Former Dancing On Ice professional dancer Andrei Lipanov is set to return to the show next month, he has revealed. Andrei, who skated on the show for four years up until 2009, will be skating with Sugababes star Heidi Range.
It was revealed earlier this week that Heidi’s current partner Sylvain Longchambon injured himself during training and would be sitting the first live shows out.
A source said at the time: “This is gutting news for everyone concerned. Heidi and Sylvain were to be the glamour couple of the new series. He hurt the muscles in his right arm while practising on the ice with Heidi. It is quite serious.”
Andrei, who has been working in the North East since leaving the show, told the Gazette Live: “They needed somebody experienced to step in As soon as I finish the show I will come back here.”
Other celebrities rumoured for the new series of Dancing on Ice include actress Jennifer Ellison and singer Chesney Hawkes.
The full time up will be confirmed next week.
Dancing On Ice starts on ITV1 on January 8.
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