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It’s still yet to be revealed who will be hosting the next series of Dancing On Ice, but professional skater Colin Grafton has predicted the show will be “bigger and better”. The series usually airs on ITV in January and this year’s crop of celebrities are currently hard at work training for the first live show.
Speaking exclusively to Express.co.uk about what viewers can expect for the upcoming series, Colin, 32, said: “I think ITV and Dancing On Ice do such a great job of being innovative and pushing the boundaries.
“It’s early days so I haven’t even been briefed on everything that’s going to happen. I have no doubt in my mind, they’re going to try and make it bigger and better like they usually do.”
The ITV star said it does get competitive with the other celebrities and professional skaters, but the group uplift one another and cheer each other on to do better.
He continued: “I have to say, I’m sure people want us to be super competitive, I’m sure everybody wants to do really well, but it’s a healthy competitiveness.
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“I have to stress, it’s very healthy. It’s awesome that we can all push one another but at the same time, we’re all lifting each other up and genuinely helping one another out.”
Colin joined the iconic show last year and made it all the way to the final with his partner The Vivienne, before ending up in third place.
Nile Wilson was triumphant and lifted the trophy as a champion, with Joey Essex coming in second place.
This year, Colin is partnered with Coronation Street star Claire Sweeney and is hoping the pair can go all the way.
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“You have to remember that it’s a journey for everyone. This show is so unique in the sense that we all come from different walks of life.
“Everybody has their own journey, we’re all at different ages, we’re all at different skill levels. Some of us are performers, some of us are comedians, so it’s more about the journey although winning would be wonderful,” Colin divulged.
ITV are yet to reveal who will be taking over hosting duties after Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby’s exits from the skating series.
Colin is training with Claire for the upcoming series of Dancing on Ice, which will air on ITV next year.
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