Olympian Amy Tinkler announced as Denise van Outen’s Dancing on Ice replacement after she quits show

Olympian Amy Tinkler announced as Denise van Outen’s Dancing on Ice replacement after she quits show


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Olympian Amy Tinkler has been announced as Denise van Outen’s replacement on Dancing on Ice.

Denise, 46, has been forced to quit the ITV skating competition after she dislocated her shoulder and suffered three bone fractures during an accident in training for her skating debut.

Shortly after Denise announced the sad news of her and skating partner Matt Evers’ departure from the ice rink, Dancing on Ice, which has also seen Rufus Hound temporarily pull out after he came into contact with Covid-19, were quick to announce who will be stepping into her skates.

As they posted a snap of Amy, 21, on their official Instagram page, Dancing on Ice wrote alongside the stunning photo of the blonde: “Olympic gymnast @amytinkler and her pro-skater partner @joejohnsonice will be joining the Dancing on Ice line up from this weekend after Denise Van Outen and Matt Evers have had to withdraw from the competition due to Denise’s injury.”

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Amy re-shared Dancing on Ice’s post on her own Instagram story and wrote below: “I AM SO EXCITED!!!!!”

The gymnast later posted a photo of her in a stunning black and gold studded dancing outfit while stood next to her skating partner Joe Johnson in a dressing room as she shared the news with her 56,000 followers.

She wrote alongside the image: “For the past 3 months Joe and I have been working super hard as the reserve team for @dancingonice and we’re super excited to say we will be in the show on Sunday!

“We want to wish @vanouten_denise a very speedy recovery, you have been so kind to us and we wish you all the best” followed by a red heart emoji.

Amy then added: “I can’t wait to show you all what we can do!

“Thank you Joe for being the most amazing partner, you’re the best! Lots of love”.

The announcement was met with excitement for Amy in her upcoming appearance on the show, which launched on Sunday 17 January.

One wrote: “Brilliant! Good luck” followed by a kiss emoji. As another said: “congrats !! best of luck”.

While a third said: “Omg that’s great news Amy” followed by a series of heart eye emojis.

It comes after The Only Way Is Essex voiceover star Denise said she was “gutted” to have to leave the show.

She unveiled her decision on Instagram as she posted a photo of her and professional partner Matt Evers and wrote: “GUTTED! If you've been watching @dancingonice you will be aware that just over a week ago I had a nasty fall and injured my shoulder.

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“I managed to skate my first dance with @themattevers on the live show through a gritted smile because the pain was unbearable.

“I’ve tried as hard as I can to carry on because I love the show and the amazing team in front and behind the cameras.

“Initially we thought with rest I could make a return to the ice, but a recent MRI scan has shown that I have 3 bone fractures as well as a partial dislocation. OUCH! No wonder I’ve been in agony.

“I won't be able to do any lifts, tricks or solo skating on the show due to my injury. I'm going to bail out gracefully with my DOI bling sling.”

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