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Eurovision 1981 winner Cheryl Baker to take part in relaunch of ITV’s “Dancing on Ice”

For the first time since the show’s cancellation in 2014, reality TV show Dancing on Ice will return to ITV in early 2018. Over the past few days, the first few celebrity contestants have been announced and there’s Eurovision interest amongst them. Yes, Cheryl Baker, winner of the 1981 Eurovision Song Contest as a member of Bucks Fizz, will be taking part!

Will Cheryl be Queen of the Ice?

Cheryl will be joining other celebrities, such as Coronation Street‘s Brooke Vincent and Love Island winner Kem Cetinay, on the ice to battle it out for the title of King or Queen of the Ice. Previous winners of the competition include Olympian Beth Tweddle and Emmerdale actor Matthew Wolfenden.

An iconic and historic Eurovision moment

Cheryl won the 1981 Eurovision Song Contest as part of Bucks Fizz alongside band members Jay Aston, Mike Nolan and Bobby G. Making Your Mind Up remains one of the contest’s most memorable winning entries. This was, of course, largely thanks to the iconic dance routine as well as the undeniably catchy tune. Cheryl, Jay and Mike recently released brand new album The F-Z of Pop under the name of The Fizz alongside new member Bobby McVay. McVay himself represented the UK at Eurovision 1983, finished sixth as part of Sweet Dreams.

Cheryl, a multi-time Eurovision entrant

Nevertheless, Bucks Fizz was not the start of Cheryl’s Eurovision career. Back in 1976, as a member of Co-Co, Cheryl finished second in the British national selection, A Song for Europe, behind eventual Eurovision winners Brotherhood of Man. Nevertheless, Co-Co returned two years later and won the ticket to Eurovision with The Bad Old Days. Unfortunately for the band, their 11th place finish was the country’s lowest finish to date at that point.
Dancing on Ice will air on ITV every weekend from January 2018. Exact details will be released in due course.
Will you be tuning in to watch Cheryl on the revival of Dancing on Ice? Are you pleased to see Eurovision’s continued presence on ITV reality shows following the appearances of Saara Aalto, Slavko, Destiny Chukunyere and Zena Donnelly on The X Factor, Britain’s Got Talent and The Voice Kids over the past twelve months? Let us know in the comments below!

Ryan Cobb

My first memory of watching the Eurovision Song Contest was back in 2001 and, over the years, my passion and enthusiasm for the contest has very much turned into an obsession. I adore music and I love geography, so this contest is a natural fit for me. If la la loving Eurovision was a crime, I'd certainly be a criminal!

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