Dancing On Ice 2012: Chesney Hawkes "gutted" after being forced to quit due to injury

Chesney Hawkes (Dancing On Ice)

Chesney Hawkes has revealed he's "gutted" after being forced to pull out of Dancing On Ice 2012, just days before the show was due to kick off.

News broke last night that Chesney had quit Dancing On Ice, having suffered from an ankle injury during training, and doctors have ruled him out of making a recovery in time of the show.

He'll be replaced by X Factor star Chico, who shot to fame during the 2005 series of music contest.

Chico said this morning: "Whilst I'm really excited about being part of the new series of Dancing on Ice it's not necessarily in the best of circumstances. I wish Chesney all the best and a speedy recovery. I will not just be skating for myself I will be skating for Chesney as well and do him proud."

Chesney, who was partnered with Jodeyne Higgins, added: "I am gutted not to be taking part in Dancing on Ice. I was having a brilliant time and couldn't wait to finally be skating live on national TV!

"It wasn't even a spectacular fall, it was a slight stumble as I practised with my skating partner. I think my children are the most disappointed; they were so excited at the prospect of watching me skate."

But he vowed: "I'm determined to be back on the ice, I might not be able to appear in this series but hoping I will be able to appear in the show next year!"

> PICTURES! The Dancing On Ice 2012 line up officially revealed!

Dancing On Ice 2012 kicks off this Sunday on ITV1 at 6:30PM.

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