Singer Chesney Hawkes has quit the ITV reality show, Dancing On Ice after sustaining an injury to his leg whilst training for the current series.
The popstar was practising basic skating steps with professional partner Jodeyne Higgins when he took a tumble suffering a severe ankle sprain and fractured fibula.
Hospital medics and the Dancing On Ice physio have ruled him out of the competition.
Chesney said: “I am gutted not to be taking part in Dancing On Ice. I was having a brilliant time and couldn’t wait to finally be skating live on national TV! It wasn’t even a spectacular fall, it was a slight stumble as I practiced with my skating partner. I think my children are the most disappointed they were so excited at the prospect of watching me skate. I’m determined to be back on the ice, I might not be able to appear in this series but hoping I will be able to appear in the show next year!”
Former X Factor contestant Chico Slimani, who made it to the quarter finals of the 2005 series, will be taking Chesney’s place on the new series.
Chico said: “Whilst I’m really excited about being part of the new series of Dancing On Ice it’s not necessarily in the best of circumstances. I wish Chesney all the best and a speedy recovery. I will not just be skating for myself I will be skating for Chesney as well and do him proud.”
The new series of Dancing On Ice, presented by Phillip Schofield and Christine Bleakley, starts on Sunday 8th January at 6.30pm on ITV1 and ITV1 HD.