Dancing On Ice 2023: Oti Mabuse reveals she wears joggers and slipper behind the judges desk 


Oti Mabuse has revealed she wears her slippers and joggers behind the Dancing On Ice judging desk. 

The former Strictly pro, 32, admitted she changes into her comfy clothes during the first ad break of the ITV show due to her dresses being uncomfortable. 

After Ashley said during the break he has sweets behind the desk, Oti was asked if she has anything viewers can’t see. 

Comfy: Oti Mabuse has revealed she wears her slippers and joggers behind the Dancing On Ice judging desk

Oti responded: ‘I have a heater, a hot water bottle and I don’t wear my shoes. People see me walking and they see the shoes but as soon as we go to an ad break, I’m in my slippers. 

‘I wear my dressing gown and another thing, I wear my joggers. If I don’t wear a dressing gown, I’ll wear my joggers. Sometimes the dresses aren’t comfortable to sit in so I scoop them up and I’ll wear my joggers, so that’s why you don’t see me standing.’

Ashley previously admitted: ‘Oh yes! Mine are above the desk, I’m not trying to hide them. Sometimes I make it a game, if I know Holly and Phil are going to come to me, I’ll think I can eat three of those before they come to me. I just have to make sure I’ve cleared the wrappers away!’

Relaxed: The former Strictly pro, 32, admitted she changes into her comfy clothes during the first ad break of the ITV show due to her dresses being uncomfortable

Relaxed: The former Strictly pro, 32, admitted she changes into her comfy clothes during the first ad break of the ITV show due to her dresses being uncomfortable 

Speaking about the series returning, Oti said: ‘It feels like last week we were here doing the Semi-Final and waiting for the Final! It’s exciting and it’s such a big show. I feel like Dancing on Ice starts the year, it’s the big glamorous sparkly show and it helps you transition from cold January into the warmer months. 

‘Dancing on Ice is there every Sunday night to give us a bit of glitz and glam. For me, it’s honestly such a privilege to be on the panel and it’s great not to be the newbie anymore!’

When asked how she would describe her judging style, she said: ‘I think I get emotional because I feel for them and I understand they’re being put in that position as a non-professional which is really hard. 

‘I also understand the professionals side as well because they’re experts and they’re champions in what they do, so to teach someone who has never done this before, it’s hard. I think I understand because I’ve been there and I’ve experienced it.’

She continued: ‘Ashley and I were talking a lot about creativity and creating storylines. The Dancing on Ice professionals – that’s something they do really well. That is something I’m really looking forward to – the goosebumps, the exciting entertainment element of it. I’m really looking to everything!’ 

It comes after this years celebrities looked glamorous as they posed for promotional pictures ahead of the 2023 Dancing On Ice launch.

The ITV shows hosts and judges also looked raring to go after confirming the show will be returning in January.

Glam: The ITV shows judges looked raring to go after confirming the show will be returning in January (Oti Mabuse, Jayne Torvill, Christopher Dean and Ashley Banjo pictured L-R)

Glam: The ITV shows judges looked raring to go after confirming the show will be returning in January (Oti Mabuse, Jayne Torvill, Christopher Dean and Ashley Banjo pictured L-R)

Siva Kaneswaran has been confirmed as the final star to sign up for the new series of Dancing On Ice, with the full all-star cast being revealed.

The Wanted singer, 33, is the 11th celebrity competitor for the ITV figure skating competition which is set to air in January.

A TV insider told The Sun : ‘He’s a great signing for the show – The Wanted still have a huge loyal fanbase.

‘After all the boys have been through this year with losing their bandmate Tom Parker, fans will be willing him to go all the way in Tom’s memory.’

It was announced that former Liberty X star Michelle Heaton was the 10th celebrity to sign up for the upcoming series of DOI.

The singer, 43, confirmed the exciting news on Monday’s Lorraine as she told the presenter she ‘never’ could have competed in previous years due to damage caused to her body by alcoholism.

She said: ‘I’m so excited, I can’t believe it. Me and the kids are huge fans and we watch every series. I would never have been able to compete because of the way my body is and I’m so grateful I got this this year so I can do it properly.

‘I have no idea what I’m doing. I’m not a skater. I’ve been on the ice a few times to audition. I get my skates tomorrow.’

After confirming he was appearing on the show, Darren Harriott joked his ‘giant feet’ could be problematic.

First look: Dancing On Ice 2023 stars Darren Harriott, Mollie Gallagher, Siva Kaneswaran, Ekin-Su Cülcülo¿lu, The Vivienne, Patsy Palmer, Joey Essex, Michelle Heaton, John Fashanu, Nile Wilson and Carly Stenson (pictured L-R)

First look: Dancing On Ice 2023 stars Darren Harriott, Mollie Gallagher, Siva Kaneswaran, Ekin-Su Cülcüloğlu, The Vivienne, Patsy Palmer, Joey Essex, Michelle Heaton, John Fashanu, Nile Wilson and Carly Stenson (pictured L-R) 

The comedian, 34, joined Trisha Goddard on Talk TV to confirm he was the ninth celebrity in the line-up, where he said: ‘I’ve got giant feet, I don’t skate and I can’t dance!

‘My family has already made bets – they’re making bets that I’ll fall on the first episode!’

It was previously announced actress and DJ Patsy Palmer, football legend John Fashanu, Love Island winner Ekin-Su Cülcüloğlu would also be appearing on the new series.

TOWIE star Joey Essex was unveiled as eighth star to sign up for hit show, following on from RuPaul’s Drag Race UK’s The Vivienne and Coronation Street star Mollie Gallagher and Olympic gymnast Nile Wilson.

Eleven celebrities will embark on the ultimate challenge as they take to the ice each week, skating live in a bid to impress both the panel and viewers at home.

Dancing on Ice returns this January on ITV1 and ITVX

DANCING ON ICE 2023: MEET THE CONTESTANTS

PATSY PALMER 

AGE: 50

PROFESSION: Actress and DJ

WHAT DID THEY SAY?:  ‘I’ve turned it down before because I was terrified, but when I turned 50 I made a pact to get out of my confront zone. ‘

EKIN-SU CULCULOGLU

AGE: 28

PROFESSION: Love Island star 

WHAT DID THEY SAY?:  ‘I’ve got some amazing news to tell you. I’m so excited, I can’t wait to get myself on the ice and skate. Stay tuned and see you on the ice.’

 MOLLIE GALLAGHER 

AGE: 24

PROFESSION: Actress

WHAT DID THEY SAY?: ‘I’ve not got the best coordination so when people find out they will laugh, but I don’t want to spend my life saying “I can’t do this, I can’t do that.”

JOEY ESSEX

AGE: 32 

PROFESSION: Ex TOWIE star

WHAT DID THEY SAY?: ‘I’m so excited. I wanted something in my life with structure and it’s more serious than what I usually do.’

 CARLEY STENSON

AGE: 36

PROFESSION: Actress and West End star

WHAT DID THEY SAY?: ‘I’m so excited that I get to learn how to dance…on ice! I’m terrified but can’t wait – I just want to make the most of this whole experience.’

SIVA KANESWARAN

AGE: 33

PROFESSION: Singer

WHAT DID THEY SAY?: ‘I want to learn how to skate and make my family proud of me and put on a show for everyone to see.’

 JOHN FASHANU 

AGE: 60

PROFESSION: Former footballer and pundit 

WHAT DID THEY SAY?:  ‘I am definitely in it to win it.And this may be one of the scariest things I’ve ever signed up for but I couldn’t be more ready for the challenge!’

NILE WILSON

AGE: 26

PROFESSION: Olympic gymnast 

WHAT DID THEY SAY?: ‘I’ve not done much ice-skating but I am so excited for the opportunity. I’m so excited to get into that routine and to feel like an athlete again.’

 JAMES LEE WILLIAM AKA THE VIVIENNE 

AGE: 29

PROFESSION: Drag queen

WHAT DID THEY SAY?: ‘To be the first drag artist to take part in one of the big UK reality competition shows is an honour and a big step forward for queer representation on TV.’

  DARREN HARRIOT 

PROFESSION: Comedian 

AGE: 34 

WHAT DID THEY SAY?: ‘I’ve got giant feet, I don’t skate and I can’t danceMy family has already made bets – they’re making bets that I’ll fall on the first episode!’ 

 MICHELLE HEATON

AGE: 43

PROFESSION: Singer

WHAT DID THEY SAY?: ‘I’ve always wanted to do it but I know I would never have been able to complete anything because of the way I was 18 months ago, so I’m really truly grateful that I’ve got it this year when I’m a lot stronger.’

 

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