KEVIN Kilbane proved to football fans that there’s more to him than his skills on the pitch when he signed up for Dancing On Ice 2020.
However, while the former Everton football player delivered a fantastic performance on the ice, he was eliminated in week four.
Who is Kevin Kilbane?
Kevin Kilbane is a former footballer who played as a left-back and a left-winger.
Born on February 1, 1977, in Preston, Lancashire, Kilbane would go on to make his professional debut at his hometown club, Preston North End.
His impeccable performance gained him a lot of attention from other clubs, and it wasnt long after before he was sold to West Bromwich Albion for a whopping fee of 1million in 1997.
What was astonishing about the salary was the simple fact that Albion had never paid a player that amount before.
From there, things moved relatively swiftly for Kilbane, who would go on to sign a 2.5million deal to join Peters Reids Sunderland in 1999.
Kilbane went on to move to Everton on the last day of the transfer window at the start of the 2003-04 season – his salary had dropped to just 1million.
Nevertheless, the move saw him reunited with David Moyes.
He displayed great versatility which resulted in him being deployed right across the midfield, at left-back or even as a support striker, as well as his preferred left-wing position.
After leaving Everton in 2006 he played for Wigan Athletic, Hull City, Huddersfield Town, Derby County and Coventry City.
Kilbane also made 110 appearances for the Republic of Ireland – qualifying for the team as both his parents were Irish.
Kilbane now works as an analyst for Virgin Media Television, Final Score, BBC Radio 5 Live, Match of the Day and Newstalk Radio Off The Ball Football Show, just to name a few.
And on September 25, 2019, Kevin Kilbane was announced as the third celebrity to take part in the forthcoming series of ITVs Dancing On Ice, which returns in 2020.
What has Kevin Kilbane said about Dancing On Ice?
The football legend made the announcement on Talksport Radio, mentioning how excited he was considering the fact that he has no experience on the rink.
I am going on as a total novice, Kevin admitted. Im starting from scratch here. This is going to be a massive challenge for me.
Hes strongly hoping that his skills in football will become useful to him once training for the show commences – the last thing Kilbane would want to do is have an embarrassing moment on live TV.
He said: Ive been taking it easy for the last few years since I finished (football) so lets just see how this one goes.
Kevin will be competing in the ITV reality show alongside 11 other celebrities – Radzi Chinyanganya, Maura Higgins, Caprice, Lucrezia Millarini, H from Steps, Lisa George, Perri Kiely, Libby Clegg MBE, Joe Swash, Ben Hanlin and Trisha Goddard.
When Kevin was eliminated from the show, he was a good sport and stressed he was grateful to have been given the opportunity to take part.
Is Kevin Kilbane dating Dancing On Ice star Brianne Delacourt?
Yes, he is!
The Sun Online exclusively revealedthe ITV show stars were dating in December.
Now, the couple are living together following just three months of dating.
The skater has a daughter Gracie, aged three, who is more than happy with the new arrangement.
Does Kevin Kilbane have social media?
Kevin can be found under @kdkilbane77 on Instagram where he appears to be fairly active, as he shows fans his hectic life from one stadium to the next.
His animals and family life are also documented on the social media platform.
Kevin is also active on Twitter where he regularly updates fans on all things football.