JOE Swash is one of this year’s favourites to win ITV’s Dancing On Ice, alongside Love Island’s Maura Higgins and Diversity’s Perri Kiely.
But what has the former EastEnders star and TV personality said about joining the show and what else is there to know about him? Here’s the lowdown…
When will Joe Swash be on Dancing on Ice?
Joe will be performing live on the show for the first time tonight on ITV at 6pm.
The series will air on the channel at the same time every Sunday until the grand finale.
The first elimination is expect to take place in week two on Sunday January 12.
What has Joe said about Dancing on Ice?
On September 27, during an appearance on Loose Women, Joe Swash announced he’ll be taking part in the forthcoming run of Dancing On Ice 2020.
Swash, who became the ninth contestant to be revealed by ITV, told the panel that rehearsals were more intense than he thought.
While he’s determined to go a good job on the ice rink, the 37-year-old shared: In rehearsals, I was a little bit better, I did too much then and almost went.”
“Theyre killing me right now. I cant even dance on a dance floor, let alone on the ice. Its been a while since I picked a woman up.”
Joe will be competing in the ITV reality show alongside 11 other celebrities – Michael Barrymore, Maura Higgins, Kevin Kilbane, Lucrezia Millarini, H from Steps, Lisa George, Perri Kiely, Libby Clegg MBE, Caprice, Ben Hanlin and Trisha Goddard.
What TV work has Joe Swash done?
Despite leaving the soap, Joe has never been far from the public eye and shortly after his departure from Albert Square he entered the Im A Celeb jungle.
Joe won the heart of the nation and was eventually crowned the eighth King of The Jungle.
Since then he’s helped host the spin-off show Im A Celebrity: Extra Camp – supporting Declan Donnelly, Ant McPartlinon the sister show alongside Scarlett Moffatt and Joel Dommett.
You may have also caught him appearing on a number of other shows such as Celebrity Juice, Hole in the Wall, Fake Reaction and Channel 4s The Jump.
Why is Joe Swash famous?
Joe, 37, shot to fame on EastEnders when he took on the role of Mickey Miller in 2003.
The popular character got such a great reception that shortly after his introduction the writers gave Mickey a whole family, including his younger sister Demi who was played by his actual little sis Shana Swash.
Joe made his final appearance on EastEnders in July 2008 in an explosive storyline that saw Mickey and his father written out of the show.
Is Joe Swash married to Stacey Solomon?
Joe and Stacey have been together for just over three years.
In October they took their relationship to the next step by moving in together and two months later, celebrated their very first Christmas together.
Although there have been A LOT of rumours about these two being engaged and even having secretly exchanged vows without telling anyone – it’s not true.
And in May, 2019, Stacey seemingly hinted that she had tied the knot with her longtime beau in secret.
While appearing on Loose Women, the former X Factor contestant went on to refer to Joe as her “husband” when she said: I dont remember feeling like it when I had Zach and I was pregnant with Leighton.
“I felt like two was okay, and I dont know why I thought that.”
Seh concluded by saying: “But this three thingmaybe it is just that I only have two arms, you already feel like youre spreading yourself thin, dont you?
“Youve got one, two, a job, a husband, and then you think, Oh God, three?
When did Joe Swash and Stacey have their baby?
On May 23, it has been revealed that Stacey had given birth to a healthy baby boy.
Fans later learned that the doting couple had settled with the name Rex Toby Francis Swash, which is quite a mouthful but very unique.
On February 22, 2019, Stacey, 29, and Joe, 37, first announced that they are expecting their first baby together.
Joe was the first to take to Instagram to break the news with a series of photos of Stacey asleep in various positions and locations.
The caption read: “Have been driving myself mad thinking that shes bored senseless of me and cant stand to be awake for longer than 10 minutes of my company…
“So you can imagine my delight to find out that she still loves me and my company very much shes just been growing a baby.
“I cant begin to describe how happy we are to be able to share this wonderful news. We’ve been so blessed with three incredible children that we’ve had the privilege of raising and we are forever grateful to have the chance to become parents to another wonderful child.
“Its all very overwhelming and emotional and we couldnt be happier right now.”
Emotional Stacey followed up with a picture of the scan, adding: “Every time I go to write anything I sob so… what he said @realjoeswashy”.
Taking to Twitter, the expectant star retweeted Joe’s message and added: “Words arent working for me right now so ditto @realjoeswash” alongside a crying and yellow heart emoji.
Speaking on Good Morning Britain shortly after making the announcement, Joe said of his girlfriend: “She’s all good, she’s excited. We just can’t wait for it to happen.”
When quizzed on the due date, Joe refused to give any details away – simply saying that he “can’t say now”.
How tall is Joe Swash?
Joe is 1.72m, which works out as 5ft 6.
This means he is ever so slightly shorter than girlfriend Stacey, who is 1.73m – 5ft 7.
Who else has Joe Swash dated?
While starring in EastEnders Joes then-fiance Emma Sophocleous gave birth to his son Harry but they split shortly afterward in January 2008 when their baby wasjust seven months old.
In the same year, the lovable geezer gained a lot of attention when he started dating his on-screen older sister Kara Tointon.
In May 2010 the pair split claiming that they had been arguing too much following co-starring in a panto together.
Did Joe Swash get into a fight at V Festival?
Joe was at the centre of a bust-up backstage at V Festival.
He did his best to intervene after a man was knocked to the floor in the VIP area at Hylands Park, Chelmsford.
However, one of the revellers didn’t appear to take kindly to Joe getting involved and squared up to him as security desperately tried to diffuse the situation.
A source told the Daily Star: “It was crazy, all of a sudden everyone was kicking off.
“Joe jumped into the middle of the fight within seconds.
“Everyone was watching, even Conor Maynard stopped to check out what was going on.”
The trouble continued to rumble on as those involved bickered in their groups but insisted on trying to make amends with the man.
He continued being a good Samaritan, returning a phone to its owner after it fell to the floor.