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Dancing On Ice announce plans to have first black pro skater following first same-sex couple on show

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They broke convention by introducing their first-same sex couple earlier this year. 

Now, Dancing On Ice are setting a new precedent by introducing their first black professional skater. 

In an effort to promote equality and support black, Asian and ethnic minority groups, sources have revealed ITV are making a concerted effort to increase diversity within their cast.

Change:DDancing On Ice are setting a new precedent by introducing their first black professional skater (pictured: 2020 winners Joe Swash and Alex Murphy)

Change:DDancing On Ice are setting a new precedent by introducing their first black professional skater (pictured: 2020 winners Joe Swash and Alex Murphy)

Change:DDancing On Ice are setting a new precedent by introducing their first black professional skater (pictured: 2020 winners Joe Swash and Alex Murphy)

A source told The Sun: ‘ITV wants to make sure Dancing On Ice is fully representative. It’s one of its biggest shows and it’s important it is diverse and inclusive.

‘They are currently screen-testing black skaters but have yet to settle on someone who they think will slip into the team seamlessly. 

‘It’s not long until the show starts recording and a decision will have to be made.   

Inclusivity: During the 12th season, the ITV show broke boundaries by introducing Ian 'H' Watkins and Matt Evers as the first same-sex couple

Inclusivity: During the 12th season, the ITV show broke boundaries by introducing Ian 'H' Watkins and Matt Evers as the first same-sex couple

 Inclusivity: During the 12th season, the ITV show broke boundaries by introducing Ian ‘H’ Watkins and Matt Evers as the first same-sex couple

‘Bosses feel it is a natural step after having Ian ‘H’ Watkins dancing with Matt Evers.’

The same sex couple made their debut on the 12th season of Dancing On Ice which began on 5 January earlier this year.

The Steps singer, 43, and Matt, also 43, are aware that they made history on the show, but ‘didn’t want to be treated any differently’ from the other contestants. 

Pushing forward: According to a source, auditions are underway for the first black professional skater, but they are yet to find a suitable candidate who will 'slip into the team seamlessly' (pictured 2020 contestant Trush Goddard and her partner Lukasz Rozycki)

Pushing forward: According to a source, auditions are underway for the first black professional skater, but they are yet to find a suitable candidate who will 'slip into the team seamlessly' (pictured 2020 contestant Trush Goddard and her partner Lukasz Rozycki)

Pushing forward: According to a source, auditions are underway for the first black professional skater, but they are yet to find a suitable candidate who will ‘slip into the team seamlessly’ (pictured 2020 contestant Trush Goddard and her partner Lukasz Rozycki)

Ian said on Lorraine: ‘This has been my bucket list show for so long. I’ve auditioned twice so it’s third time lucky.

‘It doesn’t compare to any other show, the commitment and attitude.

‘We’re very conscious of how the audience feels, that this didn’t turn into a circus and that people feel comfortable. 

‘I don’t want to be treated any difference to the opposite sex couples.’ 

Their partnership on DOI sparked 16 complaints to TV watchdog Ofcom, but the couple had a successful run on the show and represented ITV’s progressive push towards inclusivity.  

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Amanda Holden and Sheridan Smith duet I Know Him So Well

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Amanda Holden has teamed up with West End superstar Sheridan Smith for a duet of the hit song I Know Him So Well.

The single is the latest musical offering from  49-year-old Amanda’s album, Songs From My Heart, which will be released on October 2.

The new song and accompanying video is a cover of a song from Chess The Musical and is coming out on Friday.

Famously friends: Amanda Holden, (left) and Sheridan Smith giggled and embraced in music still for new duet I Know Him So Well from Chess The Musical, which comes out on Friday

Famously friends: Amanda Holden, (left) and Sheridan Smith giggled and embraced in music still for new duet I Know Him So Well from Chess The Musical, which comes out on Friday

Famously friends: Amanda Holden, (left) and Sheridan Smith giggled and embraced in music still for new duet I Know Him So Well from Chess The Musical, which comes out on Friday 

Special moment: The single is the latest musical offering from 49-year-old Amanda's album, Songs From My Heart, which will be released on October 2

Special moment: The single is the latest musical offering from 49-year-old Amanda's album, Songs From My Heart, which will be released on October 2

Special moment: The single is the latest musical offering from 49-year-old Amanda’s album, Songs From My Heart, which will be released on October 2

Chess is a musical with music by Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus of ABBA fame, with lyrics by Ulvaeus and Tim Rice. 

It tells the story a politically driven, Cold War–era chess tournament between an American and a Soviet Russian, and their fight over a woman. 

In black and white stills from the music video, Amanda and Sheridan, 39, look as though they are having lots of fun as they giggle while in the recording studio.

Hugging it out; Chess is a musical with music by Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus of ABBA fame, with lyrics by Ulvaeus and Tim Rice

Hugging it out; Chess is a musical with music by Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus of ABBA fame, with lyrics by Ulvaeus and Tim Rice

Hugging it out; Chess is a musical with music by Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus of ABBA fame, with lyrics by Ulvaeus and Tim Rice

Family comes first: Amanda's youngest daughter Hollie, appears in the video

Family comes first: Amanda's youngest daughter Hollie, appears in the video

Family comes first: Amanda’s youngest daughter Hollie, appears in the video 

At one point, the firm friends embrace one another as they make the most of their singing experience. 

Amanda said: ‘I got a great friendship out of this song in Sheridan Smith. I’d loved her for years and we’ve always hugged when we met but we didn’t know each other. 

‘I really wanted her to duet with me on I Know Him So Well so I asked David Walliams for her number. 

‘She was heavily pregnant, but she couldn’t have been nicer or more enthusiastic when I called her, and the final result is better than I even imagined.’

She continued: ‘This is also the first single I ever bought for my mum who loved Barbara Dickson. 

‘We had all her albums and even though I have never to this day seen Chess, this is the song I’ve always loved.’

Amanda’s album, Songs From My Heart is a collection of celebrated musical theatre numbers that showcase her impeccable vocal talents.

Family has always been at the heart of Amanda’s music.

Close bond: Amanda shared this throwback snap of herself with Sheridan as she spoke about recording the song with her when she was heavily pregnant

Close bond: Amanda shared this throwback snap of herself with Sheridan as she spoke about recording the song with her when she was heavily pregnant

Close bond: Amanda shared this throwback snap of herself with Sheridan as she spoke about recording the song with her when she was heavily pregnant 

Never forget: The pair also shared these sweet pictures on their Instagram stories

Never forget: The pair also shared these sweet pictures on their Instagram stories

Never forget: The pair also shared these sweet pictures on their Instagram stories 

The idea to create an album came about after Amanda and her daughters recorded Tightrope (from The Greatest Showman) for her husband, Chris, to mark their 10th wedding anniversary in 2018.  

Her debut single from the album, Over the Rainbow hit #1 on the iTunes chart.

The song helped to raise vital funds during the Covid-19 crisis, with all proceeds being donated to NHS Charities Together.   

Amanda is no stranger to the stage and has previously received an Olivier Award nomination for her debut West End role in Thoroughly Modern Millie.

Making memories: The idea to create an album came about after Amanda and her daughters recorded Tightrope (from The Greatest Showman) for her husband, Chris, to mark their 10th wedding anniversary in 2018

Making memories: The idea to create an album came about after Amanda and her daughters recorded Tightrope (from The Greatest Showman) for her husband, Chris, to mark their 10th wedding anniversary in 2018

Making memories: The idea to create an album came about after Amanda and her daughters recorded Tightrope (from The Greatest Showman) for her husband, Chris, to mark their 10th wedding anniversary in 2018

Acclaimed: Amanda is no stranger to the stage and has previously received an Olivier Award nomination for her debut West End role in Thoroughly Modern Millie

Acclaimed: Amanda is no stranger to the stage and has previously received an Olivier Award nomination for her debut West End role in Thoroughly Modern Millie

Acclaimed: Amanda is no stranger to the stage and has previously received an Olivier Award nomination for her debut West End role in Thoroughly Modern Millie

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Love Island’s Camilla Thurlow details the final weeks of her pregnancy 

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She is the latest star preparing to welcome a Love Island baby.  

And Camilla Thurlow is certainly getting excited about the arrival of her child with her co-star Jamie Jewitt as she took to Instagram on Thursday. 

The former bomb disposal expert, 31, who starred in the third series of the show, posed for a pretty snap and lamented the size of her underwear. 

Bumping along nicely! Camilla Thurlow is certainly getting excited about the arrival of her child with her co-star Jamie Jewitt as she took to Instagram on Thursday

Bumping along nicely! Camilla Thurlow is certainly getting excited about the arrival of her child with her co-star Jamie Jewitt as she took to Instagram on Thursday

Bumping along nicely! Camilla Thurlow is certainly getting excited about the arrival of her child with her co-star Jamie Jewitt as she took to Instagram on Thursday

Camilla was radiant in the picture as she smiled at the camera and showed the rising hem on her top around her growing stomach.

Revealing she’s in her 35th week, she penned a caption reading: ‘The tops are getting shorter, the leggings are getting higher, the ankles are getting bigger… and don’t even get me started on the size of the underwear #35weeks’.

Clearly as excited as his girlfriend, Jamie wrote: ‘So close!!!’ 

Camilla’s post comes after she admitted there have been ‘ups and downs’ with her pregnancy, but that she’s ‘very happy’ while talking to Andi Peters on Lorraine.

Ha! Revealing she's in her 35th week, she penned a caption reading: 'The tops are getting shorter, the leggings are getting higher, the ankles are getting bigger... and don't even get me started on the size of the underwear #35weeks', while Jamie also commented

Ha! Revealing she's in her 35th week, she penned a caption reading: 'The tops are getting shorter, the leggings are getting higher, the ankles are getting bigger... and don't even get me started on the size of the underwear #35weeks', while Jamie also commented

Ha! Revealing she’s in her 35th week, she penned a caption reading: ‘The tops are getting shorter, the leggings are getting higher, the ankles are getting bigger… and don’t even get me started on the size of the underwear #35weeks’, while Jamie also commented

New: Camilla has written a book called Not The Type: Finding My Place in the Real World - a memoir about finding courage at work and in her personal life. Pictured with Andi Peters

New: Camilla has written a book called Not The Type: Finding My Place in the Real World - a memoir about finding courage at work and in her personal life. Pictured with Andi Peters

New: Camilla has written a book called Not The Type: Finding My Place in the Real World – a memoir about finding courage at work and in her personal life. Pictured with Andi Peters

The star also discussed struggling to open up to people after working as an explosive ordnance disposal specialist in Afghanistan and Cambodia.

She said: ‘The biggest part of it is about the work I did with the [charity] Halo Trust. 

‘Before Love Island that was the work I liked doing and I was lucky enough to travel to Afghanistan and Cambodia, and during that time I learned a huge amount. 

Something for herself: Camilla was approached to go on Love Island at a time when she said she was 'struggling' after returning  from Afghanistan

Something for herself: Camilla was approached to go on Love Island at a time when she said she was 'struggling' after returning  from Afghanistan

Something for herself: Camilla was approached to go on Love Island at a time when she said she was ‘struggling’ after returning  from Afghanistan 

‘As I travelled across several different countries, it changed in different places, but the work was majority in landmine clearance.

‘You might clear land that can then be used for people to farm land for food for their family. Every country had different challenges, but it was an amazing experience.’

Camilla has written a book called Not The Type: Finding My Place in the Real World 

The memoir is not just about finding the courage to go out and deal with lethal threats at work, but the courage to confront one’s own fears and anxieties.

Exciting time: Camilla has been sharing a steady stream of baby bump pictures on social media and has said she is 'very very happy'

Exciting time: Camilla has been sharing a steady stream of baby bump pictures on social media and has said she is 'very very happy'

Exciting time: Camilla has been sharing a steady stream of baby bump pictures on social media and has said she is ‘very very happy’

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Bachelor In Paradise star Kiki Morris turns up the heat in lacy lingerie

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Kiki Morris is not crying over her failed relationship with her Bachelor In Paradise co-star, Ciarran Stott.

In fact, she is happy showing him what he is missing.

The reality star bombshell turned up the heat on Thursday as she posed in racy see-through lingerie.

Racy in lace! Bachelor In Paradise star Kiki Morris left nothing to the imagination as she posed in saucy see-through lingerie on Thursday

Racy in lace! Bachelor In Paradise star Kiki Morris left nothing to the imagination as she posed in saucy see-through lingerie on Thursday

Racy in lace! Bachelor In Paradise star Kiki Morris left nothing to the imagination as she posed in saucy see-through lingerie on Thursday 

The 33-year-old showed off her ample cleavage in the matching set – a plunging black bra and criss-cross style knickers.

Kiki’s two piece also accentuated her golden tan and a cosmetic procedure she was spruiking, a ‘non-surgical Brazillian butt lift’ from Beautylicious By Sophie.

The socialite has made no secret of the extensive cosmetic procedures she’s undergone to achieve her glamorous appearance.

The bombshell regularly undergoes radio frequency cavitation to firm the skin around her buttocks.

This procedure is more commonly known as a ‘non-surgical Brazilian butt lift’.

Tweaks: The socialite has made no secret of the extensive cosmetic procedures she's undergone to achieve her glamorous appearance

Tweaks: The socialite has made no secret of the extensive cosmetic procedures she's undergone to achieve her glamorous appearance

Tweaks: The socialite has made no secret of the extensive cosmetic procedures she’s undergone to achieve her glamorous appearance

She has admitted to having a breast enlargement as well as various non-surgical skin treatments over the years.

In 2016, when she was a contestant on Richie Strahan’s season of The Bachelor, Kiki told OK! she’d had a boob job after being bullied for her ‘flat chest’ in high school.

‘I used to get teased for being so flat-chested,’ she said. ‘[Having surgery] definitely made me feel less self-conscious.’

In addition to going under the knife, Kiki is also a fan of cosmetic injectables.

In 2017, she underwent Botox injections to reshape her jawline and relax the muscles around her jaw, which had become tight over time.

She said that one reason for getting the procedure was to relieve the severe headaches caused by jaw pressure.

Butt lift: The bombshell regularly undergoes radio frequency cavitation to firm the skin around her buttocks

Butt lift: The bombshell regularly undergoes radio frequency cavitation to firm the skin around her buttocks

Butt lift: The bombshell regularly undergoes radio frequency cavitation to firm the skin around her buttocks

‘I’m a notorious jaw clencher in my sleep so much so I wake up with migraines and from that it’s contributed to my strong jawline,’ she said.

She added that the procedure helped her ‘achieve a slimmer jaw while correcting my jaw clenching habits’.

There has been speculation that Kiki may also have had dermal lip filler, as she often displays a plump pout in photos, but this has never been confirmed.

Meanwhile, Kiki keeps her skin looking smooth with regular laser treatments.

‘I get SGA laser treatment on my skin, which helps me with my breakouts and really keeps my skin looking healthy,’ she told OK! magazine in 2017.

Kiki’s recent post comes about eight months after she had her heart broken by womaniser Ciarran.

The pair had started dating on the third season of Bachelor in Paradise, which was filmed in Fiji late last year.

Boob job: In 2016, when she was a contestant on Richie Strahan's season of The Bachelor, Kiki told OK! she'd had a boob job after being bullied for her 'flat chest' in high school

Boob job: In 2016, when she was a contestant on Richie Strahan's season of The Bachelor, Kiki told OK! she'd had a boob job after being bullied for her 'flat chest' in high school

Boob job: In 2016, when she was a contestant on Richie Strahan’s season of The Bachelor, Kiki told OK! she’d had a boob job after being bullied for her ‘flat chest’ in high school

Right before the finale, Ciarran told Kiki he was in love with her and wanted them to leave the show together without going through the formality of a rose ceremony.

Unfortunately, the couple split just a few weeks after returning to Australia.

Ciarran, who rose to fame on Angie Kent’s season of The Bachelorette, apparently ‘ghosted’ Kiki and moved from Sydney to Melbourne.

Over: Kiki's recent post comes about eight months after she had her heart broken by womaniser Ciarran. The pair had started dating on the third season of Bachelor in Paradise, which was filmed in Fiji late last year

Over: Kiki's recent post comes about eight months after she had her heart broken by womaniser Ciarran. The pair had started dating on the third season of Bachelor in Paradise, which was filmed in Fiji late last year

Over: Kiki’s recent post comes about eight months after she had her heart broken by womaniser Ciarran. The pair had started dating on the third season of Bachelor in Paradise, which was filmed in Fiji late last year

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