LIVERPOOL actress Jennifer Ellison was today tipped as a “strong contender” for the new series of Dancing On Ice.
The former Brookside star is training for the ITV1 hit show, which starts in January. She will be joined by fellow Merseysider Heidi Range, who found fame as one third of Sugababes. The Aintree-born singer maintained her ever-glamorous appearance as she arrived at the Slough ice rink in sky-high heels.
Jorgie Porter, who plays Theresa in Liverpool-made soap Hollyoaks, is also among the famous faces taking part.
The celebrities are already going through their paces with professionals Jane Torvill and Christopher Dean.
Jennifer looked nervous as she took her first shaky steps on the ice earlier this week.
A source told the ECHO: “Jen was approached about it a few years ago but she felt this was the right time.
“She always gives 110%. She is one of the best-known stars in this series of Dancing On Ice and she could be a serious contender.”
Jennifer was crowned champion celebrity chef in ITV1’s Hell’s Kitchen in 2004.
Others getting ready to battle on the ice include fashion designer Sadie Frost, British number one ski racer Chemmy Alcott, EastEnders actress Laila Morse and fitness guru Rosemary Conley.
The male celebrities include Emmerdale actor Matthew Wolfenden, Corrie’s Andy Whyment, former England goalkeeper Ian Walker – the son of ex-Everton FC boss Mike – and ex-Blue Peter presenter Andy Akinwolere.