Dancing On Ice’s Kem Cetinay: ‘I’m worried about the lifts!’

Kem Cetinay

by Emma Dodds |
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Love Island 2017 winner Kem Cetinay is one of 12 celebrities taking part in Dancing On Ice when it returns to our screens on Sunday. But there are some aspects he's still worried about...

Kem, 21, has had a massive year. The reality star went from being a normal bloke with a steady job as a barber in Essex to being one of the most recognised faces on British telly in the space of just six months.

But Kem has embraced the huge change of lifestyle, and was one of the first participants to be announced for the newest series of Dancing On Ice, which is returning to our screens on Sunday (7th) after four years off-air.

GALLERY: All 12 celebrities taking part in Dancing On Ice 2018


Dancing On Ice 2018 line-up (Closer) - slider, short

Brooke Vincent1 of 13
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Brooke Vincent

The first Dancing on Ice contestant has been confirmed and it's none other than Coronation Street star… Brooke Vincent! She revealed she's taking part because she "loves a challenge and ice-skating is an amazing skill".

Cheryl Baker2 of 13
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Cheryl Baker

TV presenter Cheryl Baker has CONFIRMED her place on the next series of Dancing On Ice!

Kem Cetinay3 of 13
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Kem Cetinay

Kem, 21, appeared on reality show Love Island earlier this year, and has already become a massive star thanks to his friendship with co-star Chris Hughes, who was embroiled in a heated argument with Katie Price.

Candice Brown4 of 13
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Candice Brown

Candice, who won The Great British Bake Off 2016, will appear as a contestant on the ice skating talent show.

Max Evans5 of 13
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Max Evans

Max, along with Candice, was confirmed to appear on the show on Chris Evans' BBC Radio Two show.

Jake Quickenden6 of 13
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Jake Quickenden

Jake, who appeared on the singing show in both 2012 and 2014, was confirmed on Lorraine. He said: "I'm terrified. I had my first training session yesterday - I was freezing! Ice is cold!"

Monty Panesar7 of 13
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Monty Panesar

Speaking on BBC Radio Five Live, Monty announced his signing to the show as the seventh celeb. leave the show

Lemar Obika8 of 13
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Lemar Obika

Due to Monty's injury, Lemar has stepped in as a back-up to take part in Dancing On Ice 2018. He's been rehearsing in secret just in case anyone seriously injured themselves, and now he's stepped up to the plate.

Alex Beresford9 of 13
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Alex Beresford

Alex confirmed his appearance after he presented a weather segment on Good Morning Britain.

Donna Air10 of 13
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Donna Air

Donna, 38, who once dated James Middleton - brother of Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, previously appeared on Splash!, a show fronted by Tom Daly which saw celebs learn how to dive.

Perri Shakes-Drayton11 of 13
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Perri Shakes-Drayton

Perri, 28, who competed as a sprinter in the 2012 London Olympics, confirmed her appearance in an interview on BBC Radio 1Xtra.

Antony Cotton12 of 13
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Antony Cotton

Coronation Street fans, you're definitely going to enjoy the newest series of Dancing on Ice because the show is now home to TWO Weatherfield residents!

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Stephanie Waring

Stephanie, 39, confirmed that she was the last celebrity to sign up to the show which is due to air in January next year.

However, despite the show's opening episode being just five days away now, Kem has admitted to heat Magazine that there are certain aspects of the show that still make him wracked with nerves.

Kem said: "I’m worried about the lifts. All the other blokes are way over six foot, but when I pick up Alex, my professional skating partner, she’s still in front of my face. I’m only 5ft 10!"

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But Kem isn't bothered about his height in general, adding: "I’m not self-conscious about my height, I’ve just always wanted to be taller. But it’s never stopped me with girls."

Well of COURSE that's the main thing he's worried about!

Kem Cetinay
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But the TV star is taking his practise very seriously - even getting up in the middle of the night!

"My mum keeps hearing these thuds at about 4am, so comes into my room and I’m up and doing stretches and lunges in my sleep," he laughed.

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"It’s so weird, but I’m constantly thinking about skating. I was really demoralised at first as the other celebs picked it up really fast. I still can’t even touch my toes.

"But I’ve become a bit obsessive about it. I had a month’s training before I met Alex and was supposed to be able to skate backwards and do turns, so when she first came to training she had her head in her hands when she saw I could hardly stand up!"

WATCH: Kem and Chris play a game of Little Bit Leave it with heatworld!

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He's not letting it get the better of him though, and determinedly added: "But I’m getting better, and I’m putting the Kem touch on my routines."

We cannot WAIT to see what the Kem touch consists of!

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