Gemma Collins could prove to be a surprise on Dancing On Ice when it hits screens in 2019.
Gemma, who rose to fame on The Only Way Is Essex, was the first name confirmed for next year's new series.
"I’m so excited, I’m so excited! I know how hard it is, I’ve done my research, don’t worry!" The GC said on signing up. "I'm scared and nervous. I don’t know one how they’re gonna lift me up, and two how fast I can move around that ice, but I really wanna give it a go. "I love the costumes, I want the fun factor. I’m going for it, I’m literally going for it."
Although many were first surprised by the news, Gemma is proving a perhaps unlikely contender.
Her professional partner Matt Evers thinks she'll surprise viewers when the competition begins in January.
He told FuBar Radio: “She is working her little tail off. I think she’s really going to surprise a lot of people.
“As long as she sticks with it, because as we know with her history she hasn’t had the best – I don’t want to say she’s a quitter – but she has fully committed to this up to this point. She really wants to nail this.”
Matt went on: "Everybody’s been asking ‘how are you going to pick her up?’ or whatever. At the end of the day, this is called Dancing on Ice, not lifting on ice.
“She can skate, I can tell you that," he added, "I’m a proud parent that’s for sure. We’ve got some big things in store."
He added that "anyone can win" ahead of the first live on Sunday, January 6.
Bookies currently have Gemma is an outside 16/1 shot to win.
Meanwhile, Pussycat Doll Melody Thornton and Love Island’s Wes Nelson are currently tied for second favouritism at 9/2 but it is former professional Strictly Come Dancing star James Jordan who is the hot favourite at 11/4.
Aoife Heffron, Spokesperson for BoyleSports commented: “Wes Nelson showcased his moves in the Love Island villa and Melody Thornton was known for her dancing abilities in the Pussycat Dolls so we couldn’t separate them at present in the betting so have made them joint second favourites behind professional dancer James Jordan.”
Dancing On Ice will air on ITV in the new year.