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Dancing On Ice: Rachel Stevens injured and will miss first performance

Rachel Stevens has been forced to miss her first live performance on Dancing On Ice this weekend after fracturing her wrist in training. 

The S Club 7 star, 43, was due to take to the rink with professional skater Brendyn Hatfield, 36, but will now not take part in Sunday’s show after having a nasty fall on the ice. 

Rachel is hoping to skate for the first time in Week Three, Sunday January 30th, after allowing time for her recovery.    

Injured: Rachel Stevens has been forced to miss her first live performance on Dancing On Ice this weekend after fracturing her wrist in training

A Dancing On Ice spokesperson said: ‘Due to an injury sustained in training and on the expert advice from the Dancing on Ice medical professionals, Rachel Stevens will not skate in this Sunday’s show. 

‘We look forward to her returning to the show next weekend.’

Earlier this month, Rachel admitted she was ‘terrified’ of making her ‘Dancing On Ice’ debut.

Ouch: The S Club 7 star, 43, was due to take to the rink with professional skater Brendyn Hatfield, 36, but will now not take part in Sunday's show after having a nasty fall on the ice

Ouch: The S Club 7 star, 43, was due to take to the rink with professional skater Brendyn Hatfield, 36, but will now not take part in Sunday’s show after having a nasty fall on the ice

Hopeful: Rachel is hoping to skate for the first time in Week Three, Sunday January 30th, after allowing time for her recovery

Hopeful: Rachel is hoping to skate for the first time in Week Three, Sunday January 30th, after allowing time for her recovery

The former S Club 7 star said: ‘I’m so excited – I can’t wait for it all to get started. It’s such a great team of people and I love my partner Brendyn Hatfield, so it’s all super-exciting but terrifying at the same time. Totally terrifying!

‘I’ve danced and performed for years but doing it on ice means starting something totally from scratch.

‘But I can’t wait to just go for it and have fun – and I’m loving working with Brendyn. He’s just adorable and such a brilliant teacher.’ 

Rachel is not the first celebrity to be injured this series which launched on Sunday. Happy Mondays star Bez tested positive for COVID-19 – one day after making his debut on Dancing On Ice.  

The dancer told the Daily Star: ‘I’ve had a positive test. I’m gutted because I’m going to be missing training but I’m looking forward to skating on the show again for Week Three and I’ll be tuning at home and cheering on my mates who are skating this weekend.’  

It comes after the musician was left dazed after striking his head on the ground in a nasty fall during Dancing On Ice rehearsals, sending his helmet flying across the rink.  

Dramatic footage showed the percussionist, 57, slipping and falling backwards to the ground, prompting his skating partner Angela Egan, 35, to rush over him and tell him: ‘Give yourself a minute.’

After attempting to get up, Bez fell back onto the ice after failing to steady himself after the accident.

Painful: Rachel is not the first celebrity to be injured this series, which launched on Sunday. Last week, Happy Mondays star Bez was left dazed after striking his head on the ground

Painful: Rachel is not the first celebrity to be injured this series, which launched on Sunday. Last week, Happy Mondays star Bez was left dazed after striking his head on the ground

 A show source told the Mirror: ‘It was a terrifying moment and everyone’s hearts were in their mouths when he hit the ground. It goes to show how brutal this programme can be.’ 

News of Bez’s blunder broke after host Phillip Schofield spoke of the mishap after seeing it on film.  

The television presenter said: ‘You have a rink that is full of essentially blades and we know how dangerous they can be and how deeply they can cut and how sharp they are.  

Risky business: A show source said: 'It was a terrifying moment and everyone's hearts were in their mouths when he hit the ground'

Risky business: A show source said: ‘It was a terrifying moment and everyone’s hearts were in their mouths when he hit the ground’

‘I’ve just watched a video of Bez on his second day fall over backwards so hard that his helmet flew off. Dancing On Ice is really dangerous.

‘They really all risk everything for it. We’ve seen in the past that people do get hurt and of course you want to avoid that at all cost. I think we will be wrapping Bez up in bubble wrap that’s for sure.’ 

The accident comes after last year’s series was thrown into chaos when Denise Van Outen, Billie Faiers and Jason Donovan all had to withdraw following injury.

In 2021 contestants were forced to form a ‘bubble’ with their partners due to Covid restrictions and it was filmed without a live audience.

Series: Set to compete on the new series of Dancing On Ice are Love Islander Liberty Poole, 21, BMX Olympic silver medalist Kye Whyte, 22 and Paul Gascoigne’s son Regan Gascoigne, 25

Series: Set to compete on the new series of Dancing On Ice are Love Islander Liberty Poole, 21, BMX Olympic silver medalist Kye Whyte, 22 and Paul Gascoigne’s son Regan Gascoigne, 25

Both reserve contestants had to be used for the first time in the show’s history as three celebrities were forced to withdraw and two tested positive for the virus. 

Denise, 47, sustained an injury in the second week after she suffered three bone fractures and a partially dislocated shoulder.

Billie, 31, became the second to withdraw from the competition as she sustained a head injury during training, while Australian actor Jason, 53, was also forced to leave due to a back injury, in week 6 of the show.

The series suffered another blow as comedian Rufus Hound, 42, Joe-Warren Plant, 19 and his professional partner Vanessa Bauer, 25, all contracted Covid-19. 

Dancing On Ice 2022: Who are the celebrities?

KYE WHYTE

Age: 22

Profession: Olympics BMX rider

Kye says: ‘I’d love to see if I can make the final because I’m very competitive.’

RACHEL STEVENS

Age: 43

Profession: Singer

Rachel says‘It now feels really real, this is really happening. I’m so excited, obviously really nervous.’

LIBERTY POOLE

 

Age: 22

Profession: Love Island star  

Liberty says: ‘I ice skate as a hobby sometimes so I can get around the rink but I can’t do any tricks’ 

STEF REID  

Age: 36

Profession: Paralympian

Stef says: ‘I’m going to be a contestant on Dancing on Ice and it’s a little bit scary but I cannot wait!’

REGAN GASCOIGNE 

 

Age: 26

Profession: Singer 

Regan says: ‘I love dancing but it’s the skill of this. I’ve always wanted to do it. Always! Ever since I was a kid!’

 KIMBERLY WYATT 

Age: 39

 Age: 39                                                                     

Profession: Pussycat Dolls singer

Kimberly says: ‘I’m just excited to see what I can do on there. I’m up for a challenge!’

BRENDAN COLE

 

Age: 45

Profession: Dancer

Brendan says: ‘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.’ 

BEN FODEN 

 

Age: 36

Profession: Rugby player  

Ben says:  ‘I like the idea of learning a new sport and a new skill. I’m quite competitive as well.’

SALLY DYNEVOR  

 

Age:  58

Profession: Coronation Street actress 

Sally says:  ‘This is a massive challenge. I’m so scared! I’ve just got to take every opportunity I get.’

BEZ

 

Age: 57

Profession: Happy Mondays 

Bez says: ‘I’m always up for a challenge and am already in training on the ice.’

RIA HEBDEN

Age: 36

Profession: Presenter

Ria says: ‘It will be brilliant to learn a new scary skill.’

 CONNOR BALL

Age: 25

Age: 25

 Profession: The Vamps bassist

Connor says: ‘I’m excited obviously but I’m really nervous. I’m quite clumsy, accident prone.’

 


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