Dancing On Ice 2019: Gemma Collins tipped for success on the ice

Gemma Collins and Matt Evers (Dancing On Ice 2019)

Gemma Collins has been tipped to triumph on Dancing On Ice by Torvill & Dean.

Reality sensation Gemma, who rose to fame on The Only Way Is Essex, was the first name confirmed for this year's new series.

The reality star previously vowed not to be a 'fat joke' and would prove her critics wrong.

Now head judges Jayne Torvill & Christopher Dean have suggested that Gemma will surprise a lot of viewers.

Jayne told The Sun newspaper: "Gemma must have done ballet as a child, because she’s actually very dainty and graceful.”

Chris added: “She’s larger than life but she can drop into a splits. You just say, ‘Gemma, split!’ and down she goes.

“We saw her right at the very beginning when she first took to the ice and she wasn’t afraid of it. I’m as excited as everyone else to see what she has done.

“But we aren’t wanting to see what’s happened until that first show.

"She’s going to show all the naysayers that she is going to be there, and I think she’ll be there with bells on.”

However Jayne was cautious about Gemma's apparent ambition to lift her pro partner in one of the routines.

“Gemma is someone who would say, ‘I can do this!’ but I don’t know if her partner would be happy with it," the Olympic skater said.

The other competing celebrities on the Dancing On Ice 2019 line up include Coronation Street actress Jane Danson, Loose Women’s Saira Khan, X Factor favourite Saara Aaalto, Grease legend Didi Conn and Pussycat Dolls singer Melody Thornton,

Joining them are dancer James Jordan, singer and presenter Brian McFadden, actor and comedian Richard Blackwood, cricketer Ryan Sidebottom, Love Island’s Wes Nelson and Neighbours star Mark Little.

Dancing On Ice 2019 begins this weekend on Sunday, January 6 on ITV.

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