Dancing on Ice: All the celebrities who found love on the ITV ice skating competition
Who did romance blossom for? We reveal the best love stories from the ITV show.
Having been thrown together for long hours of training and working through intimate routines, it’s no surprise that some Dancing on Ice pairs become more than just skating partners.
In the 2018 series alone, rugby star Max Evans and professional dancer Ale Izquierdo and Love Island's Kem Cetinay and skater Alex Murphy have been romantically linked by the tabloids.
Max and partner Ale Izquierdo were embarrassed by the judges and presenters after their romantic routines on the ice drew speculation about their relationship off the ice. Rugby star Max has been forced to deny that they're more than friends, insisting that he's in a happy relationship with dancer Lauren Jamieson.
It might not quite have the hit rate of Strictly Come Dancing when it comes to matching couples (or perhaps the show just keeps its secrets a little better), but there have been some high-profile love stories from the ice.
Read on to find out who hooked up and broke up thanks to the skating competition.
Brianne Delcourt and Danny Young
Canadian skater Brianne Delcourt (above front right) has had her fair share of relationships from the show, but her more high-profile dating debacles have overshadowed the first time she coupled up with a celebrity.
Her first year on Dancing on Ice saw her get together with colleague Frankie Poultney’s skating partner Danny Young (above back left).
The Coronation Street actor even moved in with Brianne, but their romance fizzled out after the live tour ended. However, the couple did briefly reunite around eight months later, after her next Dancing on Ice fling…
Brianne Delcourt and Sam Attwater
Usually, couples who get together during a TV contest try their best to keep the story out of the limelight, but what happened between Brianne and Sam remains a bit of a mystery.
EastEnders actor Sam was Brianne’s second Dancing on Ice celebrity partner and they wasted no time in publicly announcing that they had fallen in love.
But scenes showing Brianne and Sam enjoying a Valentines date together during training had to be axed when they were accused of conducting a showmance to get attention, with pictures emerging that seemed to show Sam kissing another of the programme’s skaters - who was married to a fellow show pro - as Brianne looked on.
He insisted that the photos had just captured a few seconds of joking around and that the kiss had never happened, but did admit that he and Brianne had decided to call an abrupt end to their relationship so as not to distract viewers from their skating.
Brianne and Sam eventually won the series, but fans were left wondering how many of their photos in bed together, declarations of love, and couples’ magazine shoots had been real.
Brianne Delcourt and Matt Lapinskas
Showing her taste was pretty much exclusively skating soap stars, Brianne also got into a relationship with Matt, the EastEnders actor who she was partnered with for series eight.
It was a controversial coupling as Matt was already in a relationship with his Albert Square co-star Shona McGarty, so he and Brianne batted aside any rumours that they were an item.
After the show finished, they announced that were together but stuck to the story that it hadn’t been until Matt became single.
The pair moved in together, but when Matt was spotted with a new theatre co-star, a heartbroken Brianne dished the dirt on what their real history had been.
She told The Sun: "He pursued me behind Shona’s back. Lots of people warned me but I didn’t listen.
"I’ve stood by and lied for him about when we got together as I loved him and didn’t want to hurt Shona."
Brianne celebrated her daughter’s first birthday in November 2017 and has referred in the past to a fiancé, but has never revealed who he is and whether they’re still together.
Sylvain Longchambon and Jennifer Metcalfe
Another pro skater who’s caused some controversy after falling for soap star contestants is Sylvain Longchambon.
He and Hollyoaks star Jennifer were together for around two years after being matched on the show, but things turned sour when Sylvain got a new celebrity partner from soapland.
Jennifer later told The Sun on Sunday that she had been dumped on Christmas Day by the Frenchman, saying: “It's like death. I felt gutted. It was the worst Christmas ever.”
While Jennifer is now a proud mum tom Daye with her partner, ex-Geordie Shore star Greg Lake, Sylvain’s public betrayal rumbled on through the series ahead…
Sylvain Longchambon and Samia Ghadie
Coronation Street’s Samia and Sylvain’s relationship is one of the most successful to come out of a reality show, as they’re now married and have a child together.
But the hurt ran deep in the Hollyoaks cast after his treatment of ex Jennifer Metcalfe in the run-up to becoming a couple with Samia.
In the 2014 All Stars series, it somehow seemed a good idea to pair Sylvain with Jennifer’s Hollyoaks co-star and good mate Jorgie Porter, who couldn’t resist a dig at him.
A training video showed her saying of her partner “Does that mean I’m going to be his girlfriend?” and “If he doesn’t try it on with me, I’ll be really angry”.
It prompted Samia to tweet: “Jorgie needn’t worry, Sylvain doesn’t go for burgers”, which kicked off a row between cast members of both soaps as well as former contestant Kerry Katona.
It seems any animosity between the two soaps has died down as Longchambon pairing with Hollyoaks actress Stephanie Waring in 2018 went without a hitch.
Frankie Poultney and David Seaman
Ex-England goalkeeper David Seaman and programme regular Frankie Poultney were never actually skating partners, but met when they did the live tour together in 2008.
Both had recently left their marriages and David’s dreadful skating skills – which included dropping a partner on her face – did nothing to put Frankie off.
In 2015, the couple married in a ceremony full of Dancing on Ice colleagues that included Jayne Torvill Matt Evers, Vicky Ogden and Suzanne Shaw.
Meg Marschall and Lloyd Jones
You may not have heard either of these names – but how different that could have been if their romance hadn’t hit the rocks.
Pro skaters Meg and Lloyd had both been signed up to star in the rebooted programme for 2018, even meeting their respective partners Kem Cetinay and Donna Air.
However, their on-off relationship had come to an end before the series started and they apparently resigned after a series of blazing rows backstage.
Love Island winner Kem was later paired with Alex Murphy, while Donna skated with old friend of the show Mark Hanretty in 2018