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Friday 18th October 2019

Maura Higgins and Michael Barrymore are first two Dancing On Ice stars

The new series begins in January

Maura Higgins and Michael Barrymore have announced they will appear on the new series of Dancing On Ice next year.

During Tuesday's This Morning, Love Island star Maura was unveiled as the first contestant and admitted she's "more excited than scared".

She said: "I've skated twice in my life. I have no experience at all. It's very scary."

Maura is doing Dancing On Ice next year (Credit: ITV)

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She continued: "I'm more excited than scared. I'm brave and competitive. I don't want to let everyone down now.

"I don't go to the gym. My body is going to be in for it. I start [training] in October."

Meanwhile, Michael sent a video into the show to reveal his news.

I'm more excited than scared. I'm brave and competitive.

He said: "I'm delighted to say that I'll be joining the Dancing on Ice line up for 2020.

"I'm looking forward to meeting Holly and Phil. I'm very excited... it's performance time!"

It comes after it was reported that ITV presenter Lucrezia Millarini and Coronation Street actress Lisa George are reportedly lined up for the new series.

The new series is expected to return early next year and a string of names have already been thrown into the mix, including Joe Swash, Perri Kiely and Ian 'H' Watkins.

A source told The Sun: "Lucrezia can't wait to get onto the ice and is looking forward to trying something new and out of her comfort zone.

"Bosses think she's a natural in front of camera and will be a big success on next year's show."

Lucrezia is apparently lined up (Credit: ITV)

Meanwhile, soap actress Lisa - who plays Beth Tinker in Corrie - is reportedly joining Lucrezia in the line-up.

An insider told The Sun: "Lisa's really popular with soap fans so Dancing boss think she'll be a great signing.

"All of her cobbles castmates will be backing her on the show."

Lisa is reportedly doing the show (Credit: Wenn)

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A rep for Dancing On Ice told us: "At this point any names linked to Dancing on Ice 2020 are pure speculation and we will be confirming our line up in due course."

The actress would be following in the footsteps of her soap co-star Jane Danson, who appeared on the ITV skating show last year.

Meanwhile, both Antony Cotton and Brooke Vincent have also previously swapped the cobbles for the ice rink.

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