Dancing On Ice confirms Michael Barrymore and Maura Higgins for line up

Michael Barrymore and Maura Higgins

Michael Barrymore and Maura Higgins are the first celebrity skaters confirmed to take part in Dancing on Ice 2020.

Dancing On Ice returns to ITV in the New Year with what will be its twelfth series overall.

Maura appeared live on This Morning on ITV today to confirmed she'd be joining, while Michael appeared via video message.

On joining the show, Michael said "I'm delighted to say that I'll be joining the Dancing on Ice line up for 2020. I'm looking forward to meeting Holly and Phil. I'm very excited...it's performance time!"

Maura added "I've skated once in my life for fun, so I've no experience at all. I'm up for the challenge. I'm more excited than scared. I'm competitive so I think that will drive me."

Michael and Maura will now don their skates, alongside ten other celebrities, in a bid to become champion of the ice.

Each week the twelve celebrities will skate live with their professional partners in a bid to impress both the panel and the viewers, who will ultimately decide who wins the show.

Further celebrities will be confirmed throughout the week.

Those rumoured include Diversity dancer Perri Kiely, Steps singer Ian 'H' Watkins, model Caprice, TV presenter Joe Swash and Corrie actress Lisa George.

More rumoured celebs are magician Ben Hanlin, Paralympian Libby Clegg and ITV newsreader Lucrezia Millarini.

Dancing On Ice will air on ITV in the new year.

This year sees John Barrowman join Jayne Torvill, Christopher Dean and Ashley Banjo on the panel.

Former Dancing On Ice contestant John said: “I am so excited to be returning to the Dancing On Ice family. Unlike most I have been through the rigorous task of skating live as a contestant in the first series.

"This is a thrilling adventure for me and I hope to bring a Fresh, Fun and Fab-u-lous angle to the judging panel.”

Meanwhile, Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby once again return to present the show.

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