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Another Corrie star heads on the Ice

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CORONATION Street's Anthony Cotton is the latest celebrity to be confirmed for Dancing On Ice.

The soap star will join stars including Kem Cetinay and Candice Brown skating in the new series of the hit show.

The news was announced at the end of tonight's Coronation Street double bill.

He said: "I better get my skates on - I've got practising to do!"

It comes after track athlete Perri Shakes-Drayton announced she would also be taking to the rink this morning.

Perri has met her professional partner and will now embark on training ahead of the new series, which returns to ITV in the New Year.

She said: "It is an opportunity and I was told in the past I’d never be able to run again and that was not nice to be told...

"Now the fact my body feels good, I’ve been given a challenge, an opportunity, I’m going to go give it my best shot.

"I came across Kem from Love Island and we saw each other at the ice rink. He saw my skills, I saw his skills... I’m better than him. I’m most excited about the costumes!”

 

Meanwhile, former Britain's Got Talent star Ashley Banjo has been confirmed as a new judge on the ITV reality show.

The professional dancer with join Jason Gardiner, Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean on the judging panel as the show returns after three long cold winters.

Ashley confirmed the new on today's Loose Women as he said: "I can officially say I will be joining the judging panel for Dancing On Ice. I’m excited to be part of the revamp and the refresh, it’s going to be amazing."

When asked how he was going to deal with Jason, he admitted:"I don’t know I’m just going to be myself. I can skate but by no means am I a professional skater.

"The choreography, the stage direction and everything that makes it a performance is so important so I’ll be looking at all of that. I’m just going to be honest. I don’t believe in being nasty for the sake of it."

Meanwhile Jason Gardiner promised he will be as honest as ever when The Sun's Dan Wootton exclusively confirmed the his return on Lorraine.

The Aussie, 45, will resume his role on the star-studded talent competition which kicks off later this year, confirming The Sun Online's exclusive reports in March he was "in talks" with top bosses.

The programme, originally hosted by Phillip Schofield, 54, and Holly Willoughby, 36, was axed in 2014 after nine series due to tumbling viewing figures.

Controversial Jason will lead the DOI revamp and said: "All over, it's an exciting show to do.

"I am honest - I always call it as I see it but when they're good, I give them great praise and I think I help them to improve a lot."

"I'm not going in with preconceived ideas of how I'm going to be, you have to be there and assess it in that moment, it's only fair to the contestants to go in there being open.

"Being a judge isn't necessarily who I am but it's a role I've got to do to get my point across."

Yet while Jason is a familiar fixture on DOI, it's all change with regulars Jayne Torvil and Christopher Dean.

They are switching their former mentor role to pull up a chair beside Jason on the judging panel.

On Lorraine, he gave his take on how they will fare and said: ""Its going to be wonderful to see that, there's no question they are ice skating royalty, their credentials back up but it's the first time they judge.

"It is quite difficult to be a good judge on the show and remain impartial."

Yet he praised the would-be skating hopefuls for their effort.

He added: "It's one of the hardest and the commitment is intense so let's not discount what they have to go through. we have seen some remarkable people pass through 'Dancing on Ice' and to see that journey is wonderful.

"And also the Todd Cartys, who have gone through the tunnel and disappeared into oblivion, but it's an exciting show to do."

Anthony joins previously confirmed celebrities Brooke Vincent, Cheryl Baker, Kem Cetinay, Candice Brown, Max Evans, Jake Quickenden, Monty Panesar, Alex Beresford and Donna Air.

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