Dancing on Ice is decimating our soap stars!

Coronation Street’s Andy Whyment, EastEnders star Laila Morse and former Brookside star Jennifer Ellison are among a variety of stars who are taking part in this year’s Dancing on Ice – which kicks off on Sunday night on ITV1 at 6:30pm – but almost everyone involved has already suffered some kind of injury!

Laila, who of course plays feisty Big Mo Harris in EastEnders, has damaged her shoulder so badly in rehearsals that she now needs surgery on it.

However, despite the fact that medics have advised 66 year old Laila to pull out of the show, she’s vowed to see it through.

She told the Daily Star, “It’s like being in the war – you just have to carry on and think to yourself: ‘Come on girl, get down in the trenches and get on with it.’

“I don’t want to let anyone down [but] if I am out first, then great.

“I’ve got three months off EastEnders so I’ll take the money and go on holiday.”

Meanwhile, the newly slimmed down Jennifer Ellison, who’s suffered an injury to her knee, is contemplating taking out life insurance on herself given how dangerous the whole thing appears to be.

In addition, Dallas star Charlene Tilton, fitness guru Rosemary Conley, pro skier Chemmy Alcott, and ex-Blue Peter presenter Andy Akinwolere have all damaged ligaments during training.

Also, Keith Chegwin is out of the show after breaking his collar bone, and pro-skater Sylvain Longchambon has had to quit this year’s show after his bicep “exploded.” Plus, popstar Chesney Hawkes may have to pull out after damaging his ankle.

Andy Whyment – who plays hapless but lovable Kirk in Corrie – is hoping he won’t be on the list of casualties though as he wants to prove his co-stars wrong for saying he’s “mad” to take part in the show.

He told the PA, “A lot of them are saying that I’m crazy.

“A few of them are taking the mickey and saying it’s going to be like Bambi on ice, but I think they’re going to be pleasantly surprised when they see me.”

Andy also remarked that he’s glad judge Jason Gardiner isn’t on the panel for this year’s show.

He said, “I’m kind of glad Jason’s not doing it. I’m all for a bit of constructive criticism but I think he took it overboard a bit, he got a bit nasty at times…

“Although I’m still up for the fight – if he was still there he would’ve got a bit of gip off me I think.”

Of all the injuries suffered so far, Andy remarked, “We’ve been told this is the worst start to a series they’ve ever had.

“Wherever you look, someone is seriously injured.”

Yikes! I wonder if this will be the first year that all the contestants turn up on crutches? The devil in me kinda hopes so…

Lynn is an editor and writer here at Unreality TV and is trained psychotherapist and the author of two books. She's addicted to soaps, period drama and reality TV shows such as X Factor, I'm A Celeb and Big Brother.