The most horrific Dancing On Ice injuries, from Gemma Collins’ face plant to Joe Swash’s ear disaster

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Dancing on Ice is known as one of the most dangerous reality shows that a celebrity can sign up for.

Strapping sharp blades on your feet and taking to very hard ice can make things rather accident-prone, so much so that there have been complaints that the incidents could overwhelm the NHS after it returned to screens this year.

Since the show kicked off in 2006, there has been a fair share of injured celebrities. Take a look back at some of the most memorable on-ice disasters…

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Joe Swash

Just days before the final, Joe Swash was rushed to the hospital for emergency surgery after his skating partner Alex Murphy skated over his ear.

The slice later became infected, and the actor skated his final dance with a huge bandage on what he called his ‘cauliflower ear’.

"I've knocked the ear, and it's like a cauliflower ear, it just got swollen, and they had to drain it and cut it a little bit," the 38-year-old explained on Instagram.


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His partner Alex said: "I've never had that injury happen, I've done these roly polys before and it's never happened ever, with anyone, only with Joe. It wouldn't be a final if something hadn't gone wrong for us."

Vanessa Bauer

Skating pro Vanessa was forced to resign as the partner of Diversity’s Perri Kiely after slamming face-first into the skating rink side during training.

The 23 year old shared a shocking video showing her nasty fall, telling her fans: "Although I feel ok I am not allowed to skate this weekend…

"After banging my head into the wall, I feel fine but @itv is super cautious and really takes care of us skaters which is why I went through SO many tests… For the sake of my health, I have to rest my brain."

Luckily, Vanessa’s recovery was speedy, and she could take to the ice the following week.

Michael Barrymore

Billed on the 2020 series, Michael hadto pull out of the show before it even started after breaking his wrist in training.

Releasing a statement after the accident, Michael said: "Shortly after shooting the Dancing On Ice Christmas Special I took a tumble whilst rehearsing for the January shows.

After the fall, I thought I had sprained my wrist, but it turns out that it is broken. Unfortunately, the medics have told me that I cannot compete. I am absolutely devastated."

He was replaced by Blue Peter presenter Radzi Chinyanganya.

Gemma Collins

Gemma Collins suffered a dramatic fall during a Dancing on Ice live show which she says she has never fully recovered from.

Speaking about the nasty fall to the Express, the former TOWIE star says she thinks she did permanent damage to her knee.


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The 38 year old said "It’s only recently I’ve been able to touch my knees again. They were very painful. I mean my knee has just slightly gone down. I’ve got a lot of fluid on my knee from Dancing On Ice."

She added: "I’ll be recovering from Dancing On Ice for the rest of my life. I nearly died on the ice. I nearly smashed my jaw, broke my neck."

Antony Cotton

Antony Cotton suffered a nasty injury when he lost balance trying out a new backward move on the ice.

In 2018, the Coronation Street actor was rushed to hospital where he was told that he’d smashed a few ribs.

He said at the time: "Brandee and I were training for this week’s show when we lost our balance and both fell backwards onto the ice. Luckily, Brandee was uninjured but I was taken to hospital where I discovered I had fractured a couple of ribs, front and back."

Jennifer Ellison

Jennifer Ellison had her own flexibility to blame when she managed to kick herself in the back of the head with her own skate.

The accident occurred during a live performance, and the Hollyoaks actress was given immediate medical attention following the performance.

Explaining what happened on This Morning, her pro partner Dan Whiston said: "Jen is so flexible she did the Scorpion kick and hit the heel of her skate into the back of her head."

Matt Evers

Matt was left with a nasty cut to his face after his partner Jorgie Porter managed to skate over his head.

Jorgie was practising a stunt which involved putting her legs on his shoulder’s when she found her skate slip and hit her partner in the head.

Matt was rushed to hospital where he had to have stitches but was back to perform the routine live that weekend.

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Keith Chegwin

Keith Chegwin was lined up to appear on the 2011 series of Dancing on Ice when one wrong move left him too injured to take part.

During training, a pre-show tumble meant that he had to give up his space after the late TV star managed to crack three ribs and break his shoulder with the fall.

Luckily, the presenter was invited back for the 2012 series where he made it all the way to week seven.

Meanwhile, since the latest series kicked off last Sunday, Denise van Outen dislocated her shoulder in rehearsals, Yebin Mok, whose leg was accidentally sliced open by Graham Bell, and Andy Buchanan, who’s face was accidentally slashed open by Rebekah Vardy, all visited hospital with Dancing On Ice-related injuries after being seen by on-site DOI medics.

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