TOWIE star Joey Essex confirmed as seventh contestant for Dancing on Ice

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    TOWIE star Joey Essex has been confirmed as the seventh celebrity taking part in the 2023 series of Dancing on Ice.

    Presenters Alison Hammond and Dermot O'Leary announced the news on Friday's instalment of This Morning.

    Speaking to the duo, the 32-year-old admitted he's done "all the dating shows in the world" and is ready to take part in something "more serious."

    When asked about his skating experience, Joey admitted he's "not the best skater," but admitted he used to skate a little when he was younger.

    The star has found incredible success in reality competitions, making it to the final four in I'm A Celebrity and being crowned champion of The Jump in 2015.

    Speaking about winning the jump, Joey said: "I don't know how I won that!

    "But this is one of them shows that winning would be a bonus. I would love to win. I'm going to put all my energy into this!," he added.

    Alison questioned whether Joey tried to sign up for Dancing on Ice in previous years but was "turned down".

    He responded: "When I came out of the jungle in 2013, I met the producers and went on the ice. I think I was just messing about. I was probably a bit more immature back then but I like to say I've matured. I've grown up.

    "Back then it probably wouldn't have been right for me, personally, and I believe that and I think the producers knew that as well."

    Joey went on to say that he is "so ready" for the show, adding that he is prepared for the commitment and will no doubt give it his all.

    Addressing the Dancing on Ice curse, Joey exclaimed: "I want to be cursed! I am super single," but assured: "I'm here to fall in love with the ice."

    The reality star will be joining the likes of Love Island winner Ekin-Su Cülcüloğlu, former EastEnders actress and DJ Patsy Palmer, football legend Josh Fashanu, Coronation Street star Mollie Gallagher and winner of RuPaul's Drag Race UK, The Vivienne.

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