Dancing on Ice’s Bez forced to wear safety gear on launch night in show first

NINETIES icon Bez has been such a disaster in training Dancing on Ice bosses are making him wear a helmet when he performs on Sunday night.

Die Happy Mondays groover, 57, will be the first celebrity ever to wear safety gear live on the ITV Wys.

Bez will appear alongside his pro skating partner Angela Egan in protective gear

Bez will appear alongside his pro skating partner Angela Egan in protective gearKrediet: ITV
The 57-year-old took a tumble on the ice during training this week

The 57-year-old took a tumble on the ice during training this week

Hy het gesê: “Falling over is a daily occurrence to me.

“If I don’t bang my head on the ice, I don’t feel I’ve been doing it properly.”

Photos from training have shown Bez’s helmet fly off because he struck the ice so hard.

And bosses are concerned how bad his fall could be under the pressure of live TV, when the show returns on Sunday.

A show source said: “Health and safety is obviously of utmost importance and Bez has had some spectacular falls.

“While it’s all part of the showand he does it with a smilewhen his helmet flew off and he bashed his head on the ice, producers took the unusual step of asking him to perform wearing a helmet.

“It’s not ideal, actually it’s quite embarrassing for him, but Bez has taken it on the chin like a trooper.”

Bez is dancing with Angela Egan, 34, who reached the final last year with Sonny Jay.

Bez said: “On Wednesday I’d made a huge step and I only fell over once, which is really good for me.

“Today, I’m hoping to get through a full session without falling.

“But I definitely have more Frank Spencer moments than any man I know.”

Last year the show was forced to skip a week, and then were forced to cut the show short after seven stars were forced to drop out, including five celebrity contestants, through injury and Covid.

Australian actor Jason Donovan picked up a back injury, terwyl Joe-Warren Plant and his partner Vanessa Bauer had to leave the series after testing positive for coronavirus.

Komediant Rufus Hound had to leave for the same reasons and Billie Shepherd sadly quit after she hurt herself during rehearsals.

Denise Van Outen also left early in the series after she picked up a shoulder injury.

Hierdie jaar, professional dancers like former Streng pro Brendan Cole, Pussycat Doll Kimberly Wyatt en Regan Gascoigne top the bill.

Corrie’s Sally Dynevor, Liefde-eiland’s Liberty Poole, The Vamp’s Connor Ball, Loose Women’s Ria Hebden, Olympic BMXer Kye Whyte and Paralympian Stef Reid will skate as well.

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He whacked his head on the ice after losing his balance

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The star struggled to get back up after the brutal fall

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