Chesney Hawkes has pulled out of Dancing On Ice after injuring his leg in training and been replaced by X Factor flop Chico.
The one-hit wonder was practising on the rink for the ITV1 skating show when he fell and sprained his ankle and fractured a bone in his leg.
Chesney, who topped the charts in 1991 with The One And Only, said he was ‘gutted’ not to be taking part.
He said: “I was having a brilliant time and couldn’t wait to finally be skating live on national TV. It wasn’t even a spectacular fall, it was a slight stumble as I practised with my skating partner.
“I think my children are the most disappointed; they were so excited at the prospect of watching me skate. I’m determined to be back on the ice, I might not be able to appear in this series, but hoping I will be able to appear in the show next year.”
Chico, who reached the quarter-finals of the 2005 series of The X Factor, said he was ‘excited’ to be joining the show which starts this Sunday at 6.30pm, but admitted it was ‘not necessarily in the best of circumstances’.
Among the other contestants taking part in the show are EastEnders star Laila Morse, Dallas actress Charlene Tilton, 1980s actor Corey Feldman, Sugababe Heidi Range and skier Chemmy Alcott.
But there is no return for sharp-tongued judge Jason Gardiner, with two new judges – former Olympic champion Katarina Witt and choreographer Louie Spence – joining Robin Cousins on the panel.