Former sprint and hurdling athlete Colin, 53, and skier Graham, 54, made a joint appearance on BBC Breakfast on Saturday (26.09.20) to announce the exciting news.
Speaking to hosts John Kay and Sally Nugent, Graham said: “Ice doesn’t scare me, it’s the dancing, whereas I know you can dance, Colin.
Colin’s probably called up Katrina Witt and flown her over from Germany and hired her as a private coach!”
Colin added: “The first thing for us all is to get used to our boots. I don’t know if you’ve tried ice skating boots but they are pretty tight so we’ve got to get our feet in there and start getting used to balancing on them. We won’t get onto the ice fully until the middle of October.
“I can do a little bit of skating. I think with sport in itself you’ve certainly got a bit of balance and that will be transferable in this circumstance. How much dancing we’ll do, who knows? We’ll see how the choreography goes.
“I’m going to try and that’s the most important thing. You go out there, you enjoy yourself and you learn a new skill and to hone the skill of skating will just be a huge, huge plus. I’m looking forward to it.’
Jackson and Bell will join Myleene Klass, Joe-Warren Plant, Denise Van Outen, Faye Brookes, Jason Donovan, and Sonny Jay on the show when it airs next year.