Brian McFadden and Gemma Collins among contestants for Dancing on Ice 2019
Brian McFadden is among the celebrities hitting the rink for Dancing on Ice 2019.
The Dublin singer (38) was joined by TOWIE star Gemma Collins, Richard Blackwood, Ryan Sidebottom and Love Island's Wes Nelson at the launch on Tuesday.
McFadden is no stranger to reality TV having been a judge on Australia's Got Talent and appearing alongside ex-wife Vogue Williams on Stepping Out. Also, in 2016 he took part in Channel 4 series, The Jump, which was based on skiing.
Holly Willoughby, fresh from I'm a Celebrity: Get Me Out of Here presenting duties, has been reunited with her This Morning co-host Phillip Schofield for Dancing On Ice.
Speaking at the launch they said there is no need for star-studded line-ups on reality shows.
The presenting pair said Strictly Come Dancing and I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here have not suffered despite criticism that their line-ups are not filled with A-listers.
They argued that it is the story the contestants create and not who they are at the outset of the show which is compelling to viewers.
They have hailed the show’s line-up as “fantastic”.
But the duo claims that the initial fame of contestants soon fades when people fall in love with the stars on screen.
Schofield said: “How many times has it happened that you’re watching I’m A Celeb and you’re thinking ‘I’m not sure about this’, then it turns into the best series.
“The story is fantastic, and what happens in there is brilliant. It’s the same with Strictly, it’s the same with Dancing On Ice. You’re don’t know who’s going to bubble to the top, you don’t know who everyone’s going to fall in love with.”
The show’s presenters have said the roster of stars is superb, but defended reality programmes that allegedly lack big stars.
Willoughby said: “The thing is with the line-up, our line-up happens to be brilliant.
“But it doesn’t really matter, because you’re watching a person, for want of a better word, go on a journey. You’re with that person from day one, you’re watching how they change, you’re watching them learn the highs the lows,
“It doesn’t really matter. But, as it happens, we really do have a great line-up.”
Dancing On Ice is due to air on ITV in early 2019.