‘Don’t take risks right away!’ Joey Essex sustains first injury from Dancing On Ice this year as he slits his finger during rehearsals and says he’s ‘lucky’ he still has it
Joey Essex has suffered the first injury in this year’s Dancing On Ice series after cutting his finger open during rehearsals.
The former TOWIE star, 32, is among the group of celebrities who are currently polishing their skating skills ahead of the live shows.
Joey took to Instagram on Thursday and shared snaps of his finger wrapped in a thick bandage and plaster.
Ouch: Joey Essex has suffered the first injury from this year’s Dancing On Ice series after cutting his finger open during rehearsals
The star, who also appeared to have bloodstains on his hand, wrote: “Respect the ice, or the ice won’t respect you… Day 2.”
Joey also uploaded a video to his Instagram Stories saying, “I got a metal finger, I’m lucky I still have the finger to be honest.
‘You live and learn. If you’re ever going to be a dancer on the ice, don’t take any chances right 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 wrapped in a thick bandage and plaster
The reality star shared how he would appear in the 2013 series, but had been “too immature” and “messy” during a rehearsal.
He joined Dermot O’Leary and Alison Hammond in the studio and 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 one is more serious… like SAS: Who Dares Wins.
Dancing On Ice 2023: Joey was revealed as the seventh star to sign up for the hit show – revealing he was rejected by producers in 2013 for ‘rumbling’ at a rehearsal
Coming soon: Along with 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 on a dance rink, I’m not the best skater. I may have done it when I was 11 or 12, but nothing real.
“It’s scary, it’s a competition, I did The Jump, something similar to… well I won it, but I don’t know how.
“This is one of those shows that I watch and think winning would be a bonus, I’m going to put all my energy into it.
He added: ‘I used to go to foam parties on a dance track, I’m not the best skater. I may have done it when I was 11 or 12, but nothing good’
“When I came out of the jungle in 2013, we met producers, I went out on the ice, but I was a little immature and messed around and it wasn’t right for me and the producers knew it too, but at this time of my life I am ready.
“I’m already training… well, not for the ice, but in the gym. Running.’
Other stars participating include actress Patsy Palmer, Coronation Street star Mollie Gallagher and RuPaul’s Drag Race star The Vivienne.
DANCING ON ICE 2023: MEET THE PARTICIPANTS
PROFESSION: Actress and DJ
WHAT DID THEY SAY?: “I turned it down before because I was terrified, but when I turned 50, I made a pact to get out of my confrontation zone. ‘
PROFESSION: Love Island star
WHAT DID THEY SAY?: ‘I have great news to tell. I’m so excited, can’t wait to get myself on the ice and skate. Stay tuned and see you on the ice.”
WHAT DID THEY SAY?: “I don’t have the best coordination, so when people find out, they’ll laugh, but I don’t want to spend my whole life saying, ‘I can’t do this, I can’t do that.’
PROFESSION: Ex TOWIE star
WHAT DID THEY SAY?: ‘I am so delighted. I wanted something in my life with structure and it’s more serious than what I usually do.’
PROFESSION: Actress and West End Star
WHAT DID THEY SAY?: ‘I’m so excited to learn to dance…on ice! I’m terrified, but can’t wait – I just want to make the most of this whole experience.”
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.”
PROFESSION: Former footballer and expert
WHAT DID THEY SAY?: “I’m definitely in to win it. And this might be one of the scariest things I’ve ever signed up for, but I couldn’t be more ready for the challenge!”
PROFESSION: Olympic gymnast
WHAT DID THEY SAY?: “I haven’t skated much, but I’m so excited about this opportunity. I’m so excited to get into that routine and feel like an athlete again.”
JAMES LEE WILLIAM AKA DE VIVIENNE
PROFESSION: drag queen
WHAT DID THEY SAY?: “To be the first drag artist to take part in one of the major UK reality competition shows is an honor and a big step forward for queer representation on TV.”
WHAT DID THEY SAY?: ‘I have huge feet, I don’t skate and I can’t dance’. My family has already bet – they bet I fall in the first episode!’
WHAT DID THEY SAY?: “I’ve always wanted to do it, but I know I could never have completed anything because of the way I was 18 months ago, so I’m really, really grateful to have gotten it this year when I’m a lot stronger.”