He’s set to make his long-awaited debut on the ice during Sunday’s launch show.
But Dancing On Ice star Brendan Cole has revealed it hasn’t always been plain sailing during his gruelling training sessions, admitting he suffered concussion after nasty fall before meeting his skating partner Vanessa Bauer.
The former Strictly Come Dancing professional, 45, confessed he was ’embarassed’ when he was sent crashing onto the rink during his first day on the ice in October.
Oops! Dancing On Ice star Brendan Cole has revealed he suffered concussion after suffering a nasty fall on his first day of training, as he prepares to make his debut on the ice on Sunday
Speaking on Friday’s Lorraine, Brendan said: ‘I’m really good, we do fall every single day, I think I’ve seen vanessa do it once, and the worst thing to do is fall on the same bruise twice.
‘I did concuss myself on my first day in October before I met vanessa which I was embarrassed about, but it’s why Dancing on Ice is so exciting. I thought lifts would be easy but not on the blades.’
Brendan added that given his performing experience, he thought he’d be prepared to take to the ice, but has still found training to be a challenge.
Oh dear! The former Strictly Come Dancing professional confessed he was ’embarassed’ when he was sent crashing onto the rink (pictured during training with Vanessa Bauer)
He told Lorraine: ‘I was hoping it would be slightly better as I don’t suffer with nerves too much, the lights and the studio are making the heart go, with two days left but I’m excited after three months of training.’
Currently, Brendan has been tipped as the favourite to win the show, with odds of 3-1 according to Coral.
Regan Gascoigne is the 4-1 second favourite with the show starting this weekend, with Liberty Poole and Kimberley Wyatt as joint third at 5-1.
Tough: Brendan added that given his performing experience, he thought he’d be prepared to take to the ice, but has still found training to be a challenge
Brendan will take to the ice with veteran pro Vanessa, who was previously crowned series champion with Jake Quickenden, and he admitted they’re definitely on the same wavelength when it comes to their competitive nature.
He added: ‘I have seen Vanessa’s track record and that’s why I’m so delighted to be partnered with her, I like her drive and passion for what she does, her art, as a choreographer.
‘I like to have my say too which she’s learning quickly. We want to be really amazing on the first week, there will be mistakes and build on it.’
Views: He also hit back at criticism from fans claiming he has an unfair advantage thanks to his dance background
Brendan also hit back at criticism from fans claiming he has an unfair advantage thanks to his dance background, while praising the appointment of his former Strictly co-star Oti Mabuse as a judge.
He added: ‘Obviously there are people that have said its not fair that I’m a dancer but there are other dancers on the show, Oti is a great friend of mine and shes such an amazing person to have on the panel.’
Set to compete on the new series of Dancing On Ice are Love Islander Liberty Poole, 21, BMX Olympic silver medalist Kye Whyte, 22, Paul Gascoigne’s son Regan Gascoigne, 25, The Vamps’ Connor Ball, 25, rugby star Ben Foden, 36, and Paralympian Stef Reid, 37.
Exciting: The dancer will take to the ice with veteran pro Vanessa Bauer, who was previously crowned series champion with Jake Quickenden
Other celebrities taking part include presenter Ria Hebden, 38, pop star and actress Kimberly Wyatt, 39, professional dancer Brendan Cole, 45, and Happy Mondays dancer Bez, 57.
This year’s celeb contestants will make their debut on the ice on the live launch show this Sunday, with ITV hoping there will be less injuries than last year’s chaotic series.
The 2021 series saw stars Denise Van Outen, Billie Faiers and Jason Donovan all forced to withdraw following injury, with contestants were forced to form a ‘bubble’ with their partners due to Covid restrictions and it was filmed without a live audience.
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.
Coming soon: Dancing on Ice starts on Sunday January 16th at 6.30pm on ITV
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.
The new series of Dancing on Ice starts on Sunday January 16th at 6.30pm on ITV.
Dancing On Ice 2022: Who are the celebrities?
Profession: Olympics BMX rider
Kye says: ‘I’d love to see if I can make the final because I’m very competitive.’
Rachel says: ‘It now feels really real, this is really happening. I’m so excited, obviously really nervous.’
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 says: ‘I’m going to be a contestant on Dancing on Ice and it’s a little bit scary but I cannot wait!’
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!’
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 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.’
Profession: Rugby player
Ben says: ‘I like the idea of learning a new sport and a new skill. I’m quite competitive as well.’
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.’
Profession: Happy Mondays
Bez says: ‘I’m always up for a challenge and am already in training on the ice.’
Ria says: ‘It will be brilliant to learn a new scary skill.’
Profession: The Vamps bassist
Connor says: ‘I’m excited obviously but I’m really nervous. I’m quite clumsy, accident prone.’