in a padded jacket

Chilly: She wore a beanie hat as she made her arrival

All smiles: Actress Carley Stenson, 40, wrapped up warm in a padded jacket and beanie hat as she made her arrival

Contestant: The Wanted star Siva, 33, was also spotted arriving and cut a casual figure in a black tracksuit for the rehearsals

Contestant: The Wanted star Siva, 33, was also spotted arriving and cut a casual figure in a black tracksuit for the rehearsals

‘I’m looking forward to meeting all the cast. I want to learn how to skate and make my family proud of me and put on a show for everyone to see and hopefully not make a fool of myself!’

It was announced on Monday that former Liberty X star Michelle was the 10th celebrity to sign up for the upcoming series of Dancing On Ice.  

The singer confirmed the exciting news on Monday’s Lorraine as she told the presenter she ‘never’ could have competed in previous years due to damage caused to her body by alcoholism.

Yay! Patsy appeared on This Morning from her home in Malibu, California to confirm her participation

Yay! Patsy appeared on This Morning from her home in Malibu, California to confirm her participation

Show: It comes as Siva was confirmed as the final star to sign up for the new series of Dancing On Ice

Show: It comes as Siva was confirmed as the final star to sign up for the new series of Dancing On Ice

She said: ‘I’m so excited, I can’t believe it. Me and the kids are huge fans and we watch every series. I would never have been able to compete because of the way my body is and I’m so grateful I got this this year so I can do it properly.  

‘I have no idea what I’m doing. I’m not a skater. I’ve been on the ice a few times to audition. I get my skates tomorrow.’

After confirming he was appearing on the show, Darren Harriott joked his ‘giant feet’ could be problematic.

Excitement: The former boybander confirmed the news during an appearance on Good Morning Britain on Tuesday

Kind: He revealed his late bandmate Tom Parker inspired him to take part

Excitement: The former boybander confirmed the news during an appearance on Good Morning Britain on Tuesday, revealing his late bandmate Tom Parker inspired him to take part

The comedian, 34, joined Trisha Goddard on Talk TV to confirm he was the ninth celebrity in the line-up, where he said: ‘I’ve got giant feet, I don’t skate and I can’t dance! 

‘My family has already made bets – they’re making bets that I’ll fall on the first episode!’ 

Darren is best known for his stand-up work on the BBC Radio 4 series, Darren Harriott’s Black Label and was nominated for the Best Newcomer Award at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2017 and Best Show Award in 2019. 

Fame: Revealing the news on social media, The Vivienne said:'I'm beyond excited to announce that I will be competing in Dancing on Ice in 2023!'

All smiles: There was plenty of leg on display

Fame: Revealing the news on social media, The Vivienne said: ‘I’m beyond excited to announce that I will be competing in Dancing on Ice in 2023!’

Away: Patsy lives in Malibu with husband Richard Merkell and their three children, Fenton, 22, Emilia, 20, and Bertie, 10, after relocating to the United States in 2014

Away: Patsy lives in Malibu with husband Richard Merkell and their three children, Fenton, 22, Emilia, 20, and Bertie, 10, after relocating to the United States in 2014

Family: She is also a parent to actor Charley Palmer Rothwell, 30 - her UK based son with former partner Alfie Rothwell

Family: She is also a parent to actor Charley Palmer Rothwell, 30 – her UK based son with former partner Alfie Rothwell

TOWIE star Joey Essex was unveiled as the eighth star to sign up for hit show, following on from RuPaul’s Drag Race UK’s The Vivienne and Coronation Street star Mollie Gallagher and Olympic gymnast Nile Wilson. 

Speaking on Friday’s This Morning Joey revealed he had been set to appear in the 2013 series but had been ‘too immature’ and ‘messing around’ during a rehearsal.

Joining Dermot O’Leary and Alison Hammond in the studio, he said: ‘I’m so excited. I wanted something in my life with structure and it’s more serious than what I usually do.

Challenge: Joining Dermot O'Leary and Alison Hammond in the studio, he said:'I'm so excited. I wanted something in my life with structure and it's more serious than what I usually do'

Busy: 'I've done all the dating shows in the world but this is more serious... like SAS: Who Dares Wins'

Challenge: Joining Dermot O’Leary and Alison Hammond in the studio, he said: ‘I’m so excited. I wanted something in my life with structure and it’s more serious than what I usually do’

‘I’ve done all the dating shows in the world but this is more serious… like SAS: Who Dares Wins.’

‘I used to go to foam parties in a dancing rink, I’m not the best skater. I did it maybe when I was 11 or 12 but nothing proper. It’s scary, it’s a competition, I’ve done The Jump which is similar sort of… well I won it but I don’t know how.

‘This is one of them shows I’m looking at thinking winning would be a bonus, I’m gonna put all my energy into it.

Signed up: It was announced on Monday that former Liberty X star Michelle was the 10th celebrity to sign up for the upcoming series of Dancing On Ice

Signed up: It was announced on Monday that former Liberty X star Michelle was the 10th celebrity to sign up for the upcoming series of Dancing On Ice

‘When I came out of the jungle in 2013, we met with producers, I went on the ice but I was a little bit immature and was messing around and it wasn’t right for me and the producers knew too but at this time of my life I’m ready. 

James Lee Williams, 29, the drag queen from Liverpool best known as The Vivienne, won the first series of the hit show, which aired in 2019. 

Since winning the series, they have gone on to front a number of TV shows in the United States and also appeared in the special Christmas edition of BBC’s The Great British Sewing Bee.

Revealing the news on social media, The Vivienne said: ‘I’m beyond excited to announce that I will be competing in Dancing on Ice in 2023! 

Ready for action: Carley wore a blue zip-up top and red leggings

Ready for action: Carley wore a blue zip-up top and red leggings

‘This is honestly a dream come true and I can’t wait to start training on the ice. To be the first drag artist to take part in one of the big UK reality competition shows is truly an honour. 

‘I think it’s a big step forward for queer representation on TV.’ 

Coronation Street star Mollie Gallagher announced she was joining the series during an episode Lorraine, with the 24-year-old actress saying: ‘I’ve been keeping it a secret but I can tell everyone now.

‘I’ve not got the best coordination so when people find out they will laugh, but I don’t want to spend my life saying ‘I can’t do this, I can’t do that”.’

Hugs: Siva and The Vivienne shared a hug

Hugs: Siva and The Vivienne shared a hug

In good spirits: John Fashanu looked cool in cargo trousers and a navy jacket

Thrilled: He flashed a smile

In good spirits: John Fashanu looked cool in cargo trousers and a navy jacket 

Practical: Michelle pulled her hair back into plaits

Practical: Michelle pulled her hair back into plaits 

The actress – who plays Nina Lucas on the ITV soap – revealed she’d been seeking advice from her Corrie co-stars, saying: ‘I’ll be getting all the tips I can because I’m going to need it!’

Olympic gymnast Nile Wilson was also announced for the show last week.

Revealing the news on his YouTube channel, Nile, 26, said: ‘I’m going to be on ITV’s Dancing on Ice! This is a really cool thing.

Action time: The stars have until January to prepare themselves for the show

Action time: The stars have until January to prepare themselves for the show

Warm: Carley had on a hat in the cool temperatures

Warm: Carley had on a hat in the cool temperatures

‘I’ve certainly not done much ice-skating but I am so excited for the opportunity. I’m so excited to get into that routine and to feel like an athlete again.’

Love Island favourite Ekin-Su confirmed she’d signed up for the skating show after her boyfriend Davide Sanclimenti said he turned down an offer to join.

Speaking on Good Morning Britain, the reality star, 28, gushed ‘I’m so excited, I can’t wait to get myself on the ice and skate. Stay tuned and see you on the ice.

Michelle Heaton

Patsy Palmer

Training starts: Michelle and Patsy looked ready for action

Nerves: Siva looked apprehensive ahead of the training

Nerves: Siva looked apprehensive ahead of the training 

Nervous: Carley flashed an apprehensive smile

Nervous: Carley flashed an apprehensive smile 

Filming: Patsy was walking in with a man with a camera

Filming: Patsy was walking in with a man with a camera

Plans: Siva said:'I want to learn how to skate and make my family proud of me and put on a show for everyone to see'

Plans: Siva said: ‘I want to learn how to skate and make my family proud of me and put on a show for everyone to see’

Heading to the rink: Joey was in the zone as he walked through the car park

Heading to the rink: Joey was in the zone as he walked through the car park

Happy and smiling: Michelle looked thrilled to be taking part

Happy and smiling: Michelle looked thrilled to be taking part 

Ready: John, 60, said:'I'm so excited to be a part of Dancing on Ice! I don't think it'll come as a surprise to people that I'm very competitive - I am definitely in it to win it'

Ready: John, 60, said: ‘I’m so excited to be a part of Dancing on Ice! I don’t think it’ll come as a surprise to people that I’m very competitive – I am definitely in it to win it’

Fans: The Vivienne gave a friendly wave

Fans: The Vivienne gave a friendly wave 

It was also previously revealed that John Fashanu would be joining the cast, after Patsy Palmer confirmed her participation.

John, 60, said: ‘I’m so excited to be a part of Dancing on Ice! I don’t think it’ll come as a surprise to people that I’m very competitive – I am definitely in it to win it.

‘And this may be one of the scariest things I’ve ever signed up for but I couldn’t be more ready for the challenge!’  

Patsy appeared on This Morning from her home in Malibu, California to confirm her participation.

The EastEnders icon, 50, said: ‘I can’t believe I’m the first one. This was the one I really had to think about, I wanted to challenge myself, get out of my comfort zone.’

DANCING ON ICE 2023: MEET THE CONTESTANTS

PATSY PALMER 

AGE: 50

PROFESSION: Actress and DJ

WHAT DID THEY SAY?:  ‘I’ve turned it down before because I was terrified, but when I turned 50 I made a pact to get out of my confront zone. ‘

EKIN-SU CULCULOGLU

AGE: 28

PROFESSION: Love Island star 

WHAT DID THEY SAY?:  ‘I’ve got some amazing news to tell you. I’m so excited, I can’t wait to get myself on the ice and skate. Stay tuned and see you on the ice.’

 MOLLIE GALLAGHER 

AGE: 24

PROFESSION: Actress

WHAT DID THEY SAY?: ‘I’ve not got the best coordination so when people find out they will laugh, but I don’t want to spend my life saying “I can’t do this, I can’t do that.”

JOEY ESSEX

AGE: 32 

PROFESSION: Ex TOWIE star

WHAT DID THEY SAY?: ‘I’m so excited. I wanted something in my life with structure and it’s more serious than what I usually do.’

 CARLEY STENSON

AGE: 36

PROFESSION: Actress and West End star

WHAT DID THEY SAY?: ‘I’m so excited that I get to learn how to dance…on ice! I’m terrified but can’t wait – I just want to make the most of this whole experience.’

SIVA KANESWARAN

AGE: 33

PROFESSION: Singer

WHAT DID THEY SAY?: ‘I want to learn how to skate and make my family proud of me and put on a show for everyone to see.’

 JOHN FASHANU 

AGE: 60

PROFESSION: Former footballer and pundit 

WHAT DID THEY SAY?:  ‘I am definitely in it to win it.And this may be one of the scariest things I’ve ever signed up for but I couldn’t be more ready for the challenge!’

NILE WILSON

AGE: 26

PROFESSION: Olympic gymnast 

WHAT DID THEY SAY?: ‘I’ve not done much ice-skating but I am so excited for the opportunity. I’m so excited to get into that routine and to feel like an athlete again.’

 JAMES LEE WILLIAM AKA THE VIVIENNE 

AGE: 29

PROFESSION: Drag queen

WHAT DID THEY SAY?: ‘To be the first drag artist to take part in one of the big UK reality competition shows is an honour and a big step forward for queer representation on TV.’

  DARREN HARRIOT 

PROFESSION: Comedian 

AGE: 34 

WHAT DID THEY SAY?: ‘I’ve got giant feet, I don’t skate and I can’t danceMy family has already made bets – they’re making bets that I’ll fall on the first episode!’ 

 MICHELLE HEATON

AGE: 43

PROFESSION: Singer

WHAT DID THEY SAY?: ‘I’ve always wanted to do it but I know I would never have been able to complete anything because of the way I was 18 months ago, so I’m really truly grateful that I’ve got it this year when I’m a lot stronger.’

 

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