DANCING On Ice fans are convinced the infamous curse has returned after Rachel Stevens was forced to miss this weekend’s show.
The 43-year-old skater was due to skate alongside Brendyn Hatfield but was forced to pull out after falling on the ice during practice and fracturing her wrist.
Rachel, who has two daughters with husband Alex Bourne, will skate in the competition for the first time in Week 3 on Sunday, January 30.
It comes after Bez was forced to miss next week’s show after testing positive for Covid.
The Happy Monday star is the first celebrity to wear a helmet on the ice after falling during rehearsals.
The ITV competition has returned to our screens but has been plagued by rumors of its own ‘strict curse’.
One wrote: “I think the curse of Dancing on Ice is back. »
Another posted: “Rachel Stevens already hurt, maybe the curse is real. #DancingonIce”
“#DancingonIce last year was a mess with contestants dropping out all the time, hope the curse doesn’t affect this year. »
A fourth added: “So someone has already cast a spell on #DancingonIce. »
Last year, the spooked cast and crew feared the 13th series would be spellbound – following an ‘unprecedented’ flurry of bad luck.
Ex-Corrie star and favorite Faye Brookes, 33, saw partner Hamish Gaman leave last week with an injured finger, with Matt Evers replacing him.
Aussie Jason Donovan, 52, missed last Sunday with back pain.
Rapper Lady Leshurr, 32, is suffering from leg pain and Rebekah Vardy, 39, from a sprained groin.
Actress Denise van Outen, 46, and Billie Shepherd, 31, from Towie, quit after falls.
Covid did it for comedian Rufus Hound, 41, Emmerdale star Joe-Warren Plant, 18, and his partner Vanessa Bauer, 24.
At the time, an insider said: ‘Everyone backstage is mad at all the crashes and dropouts. It is unprecedented.
“It looks like a curse. As if everything that could go wrong has gone wrong.
“Some people wonder if we’ll last until the end of the series. And all because of the number 13! »
Over the years, there have been a number of serious injuries on the show, with a few celebrities having lasting issues.
A Dancing On Ice representative said: “Due to an injury sustained in training and on the expert advice of Dancing on Ice medical professionals, Rachel Stevens will not be skating in the show this Sunday. We look forward to her returning to the show next weekend.
Prior to participating, the former S Club 7 opened up about her fears for the show, describing herself as a “perfectionist” and “naturally competitive.”
She admitted she was terrified of one thing – the infamous Headbanger.
The risky move sees the skaters swing their partner by the feet, with the head sliding dangerously close to the ice.
Rachel admitted: “The headbanger fills me with fear.
“I’m okay with the heights, but it’s one of those things, until you actually do it, you don’t know. I have no idea how I’m going to be and how I’m going to feel.
“All I know is I want to go out there and have fun. That’s the thing. I’ve always been quite a perfectionist but with that I really want to go.
“It’s about laughing and having fun learning a new skill along the way. »
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