Dancing on Ice 2021: Two Olympians confirmed for line-up

Olympians Graham Bell and Colin Jackson CBE have become the seventh and eighth celebrities confirmed to take part in Dancing on Ice 2021.

Skier Graham and sprint and hurdling athlete Colin appeared on BBC Breakfast on Saturday morning, where they confirmed the exciting news.

The duo will be joining the skating competition alongside Capital host Sonny Jay, Myleene Klass, Joe-Warren Plant, Denise Van Outen, Faye Brookes and Jason Donovan.

Talking to hosts John Kay and Sally Nugent, five-time Olympic skier Graham explained that it’s not the ice that scares him – it’s the dancing part.

He joked that the extent of his dancing experience was ‘dancing on tables, wearing ski boots in après ski. It’s not graceful and elegant.’

‘Colin’s probably called up Katrina Witt and flown her over from Germany and hired her as a private coach,’ he laughed.

And despite being excited about taking part, Colin went on to explain that he’s not so sure about wearing the skating boots.

He told the hosts: ‘The first thing for us all is to get used to our boots. I don’t know if you’ve tried ice skating boots but they are pretty tight so we’ve got to get our feet in there and start getting used to balancing on them.

‘We won’t get onto the ice fully until the middle of October.’

The athlete teased, though, that he can actually ice skate.

He continued: ‘I can do a little bit of skating. I think with sport in itself you’ve certainly got a bit of balance and that will be transferable in this circumstance. How much dancing we’ll do, who knows? We’ll see how the choreography goes.’

TV host Sally asked the pair who they thought might be strong competition, to which Graham replied: ‘Jason Donovan is obviously a big performer.

While Colin added: ‘Denise Van Outen can dance, she’s obviously been in musicals.’

That’s eight celebs down, another four to go, so who else will be joining the star-studded line-up?

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