Dancing On Ice 2019: Injuries plague celebrities ahead of next live show

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Injuries are rife backstage on Dancing On Ice 2019, associate creative director Dan Whiston has revealed.

It was Loose Women’s Saira Khan who became the latest celeb to leave the competition at the weekend, leaving eight celebs on the line up.

Those now making up the Dancing On Ice cast include reality star Gemma Collins, Coronation Street actress Jane Danson, X Factor favourite Saara Aalto and Pussycat Dolls singer Melody Thornton.

Completing the line up are cricketer Ryan Sidebottom, Love Island’s Wes Nelson, Strictly Come Dancing dancer James Jordan and singer and presenter Brian McFadden.

However a number are said to be struggling in rehearsals as a result of injuries.

"Gemma Collins' fall last Sunday seemed to have been a bit of a bad omen for what awaited our celebrities in training this week," said the show's associate creative director Dan Whiston.

Dan, a former pro skater on the show, revealed: "James Jordan fell on Monday hurting his hip, Wes Nelson fell and banged his knee later in the week and a few days ago Melody Thornton fell heavily on her chin and also hurt her shoulder. It’s usually cold bugs that spread on this series, not injuries!"

In an interview with the Daily Mirror newspaper, Dan predicted "more drama" ahead of the next live show.

He said: "It certainly has been an eventful week and as the competition ramps up even more, I’m expecting to see a whole lot more drama next week..."

Meanwhile, the latest Dancing On Ice odds have made Love Islander Wes Nelson the hot favourite to win.

Aoife Heffron, Spokesperson for bookies BoyleSports commented: “It’s Wes’ to lose at this point; punters aren’t paying any heed to the leaderboard and have chosen Wes as their almost unstoppable favourite after his odds were slashed to 10/11 from 11/8.

"We have seen next to nothing coming in for James [Jordan] after the week 5 performances, seeing him remain unchanged at 13/8.”

Dancing On Ice 2019 continues this Sunday at 6PM on ITV.

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