BARNSLEY lad Sam Nixon is to appear as one of the celebrities on this year's Dancing On Ice, it has been revealed.

Sam - who was famous on the show Pop Idol before starting a presenting career with friend Mark Rhodes - will be appearing alongside Chesney Hawkes, Corey Feldman and Rosemary Connelly.

Sam will be partnered with professional skater Alexandra Schauman. He said: "I've watched previous series of Dancing On Ice and I must admit Ray Quinn is the one that I've been looking at a lot - which is stupid because there's no way I'm going to be anywhere near as good as that."

The show starts on January 8 and we will be following his progress on our Facebook page.