Dancing On Ice: Who are the finalists of this year's celebrity ice dance challenge?

Dancing On Ice is back for a 14th series, and after a semi-final double elimination, we're down to the last three. Find out who they are and who's still in the running to be DoI champion 2022.

By Rhys Lewis Published: 14 March 2022 - 7.14pm
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There are a few things you can always rely on after the Christmas blow-out: resolutions that get broken within three days, a chill in the air that promises snow but rarely delivers, and a gang of unlikely celebrities getting their skates on to impress TV viewers!

Yes, Dancing On Ice returned to ITV on January 16, and the 12 celebrities and their professional skating partners have been impressing with spins, jumps - and those dreaded headbangers.

The new face on the judging panel has settled in nicely, and we've even had a new host - although only for a week, and after nine keenly-contested weeks, we now know which couples will compete for the title of Dancing On Ice champion 2022. 

You'll have to wait longer than usual to discover the winner though - because ITV is showing a live FA Cup quarter-final match on Sunday 20 March, the grand finale will be on ITV on Sunday 27 March.

Who are the 2022 Dancing On Ice finalists? Click here to find out...

Who are the Dancing On Ice 2022 judges?

Dancing on Ice judges Oti Mabuse, Jayne Torvill, Christopher Dean and Ashley Banjo ITV

There's a new face among the Dancing On Ice judges this year - two-time Strictly Come Dancing winner Oti Mabuse.

Oti, who hinted that the recent series of Strictly would be her last as a professional dancer, replaces John Barrowman on the panel to take her place alongside Jayne Torvill, Christopher Dean and Ashley Banjo.

She won her first Strictly title in 2019, taking home the Glitterball trophy with Kelvin Fletcher, and became the first professional to win two years in a row when she danced to victory with Bill Bailey in 2020.

As well as her Strictly successes, Oti is an eight-time South African Latin American Champion in her home country and has previously starred in Let’s Dance, the German version of Strictly.

Viewers got to know Oti a little better when she featured as a judge and team captain in BBC One’s dance contest, The Greatest Dancer, and in 2021 she joined the judging panel for the first series of ITV's The Masked Dancer.

Oti is looking forward to using her experience as a dancer and a judge to help the celebrities get the most out of their Dancing On Ice experience.

"As a professional dancer I have always had so much respect for the skating professionals on Dancing On Ice. It is an exceptional skill that is also so beautiful to watch," she said.

"I can't wait to see the celebrities thrive as they learn how to ice-skate and to champion the professional skaters as they create incredible choreography.

"Having been on both sides of the table, I know a little bit about how they’ll be feeling. It's more than an honour and I already can’t wait to join the family."

Christopher Dean, Jayne Torvill and Ashley Banjo have been on the panel since the show returned in 2018 after a four-year break. Jason Gardiner was the fourth judge in 2018 and 2019 before being replaced by John Barrowman in 2020 and 2021.

Jayne and Chris, of course, have appeared on all 13 series of the show to date, having acted as coaches and mentors to the celebrities for the first nine series from 2006 to 2014.

Who are the Dancing On Ice 2022 finalists?

Brendan Cole

Brendan Cole ITV

Best known for: Ballroom dancer and former Strictly Come Dancing professional

Professional skating partner: Vanessa Bauer (Brendan performed with Brendyn Hatfield in Musicals Week as Vanessa had Covid)

Series average score: 36.2 points

Perfect 10s: Eleven

Odds to win the final: 3/1 (11/4 favourite at the start of the series)

Talking of Strictly, none other than pro-dance royalty is slipping on his skates this series as Brendan Cole told Loose Women that he was taking part in Dancing On Ice 2022.

“I’m so, so excited. It’s been a while coming now. I’ve known I’d be doing the show for quite some time and I want to get started, I’m so excited to be on the show," he said. 

“I’ve had one go on the ice. I’m a fairly confident person and I like to think I’m going to be good at what I put my hand to or my feet to!

"I was thinking OK I’m going to be fine, I’m going to be out there and I was terrible. I was a bit wobbly. You can expect to be a bit wobbly on ice but I was hoping I was going to be better than I was. I’ve got time to learn.

"I’m just going to embrace the whole experience and I’m very excited to get started.”

Brendan was a professional dancer on Strictly for the first 15 series of the show, winning the very first edition alongside Natasha Kaplinsky.

And he has big skates to fill - the only other Strictly pro to brave Dancing On Ice, James Jordan, waltzed off with the crown in 2019. 

‘If I disagree with the judges then I’m an idiot!’ - Brendan Cole interview

Regan Gascoigne

Regan Gascoigne ITV

Best known for: Dancer and son of former England footballer Paul Gascoigne

Professional skating partner: Karina Manta

Series average score: 36.3 points

Perfect 10s: Eight

Odds to win the final: 2/5 favourites (was 4/1 at the start of the series)

Dancer Regan Gascoigne is the son of former England football Paul and brother of reality TV star Bianca. 

He shared the news with his 6.9k Instagram followers.

"The Universe moves in mysterious ways! I love watching @dancingonice every year! I just never thought this would actually happen to me," he wrote.

"I’m nervous, scared but mostly excited all at the same time. Hopefully I can stay on my feet."

The professional dancer told ITV: "Obviously I dance and love dancing but it’s the skill of this. I’ve always wanted to do it. Always! Ever since I was a kid!"

Regan is the latest member of his family to take up a reality TV challenge. Bianca appeared on 2017's Celebrity Big Brother and will soon be appearing on Dancing with the Stars in Italy, while dad Paul appeared on Celebrity Island - Italy's version of I'm a Celebrity - earlier this year.

Kimberly Wyatt

Kimberly Wyatt ITV

Best known for: Singer and dancer in pop group Pussycat Dolls and TV dance judge

Professional skating partner: Mark Hanretty

Series average score: 36.8 points

Perfect 10s: Nine

Odds to win the final: 11/2 (was 7/1 at the start of the series)

Kimberly Wyatt will follow two fellow Pussycat Dolls onto Dancing On Ice next year, and chose to share her news with one of her bandmates. 

“I have signed up for Dancing on Ice! I’m nervous, that ice is going to hit hard. I’m just excited to see what I can do on there. I’m up for a challenge!” she told Ashley Roberts on Heart Breakfast.

Roberts is well place to give Kimberly good skating tips as she was a judge on two series of Dancing On Ice from 2013, while former bandmate Melody Thornton came fifth in the 2019 series.

Wyatt has previously appeared on both sides of the reality show fence, having been a judge in Sky dance show Got To Dance for five years before stepping out from beind the judging panel to win Celebrity MasterChef in 2015. 

Who are the other Dancing On Ice 2022 Celebrities?

Conor Ball

Connor Ball ITV

Best known for: Bassist with The Vamps

Professional skating partner: Alexandra Schauman

Odds to win: 12/1

The Vamps' bassist Connor Ball completes the Dancing On Ice 2022 line-up. He shared the news with reigning champion Sonny Jay on Capital Breakfast.

"I’m excited obviously but I’m really nervous," he confessed.

"I’m quite clumsy, accident prone. Ice is hard! It was pretty hard to keep the secret. The rest of the band know. They’re super excited for me.”

If Connor has a reality TV target to aim for, it's to beat bandmate James McVey's fifth-place finish on I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here! in 2018, although from the sounds of it staying upright might be his first goal. 

Eliminated in Week 9

Kye Whyte

Kye Whyte ITV

Best known for: Olympic silver-medallist BMX racer

Professional skating partner: Tippy Packard

Odds to win: 10/1

Great Britain's first ever BMX Olympic medallist, Kye Whyte, will be trying his hand at winter sports when he enters Dancing On Ice next year.

While his ice skating experience is limited, Kye's hoping his roller-skating skills will come in handy. 

"I’m feeling good. I have rollerskated when I was younger so we’ll see how it goes," he told CBBC's Newsround.

“When I did the audition I kind of related it to roller-skating so I think I did pretty well… I think the thing I’m really confident about is I don’t really mind if I fall, I’m quite fearless.”

Kye Whyte lifts Bethany Shriever after her gold medal BMX ride Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

Kye, bronze medallist in Tokyo, famously lifted BMX team-mate Bethany Shriever up in his arms when she won the gold medal in the same discipline. Can we expect to see more lifts from him on the ice?

"The picking up and stuff I’m not too worried about. As long as I do my gym properly I should be alright. It’s the routines – I’m very forgetful! So, yeah, that’s what I’m a bit wary of," he admitted.

“I think I can win Dancing On Ice. I’d love to see if I can make the final because, as I said, I’m very competitive. You know what? I want to make the final!”

Eliminated in Week 9

Stef Reid

Stef Reid ITV

Best known for: Paralympic long jump and sprint medallist

Professional skating partner: Andy Buchanan

Odds to win: 12/1

Paralympic medallist Stef Reid let Good Morning Britain viewers in on her ice-dance secret.

"I have some really exciting news. I’m going to be picking up a new sport this winter and it comes with a little bit of showbiz. I’m going to be a contestant on Dancing on Ice and it’s a little bit scary but I cannot wait!"

Athlete Stef won bronze in the 200m T44 at the Beijing Paralympics in 2008 and followed that up with silver in the long jump F44 at the 2012 London Paralympics and again in Rio in 2016. She then won gold in the long jump at the 2017 IPC World Championships, also in London. 

She was also a semi-finalist on Celebrity MasterChef in 2018.

Eliminated in Week 8

Stef exited the competition on the brink of the semi-final after a Torvill & Dean-themed week which saw no fewer than three of the six couples achieve perfect scores.

Paralympian Stef and professional skating partner Andy Buchanan did achieve their highest four-judge score of the series with 36.5 for their recreation of Jayne and Chris's famous Mack and Mabel routine, but it couldn't save them from the skate-off against Kye and Tippy, who scored 37 with their skate to At the Hop.

It was the fourth time Kye and Tippy had appeared in the skate off, and the tweaks to their save-me routine to Years & Years' Sanctify saw them escape elimination again, with the judges agreeing that the Olympic BMXer edged the head-to-head.

Jayne Torvill, however, did note that the standard of this series has been so high that in any other year, Stef would have reached the final.

"I have absolutely loved every moment. It is just not something that I ever thought I would be able to do," said Stef when her elimination was confirmed, adding to pro skater Andy: "Just learning to skate and getting to learn about performance and dance. I can’t thank you enough."

Sally Dynevor

Sally Dynevor ITV

Best known for: Playing Sally Metcalf on Coronation Street

Professional skating partner: Matt Evers

Odds to win: 25/1

The first Dancing On Ice 2022 contestant to be unveiled was Coronation Street actress Sally Dynevor, who appeared on ITV’s Lorraine to share the news.

“Now everyone knows I’m doing it I can’t back out can I?! And I’m so scared!” she told Lorraine Kelly.

Asked if she’s skated before, Sally said: “No never! I went with Hattie [her daughter] when she was little and I had a penguin and then thought this is too hard so I’ll go and get a coffee!”

She went on to say: “This is a massive challenge, it really, really is. I’m not getting any younger, I’ve just got to take every opportunity I get so that when I’m old I can say you know what? I gave it a go.”

Sally has played Sally Webster on the cobbles since January 1986, and in 2021 was appointed MBE for services to drama. Her eldest daughter Phoebe stars as Daphne Bridgerton in Netflix series Bridgerton.

Eliminated in Week 7

Sally became the sixth celebrity to leave the show when she and professional partner Matt Evers were eliminated in props week. Sally and Matt had finished bottom of the leaderboard despite an entertaining routine to You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real) which incorporated a hairdresser's salon chair and also featured a cameo from Sally's Coronation Street co-star and former Dancing on Ice contestant Antony Cotton.

In the dance-off, their second in two weeks, Sally and Matt repeated their routine to the Carpenters' We've Only Just Begun, but it wasn't enough to edge Kye and Tippy off the ice: all four judges chose to save the Olympic BMXer after he and Tippy skated to Sanctify by Years & Years. 

"I've had the time of my life, I can’t tell you how much I’ve loved doing the show, it’s been brilliant," Sally told Holly and Phil when her elimination was confirmed.

"And Matt, honestly, I couldn’t have got through this without you," she added.

"You’ve been such a strength to me and I’ve loved every second with you and I’m going to miss you so much. We’ll stay friends."

Bez

Bez ITV

Best known for: Dancer and maracas player for 90s band the Happy Mondays

Professional skating partner: Angela Egan

Odds to win: 33/1

Happy Mondays star Bez announced his place on Dancing On Ice by emerging from a snowball in front of presenters Philip Schofield and Holly Willoughby on ITV’s This Morning.

“At the moment it’s more like Bambi on Ice, not Dancing On Ice,” he admitted.

“How I got picked I don’t know because I was absolutely awful at the audition but they must have seen some potential in me!”

“I’m looking forward to learning a new skill and I can’t wait for the Christmas ice rinks again and I can get on there and really show off."

Bez has been a dancer and percussionist with the Happy Mondays since 1980, and is a beekeeper and brewer in his spare time. He was the winner of Celebrity Big Brother in 2005 and a semi-finalist on the 2021 series of Celebrity MasterChef.

Eliminated in Week 6

After propping up the scoreboard every week, Bez and skating partner Angela Egan finally ended up in a skate-off and despite giving everything in a spirited performance of Step On by his own Happy Mondays, the ever-entertaining will be hanging up his skates and crash helmet after losing the judges vote.

For Musicals Week, Bez had performed to Meat Loaf's Bat Out of Hell, picking up 22.5 points from the five judges - choreographer Arlene Phillips had joined the panel for the week. In the skate-off he faced next-placed Sally Dynevor, who with Matt Evers had skated to My Favourite Things from The Sound of Music. 

Sally's skate-off choice - We've Only Just Begun - proved prophetic as the first three judges, Ashley, Oti and Arlene, all chose to save the Corrie star and end Bez's time on the ice.

"I’ve loved every moment and I wish I could go to the ice rink at Christmas and put in a decent shift!" Bez laughed when his elimination was confirmed.

The panel returns to a quartet next week, but Arlene left her mark on the show, handing the first perfect-10 score of the series to Brendan Cole - even more impressive as he was performing Beggin' from Jersey Boys with stand-in partner Brendyn Hatfield as regular pro skater Vanessa Bauer had to sit out training due to Covid. 

Liberty Poole

Liberty Poole ITV

Best known for: Love Island 2021 semi-finalist

Professional skating partner: Joe Johnson

Odds to win: 4/1

Liberty Poole might have walked out of this year's Love Island on the eve of the final, but she's walked straight into a challenge as tough as finding love in the villa - mastering the tricks and flicks of the Dancing On Ice rink. 

And while we're used to seeing her in the Spanish sun, she's no stranger to the ice, either, and is sure to pick up some good advice from her skater mum.

"I grew up watching Dancing On Ice and my mum actually used to be a figure skater.

"I ice skate as a hobby sometimes so I can get around the rink but I can't do any tricks, no pirouetting or anything so I'm really looking forward to pushing myself and learning as much as I possibly can. Bring it on!" 

Eliminated in Week 5

Love Island star Liberty became the fourth celebrity to be voted off the ice after a skate-off that was notable for two reasons. 

First, skate-off rival Kye Whyte and his partner Tippy Packard became the first couple this series to survive a second eliminator, although for the first time this year the judges' vote was split, with Oti Mabuse opting to save Liberty while Ashley, Jayne and Chris all saved Olympian Kye.

Despite a fall in her dance to Right Round by Flo Rida, Liberty had picked up her highest score of the series at 28, just 0.5 behind Kye and Tippy. The two finished 6th and 7th on the judges' leaderboard ahead of both Sally Dynevor and Bez, but ended up in the final two following the public vote.

"Even though I had that fall tonight – sometimes these things happen – I have honestly enjoyed every second and I am proud of myself because I have pushed myself this week," Liberty said when her elimination was confirmed. 

Rachel Stevens

Rachel Stevens ITV

Best known for: Singer in pop group S Club 7

Professional skating partner: Brendyn Hatfield

Odds to win: 8/1

Former S Club 7 star Rachel Stevens announced her place on this year's show on This Morning.

“It now feels really real, this is really happening.  I’m so excited, obviously really nervous.  It's one of those things, until you do it you don’t know what’s going to happen," she told Holly and Phil.

Mother-of-two Rachel admitted she wasn't quite confident on the ice just yet. “[I only go skating] with the penguin with my kids every Christmas. I did it when I was 10 and dabbled in it for a little bit and I really loved it but I’m very wobbly.

“The opportunity came up and I thought what an amazing opportunity to learn a new skill. I love the whole idea of working with a team and your partner and also for my girls to be a part of this. They are at an age now where they love all the costumes.”  

Rachel becomes only the fourth celebrity to step onto the ice after appearing on rival show Strictly Come Dancing. Strictly runner-up Colin Jackson added a third place on the ice last year - can Rachel, second on the dancefloor in 2008, go better this winter?

Eliminated in Week 4

Rachel, alongside pro skater Brendyn, became the third celebrity to leave the show, beaten by Kye Whyte and his partner, Tippy Packard, in the Dance Week skate-off.

The former S Club star was half a point clear of the bottom two after earning 25 points for her show-opening Waltz to Alicia Keys' If I Ain't Got You, but the public vote saw her leapfrogged by both Sally Dynevor and the ever-popular Bez (whose tartan-clad Highland Fling was accompanied by skating Nessies).

In the skate-off, Olympic BMX-er Kye - who had sat out the previous week after dislocating his knee in training but who had finished fifth with 30 points - was saved by all four judges.

"It’s definitely been a process. I’ve loved it so much, and dancing with Brendyn," said Rachel after Holly Willoughby and Stephen Mulhern (standing in for a Covid-stricken Philip Schofield) had confirmed her departure. 

She spoke about sharing the Dancing On Ice experience with her young daughters, who were in the audience supporting her.

"It’s so special for them to have been a part of it and to have shared it with them. I’ve just had the best time, it’s been amazing."

Ria Hebden

Ria Hebden ITV

Best known for: Entertainment journalist and television presenter

Professional skating partner: Lukasz Rozycki

Odds to win: 18/1

Ria Hebden usually reports the entertainment news on ITV's Lorraine, so it was a surprise to viewers and to host Lorraine Kelly herself when Ria was the subject of the latest showbiz update.

“It’ll be fun. This is one of ITV’s most sparkly shows so when they asked me I was like absolutely, we watch it at home. It will be brilliant to learn a new scary skill," said Ria of her decision to take up the ice-dance challenge.

“You’ve got to say yes to things that excite you, that are a little bit scary because that’s when the growth happens - I’m hoping so anyway!”

When Lorraine asked Ria if she’d skated much before, she said: “I went when I was 10 years old with my grandma and grandad to – and people in Yorkshire will remember – Bradford Ice Rink. I skated there. If I’m honest the last time I went on the ice was about six years ago with Noah [her son] and I did more drinking of mulled wine than skating!”

As well as being entertainment editor on Lorraine, Ria has presented Sunday Morning Live since 2018 and now co-hosts All Around Britain with Alex Beresford. In 2016 she founded Wonder Women TV, an organisation devoted to recruiting and empowering women in television.

Eliminated in Week 3

Entertainment reporter Ria became the second celebrity to leave Dancing on Ice 2022 when she and partner Lukasz Rozycki lost out to singer Rachel Stevens and Brendyn Hatfield in the skate-off.

For Movie Week, Ria and Lukasz had skated to Into The Unknown from Frozen 2, a performance which earned them 26 points from the judges, eight ahead of Happy Mondays' dancer Bez and partner Angela Egan.

But when the public votes came in, Ria and Rachel - who was making her DoI debut after sitting out week 2 with a wrist injury - were left to skate a second time. After Ria performed to Me! by Taylor Swift and Rachel skated to Need You Now by Lady A, all four judges chose to save Rachel and Brendyn.

"We've had so much fun. It's been an incredible journey," said Ria on learning of her elimination. 

"Well I'm going to continue skating I'm going to teach Lula it's going to be our thing so thank you [Lukasz] for the opportunity you've been an amazing friend and I know we'll stay friends for life."

Ben Foden

Ben Foden ITV

Best known for: Former England Rugby Union international

Professional skating partner: Robin Johnstone

Odds to win: 6/1

Former England star Ben Foden is swapping his boots for blades this winter as he attempts to become the latest rugby player to make a name for himself on ice.

Kyran Bracken, Max Evans and Gareth Thomas all reached the later stages of the competition, and Foden, who won 34 caps for his country and is currently playing for Rugby United New York, is looking forward to learning a new skill.

"I used to skate a little when I was a kid. I’d go to ice discos when I was 15, 16 and you’d always see these kids that could do pirouettes that had a proper dancing background.

"I like the idea of learning a new sport and a new skill. I’m quite competitive as well so I like the challenge of competing against others doing something that I’m not necessarily good at!"

Ben has TV talent show experience - he, Levi Davis and Thom Evans (Max's brother) reached the semi-final of The X Factor: Celebrity in 2019, and early on in his career earned the nickname 'Pops' after missing training with Sale Sharks for an audition on ITV's Pop Idol. 

Eliminated in Week 2

Ben was the first celebrity to leave Dancing On Ice 2022. He and Robin Johnstone received a score of 23.5 out of 40 for their week 2 routine to Livin' La Vida Loco, putting him in the skate-off with week 1's bottom couple, Ria Hebden and Lukasz Rozycki.

After both had performed again, all four judges opted to save Ria, new judge Oti Mabuse saying that she thought the TV presenter was “more confident and enjoyable” and had "taken more risks”.

Ex-England rugby player Foden joked about being first out: “I had thought that there would be someone who couldn’t skate. Turns out it's me!” he laughed.

Who are the Dancing On Ice presenters?

Holly Willoughby and Philip Scofield will return to host the 14th series on Dancing On Ice. Phil has appeared on all 13 series since 2006, while original host Holly presented the first six series before handing over to Christine Bleakley for the last three series of the original run.

There has been one temporary change of host this series, however - Stephen Mulhern, pictured below hosting his regular Celebrity Catchphrase gig, partnered Holly in Week 4 after Phil was forced to self-isolate following a positive Covid-19 test. 

Stephen Mulhern ITV

Stephen and Holly have paired up on presenting duties in the past - the two co-hosted Saturday morning kids' TV show Ministry of Mayhem back in 2004.

After a week away, Phil returned for Week 5, themed 'Favourite Things'.

Who are the Dancing On Ice pro skaters?

Angela Egan, who won with Sonny Jay on her Dancing On Ice debut in 2021, is back along with ever-present Matt Evers and regulars Alexandra Schauman and Lukasz Rozycki.

There are also three new professional skaters being added to the line-up. Take a look at the Dancing on Ice professional skaters list to discover the full cast.

What happened in the last series of Dancing On Ice?

Sonny Jay ITV

The 13th series of Dancing On Ice, filmed under the strict conditions of the Covid-19 lockdown, was beset by injury and illness. Denise van Outen withdrew after one performance after breaking three bones and dislocating her shoulder in traning, while skier Graham Bell's professional partner Yebin Mok sustained an injury and he was paired with Karina Manta for just one week before being eliminated.

Comedian Rufus Hound and Emmerdale actor Joe-Warren Plant were both forced to withdraw after testing positive for Covid-19, while Towie's Billie Shepherd pulled out after a head injury and Jason Donovan dropped out five weeks in after suffering a back injury.

Nevertheless the series built up to a thrilling finale in which Capital FM presenter Sonny Jay, above, and pro skater Angela Egan came out victorious ahead of actress Faye Brookes (who had herself changed pro skaters halfway through after her original partner Hamish Garman had pulled out injured) and athlete Colin Jackson.

Can I be in the audience of Dancing On Ice?

Dancing On Ice is filmed on a purpose-built rink at RAF Bovingdon near Hemel Hempstead in Hertfordshire.

A number of free tickets are made available each week for Sunday’s recorded segments and live show. You can pre-register for tickets with SRO Recordings who will contact you when booking opens ahead of the new series.

When is the Dancing On Ice final on TV?

The final of Dancing On Ice 2022 will be on ITV on Sunday 27 March.