Denise Van Outen confirmed as third celebrity to sign up for Dancing On Ice but admits she 'can't even stand' on skates

DENISE Van Outen is the third celebrity confirmed for Dancing On Ice 2021.

The theatre star, 46, announced the news on today's Loose Women, following the signings of Myleene Klass and Joe-Warren Plant.

Sitting wearing a pink jumper, a beaming Denise said: "I'm really excited, I can't believe it and finally I get to tell people!"

She told the panel her daughter Betsy, 10, will be "so excited because she loves the show and we watch it every year."

The multi-talented star continued: "Hopefully I'll be able to skate because I literally cannot stand up on ice and every time I've taken Betsy at Christmas time to a rink I've been the one on the penguin!"

"After the year we've all had it's going to be lovely and refreshing to see a bit of sparkle, a bit of glamour and see us all happy and smiling enjoying ourselves on the ice."

It was previously reported that Denise, who made the finals of Strictly Come Dancing in 2012, signed a £40,000 deal after impressing bosses.

"After some top secret negotiations, Denise was offered the chance to take part and she jumped at the chance," a source told the Daily Star.

"She's signed a deal worth £40,000. Bosses are thrilled to have her on board. They know she will give it her all in training and be popular with viewers."

In July, The Sun exclusively revealed that at least 17 hopefuls turned up to audition for the 12 spots on next year's series.

Among those seen leaving were former England and Chelsea footballer Wayne Bridges, 39, heptathlon champ Denise Lewis, 47, and swimmer Mark Foster, 50.

Denise was also spotted leaving the Slough Ice Arena.

With TV work scarce during the virus pandemic, insiders said there was an “undercurrent of competition” on the rink.

A source said: “Everyone was in high spirits and excited to be working again.

“Places on a primetime show are lucrative and contestants get a huge career boost by taking part.

“There are likely to be other auditions for celebrities based in more remote areas, and even abroad.”

Myleene and Joe have both spoken of their delight at joining the competition.

The radio host gushed on Instagram: "I am so, SO excited to be joining the cast of @dancingonice. My girls have always wanted me to do this but I’ve always been too scared someone will skate over my fingers!"

While Emmerdale star Joe simply wrote: "Let's get it!"

Training will start in autumn with filming from January. Actor Joe Swash and pro skater Alex Murphy won last year.

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