Dancing on Ice welcomes Eddie The Eagle Edwards after Gogglebox star pulls out

Gogglebox star speaks about Dancing On Ice rehearsal

Dancing on Ice has welcomed Olympic Ski Jumper Eddie “The Eagle” Edwards, who is replacing Gogglebox star Stephen Lustig-Webb in the competition.

Announcing the news on its official Instagram page, the team behind the show wrote along with Dancing on Ice imagery: “The Eagle had landed on ice!

“Please put your hands together to welcome the iconic Eddie Edwards to Dancing on Ice 2024.” (sic)

Speaking about his upcoming skating journey, Eddie said: “It’s bittersweet as whilst I’m delighted to be taking part in the new series I’m gutted for Stephen and wish him a speedy recovery.

“Dancing on Ice is a show I’ve always wanted to do. It’s a challenge I think I’m going to relish!”

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Eddie will be joining the class of 2024 which includes, World Champion Boxer Ricky Hatton MBE, actress Claire Sweeney, actress and singer Hannah Spearritt, West End star Amber Davies and Olympic Champion and presenter Greg Rutherford MBE.

Also skating next year are TV personality Miles Nazaire, comedian and writer Lou Sanders, actor Ricky Norwood, Broadcaster and DJ Adele Roberts, actor Ryan Thomas and Emmerdale star Roxy Shahidi.

It was announced that Stephen had to pull out of the show last week after breaking his left ankle and having to have surgery.

He recently took to his Instagram to make a statement where he wrote: “Thank you for all of your kind words and messages.

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“On Wednesday last week during my training session for Dancing on Ice I fell and broke my left ankle.

“I’ve had surgery and will be on crutches for a few months meaning, I’ve had to leave the competition which I’m absolutely gutted about.

“I was having so much fun and enjoying learning to skate. I will of course be keeping a close eye on all of the other celebs and pros and supporting them all the way.

“Unfortunately, I will also have to pull out of the London Marathon. I’m doing my best to keep my spirits up and will hopefully be back on my feet again very soon.” (sic)

Dancing on Ice returns January 2024 to ITV1 and ITVX.

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