Dancing On Ice‘s Denise Van Outen was rushed to hospital on Thursday after a shock fall led her to partially dislocate her shoulder.
The actress, 46, revealed to The Sun on Saturday that she had fallen over during rehearsals with her professional partner Matt Evers, and suffered an injury that could put her appearance on Sunday night’s opening show in jeopardy.
Detailing what happened, she explained: ‘I’ve taken a few tumbles since we started training but with this one I knew immediately it wasn’t good.
Injury: Denise Van Outen was rushed to hospital on Thursday after dislocating her shoulder during rehearsals putting her place on Dancing On Ice in jeopardy, it was reported on Saturday
‘I was rehearsing with Matt, hit my toe pick and went flying. Straightaway I knew I’d done something. I just thought, “Please don’t let it be a break.”‘
Denise added: ‘The on-site medics and physio checked me over immediately and my shoulder was quickly iced.’
Following the assessment at the studio rink at Bovingdon Airfield, Hertfordshire, she was taken to A&E where she had an emergency X-Ray done.
Getting checked out: The star, 46, was taken to A&E where she had an emergency X-Ray done and appeared to be keeping in good spirits as she snapped a selfie in a face mask and shield
The procedure revealed she had partially dislocated her left shoulder and damaged her tendons, while she was also badly bruised.
According to the publication, Denise was advised to rest in order to recover and help improve her chances of making her debut.
Denise claimed she couldn’t move her shoulder much following the injury and felt it was ‘touch and go’ whether she could skate before Sunday, though she said she is having ongoing physio.
Ouch! Denise looked a little tearful as she was checked out by a medic following the fall
Shock: Denise said of the fall: ‘I was rehearsing with Matt [Evers], hit my toe pick and went flying. Straightaway I knew I’d done something’
She added that she and Matt have changed their routine so that she doesn’t put too much strain on her shoulder, if she will be able to skate.
Rather than rush her recovery, Denise explained that she and Matt are taking things ‘hour by hour’ and will make a decision before the show airs.
Following the news, Denise shared a post from Lady Leshurr who wished her a speedy recovery as she shared a picture of them posing in a socially distanced snap.
MailOnline has contacted Denise’s representatives for comment, when approached Dancing On Ice spokespeople declined to comment.
Fingers crossed: Reflecting on the accident, Denise said she remembered thinking ‘please don’t let it be a break’ after hitting the ice
Helpful: Denise (pictured with Myleene Klass, Lady Leshurr and Sonny Jay) only admitted on Thursday that she’s still ‘petrified’ of doing Dancing On Ice
Ouch: The X-Ray revealed she had partially dislocated her left shoulder and damaged her tendons, while she was also badly bruised
Despite being a West End star, with professional dance training and prior experience competing in a live TV show following her appearance on Strictly Come Dancing, Denise admitted on Thursday that she’s still ‘petrified’ of doing Dancing On Ice.
She explained: ‘You would not believe it – I would fall over from standing talking but you do get used to it. I am less bruised now, which is good. I am less likely to fall than I was three months ago.
‘I have always been petrified of being on the ice and having an injury and falling. I have fallen over in most of my sessions.
Road to recovery: Denise has been advised to rest in order to recover to help improve her chances of making her debut on Sunday night
Safety first: Denise added that she and Matt have changed their routine so that she doesn’t put too much strain on her shoulder, if she will be able to skate
‘I was so nervous when I was first on the ice that my whole body would tense and then I would keep falling over.
‘I am trying to stay relaxed and not think about injuries so much because you can never predict what you’re going to happen when you’re on ice.
‘I hope I can get through the competition and not be taken over by injury. It is scary.’
Stars attempting to impress with their new-found skating abilities include Rebekah Vardy, Myleene Klass, Billie Faiers, Sonny Jay and Jason Donovan.
Support: Following the news, Denise shared a post from Lady Leshurr who wished her a speedy recovery as she shared a picture of them posing in a socially distanced snap
‘So nervous’: Despite being a West End star, with a background in dance and prior experience competing in live shows, Denise admitted on Thursday that she’s still ‘petrified’ of the show
Worst fears: At the time, she said: ‘I hope I can get through the competition and not be taken over by injury. It is scary’
ITV reassured fans on earlier this month that the show will be back as planned despite the UK being plunged into a third lockdown, however a few new precautions will be in place including perspex dividers between the judges and no audience.
The news came amid claims the celebs and their professional skating partners were concerned about coronavirus hitting the show and it being cancelled.
The judging panel will be sat far apart, keeping in line with social distancing measures, and perspex panels will be placed between them.
For the first time in its history the studio at Bovingdon Airfield in Hertfordshire will have no audience, a move mirroring that of Strictly Come Dancing.
Changes: The new series will see the judges protected by perspex screens and there will be no studio audience amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, and there will be no audience
Last year: The judges (Ashley Banjo, John Barrowman, Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean) sat closer together last year
Precautions: For the first time in its history the studio at Bovingdon Airfield in Hertfordshire will have no audience, a move mirroring that of Strictly Come Dancing
The skating celebrities will also watch each other perform from socially-distanced tables to keep everyone safe from COVID-19.
Confirming the return of the hit series, ITV tweeted: ‘Confirmed: Dancing on Ice returns Sunday 17 January at 6pm on ITV.
‘Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby once again return to present the show and the expert Ice Panel of Torvill and Dean, John Barrowman and Ashley Banjo.’
Dancing On Ice, starts on Sunday 17th January at 6pm on ITV
Dancing On Ice 2021: Who are the celebrities?
Profession: Musician and radio host
Myleene says: ‘My girls have always wanted me to do this but I’ve always been too scared someone will skate over my fingers!’
Profession: Actor and singer, best know for playing Scott Robinson in Neighbours
Jason says: ‘To be able to learn a skill and spend some time focused is quite exciting, and I’m looking forward to seeing you guys.’
Profession: Actress best known for her role as Kate Connor in Coronation Street
Faye says: ‘I’m so excited! The producers get to know you and this is the first time I think people are just going to see me, not being a character… Just being me – Faye!’
Profession: Former sprint and hurdling athlete, who has since carved out a career as a TV personality
Colin says: ‘You go out there, you enjoy yourself and you learn a new skill and to hone the skill of skating will just be a huge, huge plus. I’m looking forward to it.’
Profession: TV personality
Rebekah says: ‘I’m really looking forward to getting my teeth into that. I’m going to give my 100% effort for it all.’
Rufus says: ‘I’m doing it for the money. I don’t know if you’ve heard but about six months ago this global pandemic hit and made just about everything I’ve ever done to earn a pound note disappear!’
DENISE VAN OUTEN
Profession: Performer and presenter, best known for The Big Breakfast
Denise says: ‘I’m really excited. Finally, I get to tell people. I’ve kept this a secret from most of my friends and family. Betsy [her daughter] doesn’t even know….’
Profession: Singer and radio presenter, best known for his daily Breakfast Show on Capital Radio
Sonny says: ‘I don’t want to fall over, not in front of the nation. I don’t want to be a meme the next day!’
Profession: Actor best known for his role as Jacob Gallagher in Emmerdale
Joe-Warren says: ‘I’m super excited. I’m glad I have the time off Emmerdale to really focus on training…’
Profession: Former Olympic skier, who is also a TV presenter, adventurer and journalist
Graham says: ‘Ice doesn’t scare me, it’s the dancing… [My experience was confined to] ‘dancing on tables, wearing ski boots in après ski. It’s not graceful and elegant!’
Lady says: ‘I’m petrified, (but) I’ve always wanted to ice skate so what’s better than doing it in front of millions of people.’
Profession: Television personality
Billie says: ‘I am soooo excited to announce that I will be taking part. I still can’t believe I am actually doing it!!’