Joey Essex slices finger open in rehearsals for Dancing On Ice

‘Don’t take risks straight away!’ Joey Essex sustains first injury of this year’s Dancing On Ice as he slices his finger open during rehearsals and says he is ‘lucky’ to still have it

Joey Essex has sustained the first injury of this year’s series of Dancing On Ice after he sliced open his finger during rehearsals.

The former TOWIE star, 32, is among the crop of celebrities who are currently brushing up on their skating skills ahead of the live shows.

Joey took to Instagram on Thursday and shared snaps of his finger which was wrapped in a thick bandage and plaster.

Ouch: Joey Essex has sustained the first injury of this year’s series of Dancing On Ice after he sliced open his finger during rehearsals

The star, who also appeared to have blood stains on his hand, wrote: ‘Respect the ice, otherwise the ice will not respect you… Day 2’.

Joey also uploaded a video to his Instagram Stories and said: ‘I’ve ended up with a metal finger, I’m lucky to still have the finger to be honest.

‘You live and learn. If you are ever going to be a dancer on the ice, don’t take risks straight away. Go slow. It’s all about patience.’

Joey announced on This Morning last week that he had joined the cast of the ITV show alongside Ekin-Su Culculoglu, The Wanted’s Siva Kaneswaren and Michelle Heaton.

Injury: Joey took to Instagram on Thursday and shared snaps of his finger which was wrapped in a thick bandage and plaster

The reality star told how he had been set to appear in the 2013 series but had been ‘too immature’ and ‘messing around’ during a rehearsal. 

Joining Dermot O’Leary and Alison Hammond in the studio, he said: ‘I’m so excited. I wanted something in my life with structure and it’s more serious than what I usually do. 

‘I’ve done all the dating shows in the world but this is more serious… like SAS: Who Dares Wins. 

Dancing On Ice 2023: Joey was unveiled as the seventh star to sign up for the hit show – revealing he was turned down by producers in 2013 for ‘messing around’ in a rehearsal

Coming soon: Joining Dermot O’Leary and Alison Hammond in the studio, he said: ‘I wanted something in my life with structure and it’s more serious than what I usually do’

‘I used to go to foam parties in a dancing rink, I’m not the best skater. I did it maybe when I was 11 or 12 but nothing proper. 

‘It’s scary, it’s a competition, I’ve done The Jump which is similar sort of… well I won it but I don’t know how.

‘This is one of them shows I’m looking at thinking winning would be a bonus, I’m gonna put all my energy into it.

He added: ‘I used to go to foam parties in a dancing rink, I’m not the best skater. I did it maybe when I was 11 or 12 but nothing proper’ 

‘When I came out of the jungle in 2013, we met with producers, I went on the ice but I was a little bit immature and was messing around and it wasn’t right for me and the producers knew too but at this time of my life I’m ready. 

‘I’m already in training now… well not for the ice but in the gym. Doing the running.’

Other stars taking part include actress Patsy Palmer, Coronation Street star Mollie Gallagher and RuPaul’s Drag Race star The Vivienne. 

DANCING ON ICE 2023: MEET THE CONTESTANTS

PATSY PALMER 

AGE: 50

PROFESSION: Actress and DJ

WHAT DID THEY SAY?:  ‘I’ve turned it down before because I was terrified, but when I turned 50 I made a pact to get out of my confront zone. ‘

EKIN-SU CULCULOGLU

AGE: 28

PROFESSION: Love Island star 

WHAT DID THEY SAY?:  ‘I’ve got some amazing news to tell you. I’m so excited, I can’t wait to get myself on the ice and skate. Stay tuned and see you on the ice.’

 MOLLIE GALLAGHER 

AGE: 24

PROFESSION: Actress

WHAT DID THEY SAY?: ‘I’ve not got the best coordination so when people find out they will laugh, but I don’t want to spend my life saying “I can’t do this, I can’t do that.”

JOEY ESSEX

AGE: 32 

PROFESSION: Ex TOWIE star

WHAT DID THEY SAY?: ‘I’m so excited. I wanted something in my life with structure and it’s more serious than what I usually do.’

 CARLEY STENSON

AGE: 36

PROFESSION: Actress and West End star

WHAT DID THEY SAY?: ‘I’m so excited that I get to learn how to dance…on ice! I’m terrified but can’t wait – I just want to make the most of this whole experience.’

SIVA KANESWARAN

AGE: 33

PROFESSION: Singer

WHAT DID THEY SAY?: ‘I want to learn how to skate and make my family proud of me and put on a show for everyone to see.’

 JOHN FASHANU 

AGE: 60

PROFESSION: Former footballer and pundit 

WHAT DID THEY SAY?:  ‘I am definitely in it to win it.And this may be one of the scariest things I’ve ever signed up for but I couldn’t be more ready for the challenge!’

NILE WILSON

AGE: 26

PROFESSION: Olympic gymnast 

WHAT DID THEY SAY?: ‘I’ve not done much ice-skating but I am so excited for the opportunity. I’m so excited to get into that routine and to feel like an athlete again.’

 JAMES LEE WILLIAM AKA THE VIVIENNE 

AGE: 29

PROFESSION: Drag queen

WHAT DID THEY SAY?: ‘To be the first drag artist to take part in one of the big UK reality competition shows is an honour and a big step forward for queer representation on TV.’

  DARREN HARRIOT 

PROFESSION: Comedian 

AGE: 34 

WHAT DID THEY SAY?: ‘I’ve got giant feet, I don’t skate and I can’t danceMy family has already made bets – they’re making bets that I’ll fall on the first episode!’ 

 MICHELLE HEATON

AGE: 43

PROFESSION: Singer

WHAT DID THEY SAY?: ‘I’ve always wanted to do it but I know I would never have been able to complete anything because of the way I was 18 months ago, so I’m really truly grateful that I’ve got it this year when I’m a lot stronger.’

 

Source: Read Full Article