Dancing on Ice odds: Poole favourite to win hit ITV show
S Club star popular at 9/1 in Dancing on Ice odds
Dancing on Ice returns to our screens for another star-studded series in the coming weeks as the 12 new contestants look to impress the panel and viewers alike.
Capital FM DJ Sonny Jay won the 13th series with skate partner Angela Egan, but Love Island star Liberty Poole is the 3/1 favourite in the Dancing On Ice odds to win the latest edition, although only 8.5% of punters fancy her to go all the way.
The last series was blighted by five withdrawals, three because of injury and two with positive Covid tests, so fingers crossed the new show will run more smoothly.
Almost a quarter of all bets placed on this year’s winner have been in favour of Rachel Stevens. A staggering 22.5% of bets placed so far with Ladbrokes have been on the S Club 7 star, with Ria Hebden and Stef Reid the least popular pick with punters.
Elsewhere, Strictly Come Dancing’s Brendan Cole has been the subject of 19.1% of all bets as things stand, and finds himself priced at 7/2 in the betting.
Alex Apati of Ladbrokes said: “Dancing On Ice is soon set to return to our screens, and with less than two weeks to go until the series opener, it’s Rachel Stevens who currently tops the popularity charts with punters.”
When is the new series of Dancing on Ice?
The first episode starts on Sunday, January 16, when Strictly’s Oti Mabuse replaces John Barrowman on the judging panel alongside Christopher Dean, Jayne Torvill and Ashley Banjo.
Throwback to when Torvill and Dean hit us with another stunning routine 🤩
— Dancing on Ice (@dancingonice) March 16, 2021
Who are the Dancing on Ice contestants?
Pussycat Dolls’ Kimberly Wyatt, Strictly stalwart Brendan Cole and Coronation Street star and Sally Dynevor are three of the names on the show which also includes Happy Mondays maverick Bez.
The 22-year-old student and Nando’s waitress was initially the favourite to join the 2021 I’m A Celebrity cast, but an appearance at the castle in north Wales never materialised.
However, Poole is back in the limelight and in her comfort zone, revealing that “I ice skate as a hobby sometimes so I can get around the rink but I can’t do any tricks”.
Cole’s 15-year stint as a professional dancer on Strictly Come Dancing came to an end in 2018 but now he is trying his hand as a contestant.
The 45-year-old New Zealader is in good hands though. He has been coupled with Vanessa Bauer, who won with Jake Quickenden on her debut in series 10, which she followed with two runner-up spots with Wes Nelson and Perri Kiely. Her partner last year, Joe-Warren Plant, had to withdraw having tested positive for Covid.
Cole has all the moves in the ballroom, but he ended up in A&E with concussion after one training session so a slippier surface may prove difficult to master. He’s 7/2 in the Dancing on Ice odds.
Whyte made history by securing Britain’s first BMX Olympics medal in Tokyo and he will need to utilise that impeccable balance to win the show which sees him paired with newcomer Tippy Packard, a Hong Kong-based figure skater.
Her charge is inexperienced on the ice but says he “rollerskated when I was younger..I really don’t mind if I fall, I’m quite fearless”.
The 22-year-old Londoner is 5/1 to add a win on Dancing on Ice to the silver medal he earned in Japan.
The son of England legend Paul is a professional dancer and is looking forward to getting his blades on the rink with Karina Manta.
“Obviously I dance and love dancing but it’s the skill of this. I’ve always wanted to do it. Always! Ever since I was a kid!” said Gascoigne who is priced at 7/1.
The former England rugby union international revealed he “used to skate a little when I was kid. I’d go to ice discos when I was 15 or 16 years old and you’d always see these kids that had a proper dancing background that could do pirouettes”.
Foden’s competitive nature will prove an asset and he is 8/1 to finish top of the pile.
Wyatt is also 8/1 in the Dancing on Ice odds and admits she is “nervous, that ice is going to hit hard”.
The 39-year-old pop star and actress has reality TV show experience, winning Celebrity MasterChef seven years ago.
Former S Club 7 singer Stevens says she used to skate when she was around 10 years old and “dabbled in it for a bit”, but admits she is “very wobbly”.
Stevens finished runner-up in Series 6 of Strictly Come Dancing in 2008 and will be reaching for the stars once again as she bids to go far in the ice version at odds of 9/1.
Ball is the bass player with British band The Vamps but doesn’t fill us with confidence ahead of his first steps on the rink despite his bandmates thinking he is the best dancer in the group.
The 25-year-old Scot, available at 12/1, said: “I’m really nervous. I’m quite clumsy, accident prone. Ice is hard!”
Stef Reid MBE
Reid won a bronze medal in the 200m at the 2008 Paralympic Games and silver in the long jump four years later.
— Stef Reid MBE (@RunJumpStefReid) January 3, 2022
The 36-year-old lost a leg in a boating accident as a teenager and had a new prosthetic one designed to help her skate on ice. She is 16/1 to beat the other 11 contestants.
TV presenter Hebden revealed live on Lorraine, the show she works on, that she was the headline news in the entertainment section of the programme, becoming the 10th contestant to accept the Dancing on Ice challenge.
When asked by the show’s host whether she had done much ice skating, Hebden said: “I went when I was 10 years old with my grandma and grandad to – and people in Yorkshire will remember – Bradford Ice Rink.”
However, her last time on the ice came around six years ago with her son Noah and she “did more drinking of mulled wine than skating!”
Hebden is 25/1 in the Dancing on Ice odds.
The Happy Mondays ‘dancer’ announced he would be appearing in the 14th series by emerging from a giant snowball on This Morning and revealed that his training was “more like Bambi on Ice”.
He added: “How I got picked I don’t know because I was absolutely awful at the audition but they must have seen some potential in me!”
Those words may explain why Bez is the big outsider at 33/1 to cause an upset.
Sally Dynevor MBE
Dynevor was the first contestant to be announced but is last in the Dancing on Ice odds at 33/1 alongside Bez.
The Corrie actor has never skated before and despite having a penguin when she took her daughter to the ice rink, decided “this is too hard so I’ll go and get a coffee”.
She told the Lorraine show: “This is a massive challenge, Lorraine. It really, really is. I’m not getting any younger, I’ve just got to take every opportunity I get so that when I’m old I can say you know what? I gave it a go.”
All odds and markets correct as of date of publication