Dancing On Ice’s female contestants pose for a beaming backstage snap ahead of the second live show 


Here come the girls! Dancing On Ice’s female contestants pose for a beaming backstage snap ahead of the second live show

Dancing On Ice’s female contestants were raring to go on Sunday evening ahead of the second live show. 

The stunning group of girls donned their glamorous costumes and posed for a backstage snap.

Ekin-Su Cülcüloğlu, who will dance in this weeks skate-off, bundled up in a cream jumper and blew a kiss to the camera.

Here come the girls! Dancing On Ice’s female contestants were raring to go on Sunday evening ahead of the second live show

Patsy Palmer, Michelle Heaton and Carley Stenson were dressed in shimmering ensembles, ready to take to the ice. 

Meanwhile, Mollie Gallagher cut a casual figure in a black Nike hoodie and bright pink joggers.

Professional skater Olivia Smart, who made her debut on the ITV show last Sunday, donned a blue robe over costume.

Football legend John Fashanu, Coronation Street’s Mollie Gallagher, Drag Queen and TV personality The Vivienne, comedian Darren Harriott, actress and West End star Carley Stenson will all perform this week.

It's back! Dancing On Ice returned for another year last Sunday evening with a start-studded launch - as Joey Essex kicked off the show with his dance partner Vanessa Bauer

It’s back! Dancing On Ice returned for another year last Sunday evening with a start-studded launch – as Joey Essex kicked off the show with his dance partner Vanessa Bauer 

Ekin-Su sparked controversy with her performance during Sunday evening’s launch show of the skating competition as she recreated her famous crawling scene from Love Island.

And she gave the routine 100%, with host Holly Willoughby even dubbing the routine the show’s ‘sexiest dance ever’.

But the performance didn’t quite get the reaction she was hoping for, with Ofcom receiving 112 complaints from the public following the episode.

Oh no: Her comments come after Ekin-Su sparked a number of complaints on Sunday evening with her debut Dancing On Ice performance

Routine: The controversy came after she recreated her famous crawling scene from Love Island

Many were quick to hit out at Ekin-Su’s sequin-emblazoned jumpsuit, which was a recreation of the one Britney Spears wore in her Toxic music video – which the reality star was dancing to.

While the actress also crawled across the ice during the performance, an ode to the famous Love Island scene in which she crawled around the villa’s terrace to kiss fellow islander Jay Younger behind partner Davide Sanclimenti’s back.

The sultry routine also saw her lie on her back and be swept up into partner Brendyn’s arms, with a slew of animated facial expressions.

Ekin-Su and Brendyn were marked middle of the leaderboard by the judges, who gave a score of 21.5.

But while they agreed that the star certainly had sex appeal, they were hoping for a little more from the performance.

‘It was very sexy. But what I want more of is the skating,’ said judge Jayne Torvill. Ashley was in agreement as he said: ‘Skate on your own without holding on to Brendyn, show us what you can do.’

Confident: Ekin-Su is said to be putting on a brave face and did not have any qualms about the routine

Confident: Ekin-Su is said to be putting on a brave face and did not have any qualms about the routine

Many viewers also took to social media to brand the routine ‘not appropriate’ for the family show, which airs before the watershed.

But the performance was a hit with Ekin-Su’s boyfriend Davide, who sat in the audience and teased that he ‘couldn’t wait’ to take her home.

Later in the show, the public vote revealed that the Love Island star received the lowest number of public votes and will face a skate-off in next week’s show, alongside one other star.

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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