A freezing cold morning by the Thames in London.
It’s as if the streets have been themed for the press launch of Dancing On Ice 2009.
Yesterday’s event was held at ITV’s South Bank complex.
We began by watching the 13 skating celebrities appear live on This Morning in a nearby studio.
Then they came to talk to us.
Before the interviews, we were treated to a short showreel of footage which will open this Sunday’s first show, followed by the new opening titles.
It was the first time we – and the celebs – had seen it.
They were, naturally, very keen to watch this initial view of everyone training on the ice.
Though 12 of the 13 were not prepared for what came next.
You can read more in today’s MEN TV feature – complete with a full pic gallery – here.
Manchester-based former Emmerdale actress Roxanne Pallett will be dancing with Daniel Whiston (pictured above).
In a first for interviews in 2009, she told me: “Put your hand on my knee.”
The reason soon became clear.
“Doesn’t it click? My knees now, I can’t bend them or straighten them without them rolling and clicking,” she explained.
“So you’re my witness.”
Former Blue Peter presenter Zoe Salmon will dance on the ice with skating partner Matt Evers (pictured).
Like many of the celebs, she is terrified ahead of Sunday.
“I’m just dreading it,” she said.
“I never imagined I’d be so nervous.”
Cheshire-based Coleen Nolan doesn’t expect to trouble the judges for very long.
And a very eager to learn Ellery Hanley admitted he would sleep at Altrincham Ice Rink if he could.
All were agreed that former X Factor finalist Ray Quinn is currently miles ahead of them.
He’s been dancing since the age of three.
Judged by Torvill and Dean to be a natural on the ice.
So who do you want to win?
Click on the link below to read about all 13 celebs taking part.
Stars Are Bold As Ice
Roxanne: Why I took the ice challenge
Coleen: My ice fears