'Dancing On Ice': Rachel Stevens will not skate this week due to injury
Rachel Stevens will not be able to make her Dancing On Ice debut this weekend after being injured in training.
The former S Club 7 star — who was due to skate for the first time in Sunday's show — fell on the ice during rehearsals and is believed to have fractured her wrist.
A spokesperson for the show said: "Due to an injury sustained in training and on the expert advice from the Dancing on Ice medical professionals, Rachel Stevens will not skate in this Sunday's show. We look forward to her returning to the show next weekend."
Stevens, 43, made her name with pop group S Club 7 and went on to have a successful solo career.
This week will see rugby player Ben Foden, The Vamps singer Connor Ball, Love Island star Liberty Poole, Paul Gascoigne's son Regan and Paralympic athlete Stef Reid make their debut on the ITV skating show.
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The contestant with the lowest score following the public vote will then face TV presenter Ria Hebden, 39, and partner Lukasz Rozycki in the skate-off.
Happy Mondays star Bez has already announced he will not be able to attend this week's show after testing positive for COVID-19.
The musician — who made history as the first ever celebrity contestant on the ITV show to compete wearing a crash helmet on Sunday night's show — is self-isolating at home.
Bez said he is "gutted" to be missing the show.
Last year Dancing On Ice featured a record number of celebrity drop-outs due to injury and illness.
Actor Denise Van Outen, TOWIE star Billie Shepherd and musician Jason Donovan were all forced to pull out due to injury, while pro skater Yebin Mok had to drop out before the series began when celebrity partner Graham Bell accidentally stabbed her in the leg with his skate during training.
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Pro skater Hamish Gaman, who had partnered Faye Brookes, also had to quit over a finger injury.
And comedian Rufus Hound and soap actor Joe-Warren Plant both had to pull out after testing positive for coronavirus.
Watch: Rachel Stevens answer S Club 7 trivia