Dancing On Ice 2022

Dancing On Ice: Brendan Cole announces pro partner as fans declare they are ‘winners already’

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Dancing On Ice star Brendan Cole has revealed that Vanessa Bauer is his skating partner for the upcoming 2022 series.

The former Strictly Come Dancing star, 45, is one of the 12 celebrities taking part in the ITV show next year.

Taking to social media yesterday (November 3), Brendan became the first to announce his professional partner.

Dancing On Ice 2022

Brendan teased the announcement on his Instagram Story, alongside the caption: “Big reveal…”

He then confirmed Vanessa as his partner as he filmed the pair on the ice together.

Brendan said: “People, it’s official, I have my new Dancing on Ice professional, it’s Vanessa Bauer.

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“And there she is, it’s Vanessa Bauer.

“I’m so excited to be partnered with her, very, very lucky. She’s an incredible skater and I’ve loved watching her on the show over the years and I’m ecstatic. Watch this space people!”

Meanwhile, the professional figure skater also shared a series of photos with her partner.

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Brendan Cole has announced his Dancing On Ice pro partner (Credit: BBC)

She captioned the post: “Meet my new @dancingonice partner @brendancoleinsta!!

“We’re both incredibly excited about this new partnership and can’t wait to go above and beyond to hopefully deliver some magic on the ice for you! Let’s do this partner!!!”

Dancing On Ice fans rushed to comment on the news, with one saying: “Winners already.”

Winners already!

A second wrote: “Definitely not I was expecting, but so excited to see you two perform.”

A third added: “Ahhh!!! Definitely unexpected so I’m pumped for new adventures!!”

“This is brilliant – I’m certain his dancing and your skating skills will make this a great partnership,” a fourth posted, while another said: “You guys have already won! (As long as Brendan can skate).”

Perri Kiely and Vanessa Bauer
Vanessa made it to the DOI finale with Perri Kiely (Credit: ITV)

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Brendan first announced his involvement on Loose Women last month.

Speaking to the panel, he said: “I’m so, so excited. It’s been a while coming now.

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“I’ve known I’d be doing the show for quite some time and I want to get started, I’m so excited to be on the show.”

Meanwhile, Vanessa has had plenty of success on the show in the past.

The skater has performed in the finale alongside former partners Perri Kiely and Wes Nelson.

Dancing On Ice 2022 will return to ITV in the new year.

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Nancy Brown
Associate Editor