Phillip Schofield warns Bez could be first celeb to wear helmet on live show
Bez hasn't appeared to get off to the greatest of starts on Dancing on Ice – if his recent horror fall is anything to go by that is.
The 57-year-old percussionist and dancer was shown in rehearsals cracking his head on the ice after his helmet had bounced off.
In an interview before the show's launch on Sunday (January 16), host Phillip Schofield aired his fears that Bez could be the first ever celeb to wear protective clothing on the launch programme of the series.
The host said: "I think we can honestly say that Bez this year is the first celebrity that we think is going to go out for the first time with headgear onto the ice."
Ice skating coach and judge Christopher Dean added: "When we first saw Bez at the – we call it the bootcamp when everybody comes for the first day and we can talk to them about what's going to happen, the process and their first sort of steps on the ice.
"Well, Bez's first steps on the ice were without skates because he’d been knocked unconscious from a boxing match that he’d been doing."
Chris continued: "He’s up for a challenge and I don't know whether he’s bitten off more than he can chew on this one but he's a lovely, lovely person.
"He’s taken it on as a real challenge for himself, but for safety, we've had to put him in a helmet."
Phillip chimed in: "He's just asked someone for bubble wrap to be wrapped around his head and his a**e.
"He's protecting his melon, man," quipped co-host Holly Willoughby.
Skating professional Chris went on: "I mean, there are some celebrities that you watch where you’re sort of clenching the sides of your seats hoping that they get to the end upright.
"But on the other side of that there are some amazing celebrities and this year I think is one of our best with the amount [of contestants] that are going to be really good.
"It's going to be a close competition between five or six of them out there so we’re really excited for this series."
Dancing on Ice kicks off this Sunday at 6:30pm on ITV – with new panel member Oti Mabuse making her debut on the judging panel.
The 31-year-old Strictly professional made the cast after John Barrowman was axed from the show after accusations were made that he'd repeatedly exposed himself on the set of Doctor Who.
Speaking about her new role, Oti said "more than an honour" to join the ice panel which includes – Ashley Banjo, Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean.
Dancing On Ice returns this Sunday, January 16 at 6.30pm on ITV and ITV Hub.
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