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Bez tests positive for covid as Happy Mondays legend admits he’s ‘the worst contestant ever’


HAPPY Mondays legend Bez announced he has tested positive for Covid-19 just ONE day after making his Dancing on Ice debut

The 57-year-old has said he is “gutted” that he will miss training but is looking forward to skating again in week three. Bez, whose real name is Mark Berry, took to the ice rink on Sunday’s live show for the first episode back of the ITV skating competition.

Bez told the Daily Star: “I’ve had a positive test. I’m gutted because I’m going to be missing training but I’m looking forward to skating on the show again for Week Three and I’ll be tuning at home and cheering on my mates who are skating this weekend.”

Responding to the news, an ITV spokesperson said: “We have stringent protocols in place to ensure the health and safety of all our contributors and staff which are routinely monitored and updated to reflect the current guidelines.”

And after his debut dance on the rink, the mad for it Manc joked he’s “the worst dancer ever”, laughing: “I can’t believe it, I got through to another round of Dancing on Ice! How lucky am I? Well I’ll tell you how lucky I am, I’ve got you lot all out there giving me that support and got me through to fight for another day.

“I can’t thank you enough. I’m so happy, and I’m actually really laughing because I find it really funny. I was actually the worst skater you’ve ever seen on Dancing on Ice. I feel so sorry for Ria [Hebden]. She skated so beautifully and she’s in the dance off. And I said if I could swap places with her I would because I don’t think it’s fair.”

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  • Who is Sally Dynevor?

    Sally Dynevor, 58, is a British actress from Lancashire.

    She trained at the Oldham Repertory Theatre and then the Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts.

    Sally is of course best known for playing the role of Sally Webster in Coronation Street.

    However, back in 1985 she appeared in an episode of the television series Juliet Bravo in which she played Wendy Cunningham – a schoolgirl who becomes a heroin addict.

  • Regan Gascoigne new fave

    Betfair spokesperson Sam Rosbottom said: “Brendan Cole has been replaced as the favourite to win this series of Dancing On Ice following the opening show, with Regan Gascoigne the new 11/4 favourite to take the top prize.

    “Cole is now 3/1 to win the show after securing the highest score in week one, while Kimberly Wyatt has shortened to 10/3 from 7/1 after an impressive first performance.”

    “Bez was the 33/1 rank outsider before anyone stepped foot on the ice but has had his odds slashed to 22/1 after proving popular despite picking up the lowest score of the week.”

    • Brendan Cole has been replaced as the favourite to win the show
    • Regan Gascoigne is the new 11/4 favourite following the first week
    • Bez was a rank outsider, but is now 22/1 to win having previously been 33/1
  • Sam Attwater unrecognisable with huge bushy beard 10yrs after winning

    The popular actor, then 25, was also the first star to get together with his pro skater on the show, marrying Vicky Ogden in 2014.

    These days he’s swapped the ice for the stage, appearing in a string of major West End shows.

    And, now 35 and dad to two daughters, the actor looks very different with a big bushy beard.

    EastEnders viewers will know Sam best as Leon Small, Peter Beale’s buddy and his sister Lucy’s love interest, from when he appeared in 2010.

    The star, who also appeared in the short-lived E20 spin-off, went on to dominate Dancing On Ice the following year.

  • Bez reveals he wears padding all over

    The musician became famous as the Happy Mondays dancer and percussionist where he danced on stage with the instrument.

    Wearing a custom watermelon helmet, Bez shimmied and twisted his way around the ice with a big smile on his face.

    His simple routine earned him the lowest scores of the night, a total of 12.5 but Bez was happy with the result.

    “I thought it would have been much lower than that,” he admitted to hosts Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield.

    Bez also revealed he was wearing padding all over his body, including a back brace after taking multiple tumbles in training.

  • ‘I’m the worst skater that’s ever been on Dancing On Ice’

    The Happy Mondays legend, Bez, made his debut on the ice at the weekend and took to Instagram to thank his fans for their support so far with a new video.

    In the clip Bez – shaking his trademark maracas – said: “I can’t believe it, I got through to another round of Dancing on Ice!

    “How lucky am I? Well I’ll tell you how lucky I am, I’ve got you lot all out there giving me that support and got me through to fight for another day.

    “I can’t thank you enough. I’m so happy, and I’m actually really laughing because I find it really funny. I was actually the worst skater you’ve ever seen on Dancing on Ice.

    “I feel so sorry for Ria [Hebden]. She skated so beautifully and she’s in the dance off. And I said if I could swap places with her I would because I don’t think it’s fair.”

  • Reaction from dancers after first show

    Coronation Street actress Sally Dynevor and her skating partner Matt Evers found themselves in the bottom two, but they received more votes than Ria and were saved from the upcoming skate-off.

    Meanwhile, Happy Mondays dancer Bez was the first celeb announced as having made it through to movie week, winning just 12.5 points out of a possible 40.

    The music legend said about his score: “It’s more than I thought I was gonna get.”

    Bez entered the rink wearing full on protective gear, with show host Phillip Schofield later revealing he was the first contestant to ever need a helmet on the ice.

    Bez also confirmed: “I’ve got everything. Elbow pads, knee pads, back brace, and most important of all … protecting me old marakas.”

  • Fans frustrated about voting

    Fans were up in arms over a major misunderstanding about how to vote.

    Viewers were left scrambling for their phones after realising too late that they could no longer use the Dancing On Ice app to cast their votes.

    Many said by the time they discovered the system had changed the window of time to pick their favourite celeb had expired.

    And they were left gutted for Loose Women star Ria Hebden, who won the least amount of votes and who now faces a skate off next week.

    One person moaned: “If it was possible to get online to vote the result might have been different.”

  • Does the winner of Dancing On Ice get more money?

    Unlike Strictly, where all the celebrities taking part get the same wage until they progress further in the competition, Dancing On Ice contestants can demand different fees.

    Because of this, they don’t get any more money if they win the show.

    On Strictly, the winner takes home £100,000 – but this is the most money they can get for taking part in the show.

    On Dancing On Ice, celebrity fees range from £20,000 to £100,000.

    However, the highest paid star in DOI history was Baywatch star Pamela Anderson, who got £150,000 in 2013. 

  • Is there a prize for the winner of Dancing on Ice?

    There is no cash prize for winning Dancing On Ice.

    However, the winner does take home a HUGE trophy, which is awarded to them by hosts Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield.

    They also get the honour of saying they won the show.

    Also, as often is the case, the winning celebrity lands TV deals after being crowned champion.

  • Who is judge Ashley Banjo?

    Ashley Modurotolu Banjo MBE is a 33-year-old English street dancer, choreographer and actor.

    He shot to fame in 2009 when he won Britain’s Got Talent with his dance troupe Diversity.

    The dance troupe have since done servera, arena tours around the UK and still continue to perform as guest appearances on BGT.

    Ashley appeared as a judge on Sky1’s Got To Dance along with Pussycat Doll’s Kimberly Wyatt.

    He has been part of the Dancing on Ice judging panel since 2018.

    He also became the first-ever co-host of the Pride of Britain awards in 2021, where he co-hosted with Carol Vorderman for the ceremony.

  • Bez struck by Covid just hours after first show

    The Happy Mondays legend, 57, will now miss training until he tests negative and his isolation period is over.

    He told the Star: “I’ve had a positive test. I’m gutted because I’m going to be missing training but I’m looking forward to skating on the show again for week three and I’ll be tuning at home and cheering on my mates who are skating this weekend.”

    Bez’s skating partner Angela Egaown is also isolating and they are hoping to return in time for week three.

    It’s an early headache for ITV bosses after the chaos caused by the virus in last year’s show where numerous positive results threatened to derail it completely.

    An ITV spokesperson said: “We have stringent protocols in place to ensure the health and safety of all our contributors and staff which are routinely monitored and updated to reflect the current guidelines.”

  • What was Sean Rice’s cause of death?

    Fellow skater Frankie Poultney shared the news of Rice’s passing on Twitter.

    She said: “Pro skaters are heartbroken today, we lost a true larger than life great – an epic skater, a husband, father, and my friend of 20 years.

    “Gone too soon, but we will love you for a thousand years.”

    No cause of death has been disclosed.

    Other DOI skaters also paid tribute, with Alexandra Schauman describing feeling “utterly broken and in disbelief”.

    She added: “Life is so precious and fragile.

    “We have done life together, laughed and cried and skated our hearts out together.

    “There are literally no words to describe the pain and shock I am feeling right now, knowing I will never hear your laugh again Sean, or be the recipient of your all-healing bear hugs, or be able to share the ice and stage with you and Jodeyne like we had always planned to do again one day.

    “I miss you and love you and I know heaven must be beautiful right now because it has you in it.”

  • Stars pay tribute to Sean Rice

    The professional ice skater tragically passed away on January 14 at just 49 years old.

    Chemmy was paired with Sean in 2012 during his second and final season of the ITV figure skating show.

    She paid tribute to Sean on Twitter, writing: “Have just heard the tragic news that Sean Rice, my partner from DOI, has passed away.

    “The world will miss your amazing energy and your healing hands. All my love to J and S.”

    TV presenter Chloe Maddeley also gushed over her former co-star whom she met while competing on the 2011 series.

    “My heart goes out to the skating world and the DOI family for the loss of Sean Rice. He was a strong, honest, kind and incredibly funny man who did things on the ice that made my jaw drop,” she wrote alongside a video of them on the ice together.

    “Sean and Jodeyne were the only couple I went to watch rehearse on tour, because every lift was something spectacular. My thoughts are with Sean’s wife Jodeyne and their daughter Signey.”

  • When can I watch Dancing On Ice 2022?

    Dancing on Ice returns to ITV on Sunday, January 16 at 6.30 pm. 

    From January 16, the episodes to follow will air on the following Sunday at the same time.

    You will also be able to catch up on the episode via the ITV hub.

  • Who is Oti Mabuse?

    Otlile “Oti” Mabuse is a 31-year-old South African talent show judge, presenter, dancer and Latin American champion.

    She became a pro dancer on BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing where she is the only professional to win two consecutive series winning with Emmerdale’s Kelvin Fletcher in 2019 and comedian Bill Bailey in 2020.

    She is the sister of Strictly judge Motsi Mabuse, but has gone on to judge her own panel for the BBC’s The Greatest Dancer and as a judge on ITV’s The Masked Dancer.

    Strictly fans were devastated to learn that Oti would be departing the show however she is now joining the Dancing on Ice panel.

  • Brendan Cole: I’m in it to win it

    Former Strictly Come Dancing professional Brendan Cole, who will perform with partner Vanessa Bauer, is hoping to follow in the footsteps of ex-Strictly dancer and Dancing On Ice 2019 champion James Jordan.

    The 45-year-old has said previously: “None of this ‘I don’t mind if I don’t win’, we all want to do well, you don’t take part in something like this if you don’t want to do well.

    “Everyone is going to be trying their utmost to get to the next week, to the next week, to the next week, and if anybody says they’re not they’re lying through their teeth.”

  • Liberty Poole avoided a health kick for new skating regime

    LIBERTY has avoided a health kick to go with her strict new skating regime, saying: “I’ve still got the same s**tty diet.”

    The reality TV favourite’s guilty pleasures include burgers and sweet tea.
    But she told how she has still managed to lose weight thanks to hours of ice training.

    Liberty said: “I love my McDonald’s. I still love my sugary cups of tea. The tea I’m drinking right now has three sugars in it.

    “I’ve got a proper sweet tooth. Maybe the ice-skating training is why I’ve lost some weight.

    “I wouldn’t even say I’ve lost a load. I don’t know for sure as I don’t weigh myself.

    “I’ve definitely lost some, but I’m still just me.”

  • Dancing on Ice’s Bez lived in a SHED for months

    Bez, 57, says he hit rock bottom aged 16, so turned to a friend called Maggi, who gave him a place to stay.

    But when the time came for him to move, he came up with the idea of turning a shed at the bottom of Maggi’s garden into his own “private little pad”.

    After agreeing to his idea, the former Celebrity Big Brother housemate  transformed it into a liveable space – and even used it to woo girls.

    He said: “I set to it right away, whitewashing the interior and putting in a thick-pile carpet, followed by a raised platform bed, a TV, a stereo and a calor gas heater.

    “I even had my own facilities for making the brews in the morning. For a lad of sixteen, it was heaven.

    “Okay so it was a shed, but it didn’t half come in useful as a conversation piece, plus the girls just loved the novelty value.”

  • Alison Hammond tells Shaun Ryder ‘I never liked you’ in tense Dancing On Ice clash

    ALISON Hammond and Shaun Ryder clashed backstage on the first episode of Dancing On Ice, according to reports.

    The rivals, who haven’t seen eye to eye since appearing on I’m A Celebrity in 2020, shared some frosty words behind the scenes.

    The Star reports Alison told the Happy Mondays singer: “I never liked you. From the first minute I met you and spoke to you, I never liked you.”

    Shaun replied: “I know.”

    Before the exchange, Loose Women star Denise Welch asked Shaun what the issue was between him and Alison.

    He told the publication: “I don’t know why Denise came over to me. Ever since the jungle show, I knew Alison didn’t like me.”

  • The Bez show on earth

    Fans have started a campaign to get Happy Mondays star to win the show.

    They have hailed the loveable rocker ‘the new Todd Carty’ after he performed with a crash helmet on.

    One fan Tweeted: “Bez to win!!!!”

    Another said: “I used all my five votes on Bez.”

    A third said: “Who’d have thought that the sight of Bez on ice skates was the thing we needed in 2022.

    Amazing!!”

  • Bez tests positive for COVID a day after DOI debut

    Bez tests positive for Happy Mondays dancer Bez has announced he has tested positive for Covid-19 the day after making his Dancing On Ice debut.

    The 57-year-old has said he is “gutted” that he will miss training but is looking forward to skating again in week three.

    Bez, whose real name is Mark Berry, took to the ice rink on Sunday’s live show for the first episode back of the ITV skating competition.

    Bez told the Daily Star: “I’ve had a positive test.

    “I’m gutted because I’m going to be missing training but I’m looking forward to skating on the show again for Week Three and I’ll be tuning at home and cheering on my mates who are skating this weekend.”

    Responding to the news, an ITV spokesperson said: “We have stringent protocols in place to ensure the health and safety of all our contributors and staff which are routinely monitored and updated to reflect the current guidelines.”

  • Brendan Cole: I’m in it to win it

    Former Strictly Come Dancing professional Brendan Cole, who will perform with partner Vanessa Bauer, is hoping to follow in the footsteps of ex-Strictly dancer and Dancing On Ice 2019 champion James Jordan.

    The 45-year-old has said previously: “None of this ‘I don’t mind if I don’t win’, we all want to do well, you don’t take part in something like this if you don’t want to do well.

    “Everyone is going to be trying their utmost to get to the next week, to the next week, to the next week, and if anybody says they’re not they’re lying through their teeth.”

  • Oti Mabuse breathes new life into the judging panel

    The judging panel has welcomed Oti Mabuse as its latest addition, following ex-judge John Barrowman’s departure.

    Strictly Come Dancing professional Oti has already had her fair share of judging experience after her stint on The Greatest Dancer.

    The 31-year-old star has had an incredibly busy few years, appearing as a panellist on The Masked Dancer in 2021, and both choreographing and guest judging on RuPaul’s Drag Race UK last year.

    Now, the stunning dancer has been signed up for Dancing on Ice, making her debut on the panel this weekend.

    Fans and critics have been eagerly awaiting the South African star’s first appearance, and unsurprisingly, she went down a hit.

    Oti wowed tonight in a bold asymmetric gown and matched her huge glittering platform heels to the bright red dress.

    She coordinated her jewellery, opting for ruby and diamond earrings and a statement necklace, as well as a bold red lip to finish off the look.

  • Who was former DOI pro Sean Rice?

    Sean Rice was a former figure skater famed for his appearances on ITV’s Dancing on Ice.

    Born in Ontario, Canada, in 1972, he went on to become a two-time Canadian pairs bronze medallist with partner Jodeyne Higgins, and four-time Canadian fours champion.

    He retired from competitive skating to tour on Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines before joining Dancing on Ice in 2011.

    During his first appearance, he was partnered with TV presenter and journalist Angela Rippon but was knocked out in the early stages.

    The following year he was paired with British Olympic alpine ski racer Chemmy Alcott, who was the 11th contestant to be eliminated.

    The couple enjoyed eight dances on the show, including one to Pilot’s Magic, with an average score of 20 out of 30.

  • Fans frustrated about voting

    Fans were up in arms over a major misunderstanding about how to vote.

    Viewers were left scrambling for their phones after realising too late that they could no longer use the Dancing On Ice app to cast their votes.

    Many said by the time they discovered the system had changed the window of time to pick their favourite celeb had expired.

    And they were left gutted for Loose Women star Ria Hebden, who won the least amount of votes and who now faces a skate off next week.

    One person moaned: “If it was possible to get online to vote the result might have been different.”





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