Christine Bleakley's DOI excitement

Christine Bleakley is to try her hand at skating ahead of her 'Dancing On Ice' presenting debut in the hope of becoming as competent on the ice as co-host Phillip Schofield

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Christine Bleakley

Christine Bleakley

Christine Bleakley is to try her hand at skating ahead of her 'Dancing On Ice' presenting debut.

The 'Daybreak' host - who is to leave the ITV1 breakfast show in the new year - is "excited" to be taking over from Holly Willoughby and fronting the celebrity skating series alongside Phillip Schofield.

However, after hearing from 'Dancing On Ice' coaches and Olympic champions Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean that her co-host is a whizz on the ice, Christine has vowed to take up the hobby herself.

Speaking on 'Daybreak', Christopher said: "We're really excited. We wish Holly all the luck in the world, but we're really excited to welcome Christine.

"I've got to tell you though - Phillip can skate, so you're going to have to get those white skates on and get out there."

Christine replied: "I might have to attempt it, yes. It is very exciting though, I can't tell you how excited I am."

The Northern Irish beauty has admitted she is nervous about following in the footsteps of former Holly, who quit the ITV1 show to front upcoming BBC One talent series 'The Voice'.

In a statement, she said: "My only concern was what a big task it is to follow the brilliant Holly and I can only promise her, Phillip and everyone at home that they couldn't have a bigger fan of the show on board."

Meanwhile, Holly has confessed she is already missing the "truly magical" series.

Writing on her twitter page, she said: "Good luck to Christine Bleakley on this year's Dancing on Ice. It's a truly magical show and you will love it. I'll miss you all very much!"

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