KM Charity Team patron Cheryl Baker will make her first competitive appearance in Dancing On Ice this weekend – and we are rooting for her all the way.
The former Bucks Fizz singer, who lives in Kent, told a newspaper she was “flying the flag for older women”.
And she’s in good hands – her dancing partner Dan Whiston is the only professional skater to have won the show three times.
Cheryl, 63, supports the KM Charity Team’s Young Cooks competition and Song Contest, and visits some of the winning schools in its reading and walk-to-school competitions for storytelling sessions. She also compered a round at the KM Big Quiz Medway in 2015.
“I am old enough to be some of the contestants’ grandmothers! But I’m flying the flag for older women. I’m saying, ‘Age is almost irrelevant,’” she said in an interview with the Mirror.
“I’m not 63 in my head. All of my school friends are retiring. I couldn’t bear to wake up and think, ‘What shall I do today?’”
Cheryl won the Eurovision Song Contest in 1981 with Bucks Fizz, who had more than 20 hits in the 1980s, including three UK number ones. She went on to present television programmes including Record Breakers and Eggs ‘n’ Baker and appear in a number of stage musicals – so her dancing experience should stand her in good stead.
Other contestants on the show, which is on ITV on Sundays at 6pm, include Great British Bake Off 2016 winner Candice Brown, Coronation Street actor Antony Cotton and singer Lemar.