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Maura Higgins is officially taking part in Dancing On Ice. The Longford legend will get her skates on for the 2020 series of the popular reality show.

The news was confirmed on This Morning and it’s safe to say the Love Island star will be a huge hit with viewers.

Earlier in the year, it was reported that Amber Gill would take part but it looks like Maura pipped her to the post.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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A source told The Sun: "Dancing On Ice producers were always going to sign a Love Island star for next year’s series and they wanted a girl this time after having two guys in the past."  

It is believed Maura’s charming personality and witty humour won the producers over.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Dancing On Ice producers reportedly met with a number of Love Islanders, including Amber, before deciding to focus on Maura after ITV viewers fell in love with her honesty.

We are so excited to see how Maura does on the show.

 

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it looks like Joe Swash is about to get his skates on after Dancing On Ice teased the cast of 2020’s series.

The show posted a photo of Joe’s jacket with a gold star placed inside the pocket.

The image was captioned, “We've got stars in our eyes over this celeb… Or in our jacket pockets? #DancingOnIce”

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Fans were quick to identify the former EastEnders actor in the snap.

According to The Sun, Joe is eager to take on a new challenge after leaving I’m A Celebrity earlier this year.

A source said, “Joe's currently talking to Dancing On Ice bosses. It's no secret ITV love him and are keen to see him on the ice.

"He's looking for a new challenge after I'm A Celeb and he's sure to prove popular with viewers,” they added.

Joe decided to leave his presenting role on the popular show after partner Stacey gave birth to their baby boy Rex.

"I just couldn't be away from Rex for three months. I love the job. Honestly, it's like a part of me. I come out of EastEnders, and it's very difficult to be an actor coming out of it, and the jungle sort of opened up a whole world of opportunities with presenting and stuff like that.

"I owe the jungle everything and I'm so happy and pleased that the jungle stood by me for so long. But it will go on and it'll be amazing, it'll be really weird to watch it in England. I haven't spent a November in England for nearly 11 years. So it's going to be weird, but it'll be so nice to be around the family,” he explained.

Other rumoured celebrities include Love Island’s Amber Gill, Michelle Heaton and TV personality Michael Barrymore.

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Well, the awkwardness is about to hit a new high. According to reports, Love Island winner Amber Gill has secretly been replaced by Maura Higgins in the line-up for Dancing On Ice 2019.

Maura apparently won over ITV bosses, who were previously scouting Amber for the job. She was thought to be the frontrunner to take part, but now producers may have changed their minds.

A source told The Sun: "Dancing On Ice producers were always going to sign a Love Island star for next year’s series and they wanted a girl this time after having two guys in the past."  

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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"It was looking hopeful for Amber but Maura pipped her to the post with her sense of humour and personality."

Wes Nelson made it to the final of the show last year, while Kem Cetinay competed in 2018, so it wouldn't be the first time that a former Islander skated in the show.

Since Maura has left the villa, the star has landed a role as an agony aunt on This Morning, and secured a huge fashion deal with Boohoo alongside India Reynolds.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Dancing On Ice producers reportedly met with a number of Love Islanders, including Amber, before deciding to focus on Maura after ITV viewers fell in love with her honesty.

Amber is doing well with her aunt's Newcastle salon, and can charge a huge amount for a sponsored Instagram post, so she's not exactly the loser here after winning the cash prize on the show.

The Geordie beautician hit back at claims that she wasn't doing any business deals since leaving the show, compared to Molly-Mae Hague's huge clothing deal with PrettyLittleThing.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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"Sis, please don’t tell me you think I’m out here doing nothing," she wrote on Twitter to a fan. "I always do the most. Be patient!"

The news comes after numerous sources have claimed Greg O'Shea and Amber have secretly split after the distance between them became too difficult to manage.

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Winner of Love Island 2019 Amber Gill is heading to Limerick to visit Greg O'Shea this weekend, and we can't WAIT to have the Geordie on Irish shores.

The pair were crowned the winning couple after Greg had only entered the villa 12 days previously in a shock decision, beating favourites Molly Mae Hague and Tommy Fury in the process.

Gill will fly over to Ireland to spend the weekend with rugby player Greg, after he was spotted visiting Amber's family in Newcastle and surprising her with a huge birthday cake.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The charming Irishman received a massive homecoming when he arrived in Shannon airport last week following his big win, earning 25,000 pounds in the process.

The stunning beautician has since landed gigs with British Vogue, Loose Women and Dancing On Ice, and answered fan questions via Instagram about her 'lush' beau.

She said: "I'm going to see Greg this weekend. I'm going to fly over to Ireland and spend the weekend with him." When asked: "Is Greg as lush in real life?" Amber confirmed he's "10/10."

She said: "Greg, oh my god, he is lusher in real life he is so fit." *Swoons* He really is a keeper.

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The pair were spotted Facetiming after spending their third night apart since Greg's return home.

He told the MailOnline: “I asked her about fifty times to come home with me but she's so busy, everybody in Britain wants a bit of Amber, I'll get her over very soon.”

He made sure to mention that he only has eyes for the 22-year-old beauty.

“I definitely will be faithful, I've always been a one woman kind of guy and Amber is a great girl.

“I’m lucky to come out with her so I can't wait to get her over here to meet my family and friends. To use the Love Island phrase, all my eggs are in Amber's basket right now, I'm only looking at her.”

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Ex Love Island stars Arabella Chi and Wes Nelson have confirmed their romance after they were spotted getting cosy together on a Manchester night out.

The duo were pictured getting close while out clubbing, with photos showing the couple heading off to the Malmaison hotel on Thursday morning.

The pair went on low-key date to the cinema today, making their fling official. Rumours of 21-year-old Wes, from the 2018 show, and 28-year-old Arabella first swirled at the end of July.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The pair went on a romantic pizza date together back then, and new images obtained by The Sun show the couple walking hand-in-hand. It's almost as if they wanted to be pictured together, eh?

The model reunited with Wes when she returned from a work trip to Mallorca. The couple were later seen kissing at the table, and have been seeing each other ever since.

Arabella was voted out of the villa this year after only three days after catching the attention of 24-year-old model Danny Williams, who was coupled up with Yewande Biala.

Danny ended up dumping Yewande for the blonde bombshell, but she was voted off the next day by the public and her fellow housemates. Danny has since started another romance with Jourdan Riane

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Wes coupled up with Megan Barton-Hanson in the 2018 series and the pair went on to date for six months before their bitter split over Dancing on Ice cheating allegations.

Arabella and Wes's relationship status comes as Megan appears Celebs Go Dating, getting emotional over her break-up with her Wes.

Megan said that she felt "embarrassed and betrayed" after finding out that he was sexting Love Island winner Amber Davies. Time will tell whether this is just another fling for Arabella and Wes.

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We've barely even had the chance to relax since Love Island ended, but now we're about to see the winner appear on another reality show in 2020.

Amber Gill has reportedly signed up for the next series of Dancing On Ice.

The 21-year-old Geordie won the ITV show with Limerick charmer Greg O'Shea, and has been one of the fan favourites since series five began.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Before the charming rugby player swept her off her feet, the beautician had her heart broken by Michael Griffiths after his head was turned during the Casa Amor segment.

Despite choosing Joanna Chimonides, he later came crawling back to Amber but she decided to couple up with Greg and later won the £50,000 prize.

Amber has already landed her next big TV gig by taking part in the ITV ice skating show, according to The Sun.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Ex-Islanders Kem Cetinay and Wes Nelson appeared on the programme before, so she won't be the first cast member to keep up her reality roots.

A source told The Sun: "The Dancing On Ice casting team are delighted with the decision to snap up Amber.

"Love Island contestants always do really well on the series as they are still fresh in everyone’s minds." Her 'gutsy' personality would make for good viewing.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The show returns in January, and Amber will start rehearsing later this year. Some are predicting that her romance with Greg won't last long enough for him to be in the audience at the live shows.

Islander Anton Danyluk recently admitted that he thought Greg was "too nice" for Amber, and that they'd be the first couple to split up.

An ITV spokesperson told Mirror Online that it was "too early to confirm" any of the participants for the 2020 series of Dancing on Ice.

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Megan Barton-Hanson has spoken out to discuss the comparative comments made between her and Vanessa Baeur following her split from Wes Nelson. 

Megan began dating Wes following their stint on last summer's season of Love Island. Wes was then cast on Dancing On Ice, where we was partnered up with Vanessa Baeur, a professional figure skater. 

While Wes was on the show, he and Megan split, with many believing that Megan was not happy with Vanessa and Wes' budding friendship, after Megan posted to Instagram to chastise her for never introducing herself to Megan.  

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Speaking at The GLAMOUR Beauty Festival 2019, she discussed how hurt she had felt, after fans of both Love Island and Dancing On Ice made comparisons between Megan and Vanessa. 

'I think a big thing was his Dancing On Ice partner. She is so the polar opposite to me, I've got a very womanly figure and I have curves, I don't go to the gym,' she said.

'She's very toned and athletic and natural and people are like: 'see that's who he deserves, a real natural person'.'

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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However, she does not believe that she and Wes ended based on anything as superficial as looks. 

'I think Wes is, was, deeper than that. It's not about the outside shell…it's about the person you are in love with so I just have to put that to one side and you can't please everyone.'

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Megan also detailed how her new found fame does not make her immune to the hurtful comments:

'I'm not going to lie, it hurts, I'm human. Just because I have a blue tick next to my name and on a show for a couple of weeks, it doesn't make me invincible, it still hurts.' 

'Everyone will have their own opinion. Only me and him know what actually happened'

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Wes Nelson has quashed any rumours that he and ex-girlfriend Megan Barton-Hanson are making an attempt to get back together. 

He did, however, reveal that they are now on civil terms, where as previously the split was marred with negativity from both parties. 

We’re still separated and we’re not back together. We’ve spoken since, but not in that way,' Wes told new! magazine.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Speaking of their current status, he added: 'We’re on civil terms – before, it was not civil.'

Wes also discussed his feelings following the break up, and spoke of feeling embarrassed after her publicly got emotional about the break up on an episode of Dancing On Ice. 

'It’s had a huge impact. Now that I’m a reality TV star it’s annoying that people don't see you as a real person. Twelve months ago, I was a nuclear design engineer and now I’m going through a breakup – that’s a normal thing for a 20-year-old lad.'

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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'Just because I’ve been on a TV show, it doesn’t mean my feelings aren’t real. I’m not doing anything for a publicity stunt, it’s just genuinely upsetting.'

'That’s why I was embarrassed to cry, because I didn’t want people to think, ‘he wants the sympathy vote.’'

Megan has not recently commented on the split, but did say that comments made on social media which compared her physically to Wes' DOI dance partner Vanessa Bauer we're extremely hurtful. 

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The Love Island couples are breaking everyone's hearts at the moment with what feels like CONSTANT break-ups, one after another.

A string of break-ups in quick succession from Megan Barton Hanson and Wes Nelson,  Josh Denzel and Kaz Crossley , and even winners Jack and Dani had brief split back in December. News has just broken that Zara McDermott and Adam Collard have parted ways.

Zara posted a heartfelt message to her Instagram which expressed how she felt she wasn't enough for her former boyfriend, writing;

"I am heartbroken to announce that Adam and I have parted ways,' she wrote. "I love him very much and will always have a special place in my heart for him & our time spent together. I have tried so hard to be the best person I can possibly be and to make it work."

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The couple reportedly decided to break up following Adam's party-boy ways since the show ended.

McDermott finished the emotional statement by saying; "Sometimes in life, you just aren't enough for someone, no matter what you do for them or how much you try to be. For everyone asking if I am okay, I dont know that I am. But I know that soon I will be."

Dani Dyer and Jack Fincham are now officially the last pair standing.

Now the viewers are speculating that the ITV reality show implore the couples to sign a 'six-month contact' which prevents them from breaking up until at least six months after the show ends.

It was recently reported that series champs Dani Dyer and Jack Fincham had called time on their relationship in December, but reunited just a few days later. Many people believed back then that it was all a publicity stunt to gain more attention…

It was then alleged a few days ago that the pair had taken a break following Jack's admission that he took a class A drug on nights out with friends, only for them to show PDA after Dani's return from Tanzania. 

Josh Denzel and Kaz Crossley split earlier this month, despite Kaz insisting she "still loves" 26-year-old Josh. Suspish.

Megan Barton Hanson split with Wes Nelson following his introduction to Dancing On Ice partner Vanessa Bauer. It was claimed that Hanson was jealous at how much time Wes was spending with his partner, and tensions rose.

The pair released a statement after ending their seven-month relationship, even using the famous phrase 'consciously uncoupling' and announcing that they would co-parent their hamster. (GAS)

However, fans are calling bullsh*t, insisting that the entire thing is a hoax. Especially since Megan showed up to Dancing on Ice that same evening.

 One social media user wrote;

"Does Love Island  have a contract with the couples that they have to stay together for six months after the show ends? They're all breaking up this month…"

Hmmm, we need to get our detective hats on for this one, because something fishy is 100 percent afoot.

Another fan of the show commented that suddenly, their jobs just HAPPEN to get in the way of their romance:

Kaz Crossley spoke about her split on Monday's Capital Breakfast Show, she shut down rumours that her and Josh's romance was fake: "Basically when we met each other on the show everything was so perfect."

She confessed: "I definitely was in love. Definitely. I'm still in love. We still have a lot of love for each other."

Yet the online speculations keeps gaining heat, seeing as boyfriends are being dropped "like flies" according to one Twitter fan:

What do you think of the conspiracy theory?

We have to admit, the whole thing is pretty believable. Yet… the show's runners-up, Laura Anderson and Paul Knops, split up WITHIN the six month limit:

Laura rubbished accusations that her relationship was false, telling people to be "more kind" considering "Love Island relationships are REAL."

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The show is essentially an eight-week summer sunshine binge, and we all want to believe that it's all real but let's be honest: it ain't so.

Do we think that the couples are contractually obliged to stay together when the show ends?

We may never know the answer to this INCREDIBLY important question, but we've contact the FBI, MI5 and CIA to get on the case. We need answers, people.

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This year's season of Dancing On Ice has heavily focused on the relationship between professional figure skater Vanessa Bauer and her skating partner Wes Nelson, following a post made about Vanessa by Wes' girlfriend Megan Barton-Hanson, and Megan and Wes' subsequent break up.

The 21-year-old's Instagram is mostly dedicated to her behind the scenes antics, and sharing words of pride about her skating. 

However, Vanessa just opened up further about the pressures she felt growing up, and how certain comments, combined with her circumstances, saw her fall prey to a destructive eating disorder. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Sharing a gorgeous picture of herself posing in underwear, she wrote: 'Before I started shows I would have never thought I’d be comfortable in front of the camera in a bikini or much less in underwear!'

'Every day I was told I am too fat (which I wasn’t!) and it did nothing but making my confidence shrink into nothing! At 13, when my skating career started to take off, circumstances, comments and many voices made me fall into a combination of eating disorders.'

'Completely ASHAMED and always wanting to be the best in everything I did, I hid my struggles – for 4 years.' Appearing as the strong Vanessa nobody would have EVER thought of my mental health issues. 4 years later, I could not handle the pressure anymore. I fell into depressions on top of my eating disorders.'

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Vanessa explained that her skating coach did not want to help her, nor was she offered any support:  'My coach found out about my MENTAL HEALTH SITUATION and didn’t want to have anything to do with the girl who ended up in psychological therapy !! It was the most devastating years of my life but I still managed to hide the whole situation from everybody around me,' she continued. 

'I CONTINUED TO EXCEL at school and appeared STRONG until nobody was around. I had my therapist to vent and that was it. I thought I FAILED and it was my very own fault that I got these mental health issues.'

I was embarrassed at myself and thought these years were a period I will always have to hide because it shows a WEAK SIDE of me.'

However, the skater concluded that she knew her true love in life was skating, and she needed to be healthy and well to keep that as a part of her life. 

She added: 'I have fallen in love with taking care of my body and I'm still working on my mind.'

'If you are struggling SEEK HELP. Admitting, accepting and sharing are the first steps to recovery. You're not alone.'

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Megan Barton-Hanson has been painted the villain following her break up with Love Island co-inhabitant Wes Nelson. 

With headlines speculating whether or not the model had 'kidnapped' the couple's pet hamster, to that now infamous Instagram story directed at Wes' Dancing On Ice dance partner, things have not been so great for the reality TV alum.

Megan has been vocal about her feelings following the break up, expressing her feelings of anxiety after the very public demise of the relationship. She has now spoken to OK! about the reasons for their end: 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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'Our ambitions and goals in life are very different – Wes is younger than me and wrapped up in the fame bubble,' she explained to the mag.

'But I still love him, which is why it hurts so much.'

'I fought and fought and fought for Wes but he doesn’t love me back.'

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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 She also expressed her annoyance at the producers of Dancing On Ice.

'The fact that the producers deliberately stirred things up by partnering Wes with the youngest, hottest girl annoyed me,' Megan said.

Like we all do, Megan hit the tiles last weekend after her break up with fellow Love Island star and gorge single gal Samira Mighty.  

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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According to a source, Meg's night out has distracted Wes from his DOI commitments. 

'Just when he thought it would get easier after the drama with Vanessa Bauer ended, he’s been faced with watching Megan go out and enjoy herself,' the source told The Sun. 

'He’s been keeping himself distracted with his mates, but friends fear his skating might have suffered this week.'

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Gemma Collins made a major impression on Hollyhwood hunk Chris Pratt during her time on TOWIE and Big Brother. 

In an interview with Glamour, the actor said he knew of the reality TV queen, saying:

;The GC, she’s a real star, I love that show. I watched it when I was out here shooting years ago. I got hooked on it.'

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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He also said he was a big fan, admitting: 'I’d be a little star struck if I met Gemma.'

The journalist interviewing Pratt asked the actor if he knew of Gemma's now notorious faceplant on lat week's Dancing On Ice.

Not having heard of the show, he expressed his concern: 'Stop! And she fell hard? Did she hurt herself? Is she ok?” he asked.

'Oh Gemma, I’m sorry darling.'

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Gemma was delighted with Chris' comments, posting a video of the interview to her Instagram page.

Taking the message as a birthday wish, she wrote: She posted: 'Wow my birthday dreams have come TRUE'

'@prattprattpratt thank you for your lovely messages and I’ve got you 2 tickets to come and see me on @dancingonice.'

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