Dancing On Ice Star’s Participation in Show Uncertain Due to Painful Knee Injury That May Hinder Skating Abilities

Dancing On Ice Star’s Participation in Show Uncertain Due to Painful Knee Injury That May Hinder Skating Abilities

Claire Sweeney’s place on Dancing On Ice this week is reportedly hanging in the balance after she suffered a nasty injury during rehearsals.

The actress, 52, was due to make her debut on the show this weekend but it is unclear whether she will perform after hurting her knee.

An insider told The Sun: ‘Claire has been training really hard, but has managed to injure herself.

‘She’s really gutted and is following the advice to help her back on her feet.

‘Everyone’s really hoping she will be OK for Saturday because she’s put so much effort into.’

Claire Sweeney's place on Dancing On Ice is reportedly hanging in the balance after she suffered a nasty injury during rehearsals (pictured this week)

Claire Sweeney’s place on Dancing On Ice is reportedly hanging in the balance after she suffered a nasty injury during rehearsals (pictured this week)

The actress, 52, was due to make her debut on the show this weekend but it is unclear whether she will perform after hurting her knee (Claire pictured with her professional skating partner Colin Grafton last week)

The actress, 52, was due to make her debut on the show this weekend but it is unclear whether she will perform after hurting her knee (Claire pictured with her professional skating partner Colin Grafton last week)

A source close to the show added: ‘Claire is in great hands. ITV has medical support on site and health and safety across the board. The stars know the risks when joining the show, but they are full looked after throughout. Everyone wishes Claire a speedy recovery.’

MailOnline has contacted ITV and a representative for Claire for comment.

Claire has been paired up with professional skater Colin Grafton for this year’s show and she was set to be one of six celebrities to compete for the first time this weekend.

Last week saw retired boxer Ricky Hatton, former S Club 7 singer Hannah Spearritt, ex Love Island star Amber Davies, athlete Greg Rutherford, actor Ryan Thomas and Emmerdale star Roxy Shahidi take to the rink.

It comes after Claire suffered a very embarrassing moment on the ice as her leggings completely ripped when she took a tumble.

The actress, 52, was left red-faced after she suffered an unfortunate wardrobe malfunction while training for the ITV show, a first look trailer has revealed.

In the video, she had a nasty fall as she flew backwards before landing firmly on her back as she tried to get to grips with ice skating.

Claire was then seen practicing with judges Christopher Dean as she span around with her hands on his shoulders as Jayne Torvill watched her technique.

Dancing On Ice 's Claire Sweeney had a very embarrassing moment on the ice as her leggings completely ripped after she took a tumble

Dancing On Ice ‘s Claire Sweeney had a very embarrassing moment on the ice as her leggings completely ripped after she took a tumble

In a first look trailer, Claire had a nasty fall as she flew backwards and landed firmly on her back as she tried to get to grips with ice skating

In a first look trailer, Claire had a nasty fall as she flew backwards and landed firmly on her back as she tried to get to grips with ice skating

However, unbeknown to Claire, her blue leggings had ripped after her fall, leaving her backside exposed in the awkward wardrobe malfunction. 

Addressing the moment while speaking to camera, a red-faced Claire said: ‘I’ve been skating around the with my bum hanging out with Torvill and Dean and no one told me!’

The trailer also showed her fellow celebrities gearing up for the show’s January 14 launch date as many of them fell over while practicing on the ice.

Claire is not the only person who has struggled to steady herself on the ice this year –  Dancing On Ice viewers branded Ricky Hatton ‘the new Todd Carty’ as the retired boxer took to the rink during the series opener on Sunday.

Dressed in a boxing outfit, Ricky wore knee pads as he referenced moves from his sport on the ice and did press-ups to Rocky movie theme tune Gonna Fly Now by Bill Conti with his skating partner Robin Johnstone.

Former world champion boxer Ricky, 45, received a total score of 12.5 points out of a possible 40 from the judges.

Judge Ashley Banjo said his performance was ‘iconic’ and said he could be proud of the audience’s reaction.

However, Ricky’s routine left fans of the show at home in hysterics as they compared him to former EastEnders star Todd Carty, who competed on the show in 2009 and became known for his extensive mishaps – including the time he hurtled off the rink and straight out of the studio as he fought to stop himself falling to the ground.

Dancing On Ice viewers branded Ricky Hatton 'the new Todd Carty' as the retired boxer took to the rink during the series opener on Sunday (Ricky pictured with his professional partner Robin Johnstone)

Dancing On Ice viewers branded Ricky Hatton ‘the new Todd Carty’ as the retired boxer took to the rink during the series opener on Sunday (Ricky pictured with his professional partner Robin Johnstone)

Ricky's routine left fans comparing him to former EastEnders star Todd Carty (pictured), who competed on the show in 2009 and became known for his extensive mishaps

Ricky’s routine left fans comparing him to former EastEnders star Todd Carty (pictured), who competed on the show in 2009 and became known for his extensive mishaps

Taking to Twitter, one person wrote: ‘It’s taken a fair few years… But Todd Carty has a challenger for the worst ever on Dancing On Ice. Ahahaha Ricky Hatton man.’

‘Ricky is the new Todd Carty,’ wrote someone else, while another viewer insisted: ‘Ricky is definitely this years Todd Carty.’

Someone else joked: ‘Ricky Hatton makes Todd Carty look like a professional.’

While another viewer asked: ‘Is anyone getting Todd Carty vibes from this?’

Someone else posted: ‘Well Ricky Hatton didn’t fall over… That’s about the only good thing I can say about his performance unfortunately.’

‘Ricky Hatton… Bless him. All he can do is the knee slide & press ups. 12.5 out of 40,’ wrote another viewer.

While someone else remarked: ‘Ricky Hatton on #DancingOnIce good grief. That was painful.’

Another person wrote: ‘Ricky Hatton & Robin That was as dreadful as I imagined. Painful to watch, please throw in the towel. So little skating.’

During his time on the show, Todd hurtled off the rink and straight out of the studio as he fought to stop himself falling to the ground

During his time on the show, Todd hurtled off the rink and straight out of the studio as he fought to stop himself falling to the ground

Skating alongside his partner Susie Lipanova, suddenly the former EastEnders actor lost his balance and flew down the tunnel and off stage, while Susie completed the routine alone (pictured)

Skating alongside his partner Susie Lipanova, suddenly the former EastEnders actor lost his balance and flew down the tunnel and off stage, while Susie completed the routine alone (pictured)

Ricky and his professional partner Robin are facing the first skate-off in next week's Dancing On Ice

Ricky and his professional partner Robin are facing the first skate-off in next week’s Dancing On Ice

He received 12.5 points from judges Jayne Torvill , Christopher Dean , Ashley Banjo and Oti Mabuse , leaving them placed at bottom of the leaderboard

He received 12.5 points from judges Jayne Torvill , Christopher Dean , Ashley Banjo and Oti Mabuse , leaving them placed at bottom of the leaderboard

And another viewer joked: ‘Going to vote for Ricky Hatton just to mess it up.’

Todd, who viewers compared Ricky to, lost his balance and found himself flying down the tunnel during his performance back in 2009.

Skating alongside his partner Susie Lipanova, suddenly the former EastEnders actor lost his balance and flew down the tunnel and off stage, while Susie completed the routine alone.

Judge Jason Gardiner said at the time: ‘Todd you’re like a derailed locomotion.’

Jason quipped: ‘I fear you’re going to leave this competition in a body bag, mate.’ 

Ricky and his professional partner Robin are facing the first skate-off in next week’s Dancing On Ice.

He received 12.5 points from judges Jayne Torvill, Christopher Dean, Ashley Banjo and Oti Mabuse, leaving them placed at bottom of the leaderboard. 

Former Coronation Street actor Ryan Thomas and partner Amani Fancy topped the leaderboard with 26.5 points from the judges.

Taking to Twitter, one person wrote: 'It's taken a fair few years... But Todd Carty has a challenger for the worst ever on Dancing On Ice'

Taking to Twitter, one person wrote: ‘It’s taken a fair few years… But Todd Carty has a challenger for the worst ever on Dancing On Ice’

Ryan did a pirouette move as he delivered an energetic performance to Kings of Leon’s Sex On Fire.

Hannah Spearritt took to the ice with her professional partner Andy Buchanan, performing to Break Free by Ariane Grande.

The former S Club 7 star was given a total of 19.5 out of a possible 40 points by the judges.

Judge Jaye Torvill said: ‘Well done for doing such difficult lifts.’

She added: ‘We need to see more of the basic skating. It is improving but you could do more.’

Hannah became emotional as she talked about her ‘treasured’ time as a singer in S Club 7 but said she’d had an extremely tough year following the death of her former bandmate Paul Cattermole.

Ahead of her performance, Hannah said: ‘Me and Paul grew up together and he was part of the band.

‘When Paul died it was hard. It’s been a challenging year. Things will never be the same again.’

Hannah Spearritt took to the ice with her professional partner Andy Buchanan, performing to Break Free by Ariane Grande

Hannah Spearritt took to the ice with her professional partner Andy Buchanan, performing to Break Free by Ariane Grande

Hannah became emotional as she talked about her time as a singer in S Club 7 and said she'd had an extremely tough year following the death of her former bandmate Paul Cattermole (Hannah and Paul pictured in 2005)

Hannah became emotional as she talked about her time as a singer in S Club 7 and said she’d had an extremely tough year following the death of her former bandmate Paul Cattermole (Hannah and Paul pictured in 2005)

Love Island winner and West End star Amber Davies received praise for a ‘beautiful’ performance as the show returned on Sunday.

Canadian skater Simon Senecal lifted Amber up in the air into a box split as they performed to Hold On To Now by Kylie Minogue on Sunday’s launch show on ITV1.

The pair received a score of 25 points from the judges.

Judge Jayne Torvill said: ‘I loved all the beautiful positions, I think that is the best spiral I’ve seen on the ice in a long time.’

Meanwhile, Emmerdale actress Roxy Shahidi was lifted into a helicopter move and was praised by judge Oti for a ‘beautiful sultry performance’ to You Don’t Own Me by Say Grace with French ice dancer Sylvain Longchambon.

The audience booed as Roxy and Sylvain were awarded a total of 20 points by the judges.

Former Coronation Street actor Ryan Thomas and partner Amani Fancy topped the leaderboard with 26.5 points from the judges

Former Coronation Street actor Ryan Thomas and partner Amani Fancy topped the leaderboard with 26.5 points from the judges

Ryan gave fans a glimpse at his preparations for Sunday's Dancing On Ice as he got a spray tan ahead of the show

Ryan gave fans a glimpse at his preparations for Sunday’s Dancing On Ice as he got a spray tan ahead of the show

Love Island winner and West End star Amber Davies received praise for a 'beautiful' performance as the show returned on Sunday

Love Island winner and West End star Amber Davies received praise for a ‘beautiful’ performance as the show returned on Sunday

Olympian Greg Rutherford was seen jumping across the rink as he skated to Queen’s Don’t Stop Me Now along with professional Vanessa James.

Judge Christopher Dean said his high jump was ‘amazing’ and praised his lift of James as he was scored a total of 24.5 points.

The return of Dancing On Ice also saw the comeback of Holly Willoughby to TV screens following her departure from This Morning in October after 14 years on the sofa.

The presenter, 42, has been hosting the ITV skating show since 2006 and is now co-hosting with Stephen Mulhern.

Holly worked decades ago with Mulhern on ITV Saturday morning children’s show Ministry Of Mayhem.

The return of Dancing On Ice also saw the comeback of Holly Willoughby to TV screens following her departure from This Morning in October (Holly pictured with her Dancing On Ice co-host Stephen Mulhern)

The return of Dancing On Ice also saw the comeback of Holly Willoughby to TV screens following her departure from This Morning in October (Holly pictured with her Dancing On Ice co-host Stephen Mulhern)

Stephen, 46, hosted Dancing On Ice briefly in 2022 after former host Phillip Schofield tested positive for Covid-19.

On Sunday, the series kicked off with an opening performance from the professional skaters and the introduction of the new celebrity contestants.

Holly, who wore a silver sparkly dress, said: ‘To the greatest show on ice, and let’s hear it for the amazing cast of 2024. Let me just say a huge welcome to Stephen Mulhern.’

Dancing On Ice continues on Sunday 21 January at 6.30pm o ITV1 and ITVX. 

DANCING ON ICE: MEET THE 2024 CONTESTANTS

RICKY HATTON

AGE: 44

PROFESSION: Former pro boxer

WHAT DID HE SAY? ‘If I can hold my nerve in the boxing ring I should be able to hold my nerve in the ice rink’

 

HANNAH SPEARRITT

AGE: 42

PROFESSION: SINGER

WHAT DID SHE SAY? ‘I’m really excited about learning a new skill. It’s so easy to live your comfortable life and that aspect of mixing things up is very appealing’

 

GREG RUTHERFORD 

AGE: 36

PROFESSION: Athlete 

WHAT DID HE SAY? ‘I like a challenge and I needed a reason to go out and do stuff again and here we are. I want to perform something that’s never been done before, that’s my aim.’

 

Eddie ‘The Eagle’ Edwards

AGE: 59

PROFESSION: OLYMPIC SKI JUMPER

WHAT DID HE SAY? ‘Dancing on Ice is a show I’ve always wanted to do. It’s a challenge I think I’m going to relish!’

 

RICKY NORWOOD

AGE: 40

PROFESSION: EastEnders star 

WHAT DID HE SAY? ‘It’s come at such a great time in life. I can’t skate at all! No rehearsals as yet, I’ve just had some physiotherapy to strengthen the body.’

 

RYAN THOMAS

AGE: 39

PROFESSION: Corrie star

WHAT DID HE SAY? ‘Everyone keeps asking me, “are you doing it?” I’ve told everyone!’ 

CLAIRE SWEENEY

AGE: 52

PROFESSION: ACTRESS

WHAT DID SHE SAY? ‘I am stepping into the unknown here. I don’t know how I will feel. But I am very excited.’

 

AMBER DAVIES

AGE: 26

PROFESSION: WEST END STAR

WHAT DID SHE SAY? ‘I would definitely say that I’m an adrenaline junkie but I do get more nervous as I get older and I hope that I can contain them’

 

MILES NAZAIRE

 AGE: 27

PROFESSION: REALITY STAR 

WHAT DID HE SAY? ‘I’ve always loved to dance but it’s usually on a dance floor on a Saturday night and Dancing on Ice looks so difficult.’

 

 LOU SANDERS

AGE: 37

PROFESSION: COMEDIAN

WHAT DID SHE SAY? ‘I’m nervous about cracking my head open, or just bashing the old head. I can’t afford to lose any more brain cells.’

 

ADELE ROBERTS 

AGE: 44

PROFESSION: RADIO PRESENTER

WHAT DID SHE SAY? ‘It’s ”bricking it on ice” for me! I think the hardest part is putting myself out there as I usually hide away’

 

 ROXY SHAHIDI

AGE: 40

PROFESSION: Emmerdale star 

WHAT DID SHE SAY? ‘I can’t ice-skate. I haven’t really said anything to anyone but mainly because I’m so nervous about it!’

 

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