A defiant Ekin-Su Culculoglu is fighting a fever as she heads to the final rehearsal for DOI

She revealed earlier this week that she may be forced to miss the first live show of Dancing On Ice 2023, after coming down with a fever.

But Ekin-Su Culculoglu told how determined she is to compete as she gave fans and an update on Saturday, saying she didn’t give up.

The Love Island star, 28, shared her story as she headed to one of her last rehearsals and looked like she was dealing with her illness with a positive attitude.

Defiant: Ekin-Su told Culculoglu how she is determined to compete in the first Dancing On Ice show on Sunday as she gave fans and an update on Saturday, saying she did not give up amid the fever.

Defiant: Ekin-Su told Culculoglu how she is determined to compete in the first Dancing On Ice show on Sunday as she gave fans and an update on Saturday, saying she did not give up amid the fever.

In the caption, she wrote: “On the way to training. Back at it. I don’t give up just because I’m sick – come tomorrow!”

Ekin-Su looked glowing in the snap despite her illness as she donned a radiant makeup look and opted for a cozy light brown fleece.

She also shared on her story a group photo of all the contestants before the premiere where she commended them all for how well they had come in training.

READY: The Love Island star, 28, took to her story as she headed to one of her last rehearsals and looked like she was dealing with her illness with a positive attitude

READY: The Love Island star, 28, took to her story as she headed to one of her last rehearsals and looked like she was dealing with her illness with a positive attitude

It comes after Ekin-su revealed earlier this week that she had a fever.

The reality star, who is set to make her debut on the rink this Sunday, took to Twitter to reveal that doctors have advised her to rest, in the hopes that she will remain competitive this weekend.

Luckily, it looks like Ekin-Su’s boyfriend, Davide Sanclimenti, was on hand to take care of his girlfriend, posting on Instagram Stories that she was “in good hands.”

Sharing her poor health with fans, Ekin-su tweeted, “I’ve been told by the very ill doctors to rest, I hope I recover very quickly and am ready for Sunday.”

Proud: Also in her story, she shared a group photo of all the contestants before the premiere where she commended them all for how well they had come in training

Proud: Also in her story, she shared a group photo of all the contestants before the premiere where she commended them all for how well they had come in training

Then, David shared a snap of his girlfriend in his Stories trying to recover in bed, writing: “Someone home with a fever…in good hands tho.”

On Wednesday, Ekin-su tweeted that she was still suffering from the illness, writing on Twitter: “Have had this flu for a month now! Not what you need for a live show on Sunday! Need to rest.’

The reality star is set to make her ice debut this weekend alongside 10 other couples in their first live show.

Worrying: She revealed earlier this week that she may have to miss the first live show of Dancing On Ice 2023, after developing a fever

Worrying: She revealed earlier this week that she may have to miss the first live show of Dancing On Ice 2023, after developing a fever

Other celebrities competing in this year’s series include soccer legend Johnashanu, Olympic gymnast Neil Wilson, Coronation Street’s Molly Gallagher, Drag Queen, TV personality The Vivienne, comedian Darren Harriott, actress and West End star Carly Stinson and Siva Kaneswaran of The Wanted.

Philip Scofield and Holly Willoughby return as hosts. Meanwhile, The Ice Kings Gene Torvill and Christopher Dean reprise their roles as judges on the ice panel, along with dancers Ashley Banjo and Oti Mabuse.

This came after Ekin-Su revealed that she had previous skating experience before competing on Dancing On Ice.

Cute: Luckily, Ekin-Su's boyfriend, Davide Sanclimenti, appeared to be on hand to take care of his girlfriend, posting on Instagram Stories that she was

Cute: Luckily, Ekin-Su’s boyfriend, Davide Sanclimenti, appeared to be on hand to take care of his girlfriend, posting on Instagram Stories that she was “in good hands.”

The Love Island star also claimed that one of her strengths is being “very competitive”.

Ekin-su admitted that she used to skate, saying, ‘I skated as a kid but it’s been ages since I skated, you forgot right? During the pandemic I forgot how to walk because we were stuck inside for 2 years! “

I’m very competitive,” said the reality star, who is paired with Brendyn Hatfield. So if I have to do a two-hour workout, I’ll be there for four—I’ll aim for the sky!

Not long now!  This came after Ekin-Su revealed that she had previous skating experience before competing on Dancing On Ice (pictured with partner Brendyn Hatfield)

Not long now! This came after Ekin-Su revealed that she had previous skating experience before competing on Dancing On Ice (pictured with partner Brendyn Hatfield)

My strengths will be that I am competitive, passionate, and learn movement quickly. My weaknesses would be overthinking and impatience. If I can’t do something, I will try and try until I can.

When asked if this was one of the scariest things she’s ever done, Ekin-su replied, ‘I’ve never felt fear in my life, I’ve never felt nervous in my life, I’ve always been confident. I think the only time I’ll be nervous will be in the final. I know I will fall and hurt myself because in life you fall and hurt yourself. I am ready.

When asked if she would win it, Ekin-su said, “Yeah I am, otherwise I don’t. I don’t mind going home early but my brain doesn’t work that way. If I’m doing it, I’m putting in 100 percent. I’ll believe.” By myself, and I believe in myself a lot.”

Dancing On Ice returns Sunday 15th January at 6:30pm on ITV1 and ITVX.

Dancing On Ice 2023: Meet the contestants

Patsy Palmer

Omar: 50

profession: Actress and DJ

What did they say?: I turned it down before because I was intimidated, but when I turned 50, I made a deal to get out of my confrontation zone. “

EKIN-SU CULCULOGLU

Omar: 28

profession: love island star

What did they say?: I have some great news to tell you. I’m so excited, I can’t wait to get myself on the snow and skate. Stay tuned and see you on the ice.

Molly Gallagher

Omar: 24

profession: an actress

What did they say?: “I don’t have the best coordination, so when people find out they’re going to laugh, but I don’t want to spend my life saying ‘I can’t do this, I can’t do that’.”

Joy Essex

Omar: 32

profession:ormer TOWIE star

What did they say?: ‘I’m so excited. I wanted something in my life with structure and it’s more serious than I usually do.

Carly Stinson

Omar: 36

profession: Actress and West End Star

What did they say?: I’m so excited to have learned how to dance…on ice! I’m terrified but can’t wait – I just want to make the most of this whole experience.

Siva Kaneswaran

Age: 33

profession: Singer

What did they say?: “I want to learn how to skate, make my family proud and put on a show for everyone to see.”

Johnashano

Omar: 60

profession: Former football player and analyst

What did they say?: “I’m definitely going to win it, and this might be one of the scariest things I’ve ever signed up for, but I couldn’t be more prepared for the challenge!”

Neil Wilson

Omar: 26

profession: Olympic gymnast

What did they say?: I haven’t done much snowboarding but am so excited for the opportunity. I am so excited to get into this routine and feel like an athlete again.

James Lee William aka Vitality

Omar: 29

profession: Dragon Queen

What did they say?: To be the first drag artist to take part in one of the UK’s biggest reality competition shows is a huge honour A huge step forward for queer representation on television.

Darren Harriott

profession: comedian

Omar: 34

What did they say?: I have giant feet, I don’t skate, and I can’t dance. My family has already bet – they’re betting I’m going to fall in the first ring! ”

Michelle Heaton

Age: 43

profession: Singer

What did they say?: I’ve always wanted to do it, but I know I’ll never be able to complete anything because of who I was 18 months ago, so I’m really grateful I got to make it this year when I’m much stronger.


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