DANCING ON ICE stars Patsy Palmer and Joey Essex will skate with two show legends when the hit series returns in January, The Sun can reveal.
A source said: “Patsy and Matt have become besties in LA and Matt’s even mastered the cockney accent!
“After being paired up with a Corrie Legend last year, he can’t believe he’s got EastEnders gold this year with Bianca.”
Joey, 32, shared his excitement in a joint post with Vanessa on Instagram this afternoon.
He posed for beaming snaps during their first training session together and said: “Ice to meet you!”
He’ll be in good hands with German born Vanessa, 26, who won DOI in 2018 with X Factor star Jake Quickenden.
Jake immediately backed them to take home the 2023 trophy, writing beneath their post: “Could have called it. Go get them trophies!”
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Vanessa has seen three of her male celebrity skating buddies suffer break-ups after hitting the rink with her.
Jake Quickenden split with Daniella Forgarty a month after pairing up with Vanessa in 2018, while a year later Love Island star Wes Nelson dumped Megan Barton Hanson after competing in DOI with Vanessa.
In 2020, her celeb partner, Emmerdale’s Joe-Warren Plant split from his long-term girlfriend Nicole Hadlow in 2020.
But Vanessa says none was down to her — and she is always keen to reassure any worried girlfriends.
She previously told The Sun: “I can understand why my partners’ girlfriends find it difficult. We spend so much time together rehearsing.
“We’re telling a story on the ice, and it’s nothing more than that, but you have to try to come across as genuine.
“It’s a performance but it’s created to make the love story real for the audience. We are acting on the ice.”