Love Island's Maura Higgins sports a salmon hoodie and leggings as she heads home after a day at the rink for Dancing On Ice training

She was the first celebrity confirmed to be taking part in Dancing On Ice

And Maura Higgins showed she was wasting no time getting prepared for the role as she was spotted chatting to her skating instructor following rehearsals on Monday.

The Love Island star, 28, also stopped to stroke a fan's dog as she packed up her belongings after a busy day preparing for her debut performance in January.

Casual: Maura Higgins gathered her bags as she left the rink after a full day on the ice in preparation for her Dancing On Ice debut in January

Casual: Maura Higgins gathered her bags as she left the rink after a full day on the ice in preparation for her Dancing On Ice debut in January

She kept herself warm in a salmon hoodie and sported comfortable grey leggings for the day's lessons.

Her place on the Dancing On Ice was confirmed on This Morning last month, when she emerged from an oversized white coat in a snow globe. 

Maura said on the show: 'I've skated once in my life for fun, so I've no experience at all. I'm up for the challenge.'

Working hard: The Love Island star, 28, was spotted chatting to her ice instructor as she left the rink following rehearsals on Monday

Working hard: The Love Island star, 28, was spotted chatting to her ice instructor as she left the rink following rehearsals on Monday

Comfortable: Maura kept herself warm in a salmon hoodie and sported comfortable grey leggings for the day's lessons

Comfortable: Maura kept herself warm in a salmon hoodie and sported comfortable grey leggings for the day's lessons

Heading home: Maura's place on the Dancing On Ice was confirmed on This Morning last month, when she emerged from an oversized white coat in a snow globe

Heading home: Maura's place on the Dancing On Ice was confirmed on This Morning last month, when she emerged from an oversized white coat in a snow globe

The star admitted she is nervous about performing the headbanger move on the ice, which involves a skater being picked up by the ankle and spun around by their partner.

'[The headbanger] is what frightens me. I'm more excited than scared. I'm competitive so I think that will drive me.'

The contestants have not been paired with their professional dance partners yet but Maura admitted she's hoping to have someone who will crack the whip.

Chat: The brunette beauty picked up her back as he prepared to head home from her ice skating lessons as she prepares for the show

Chat: The brunette beauty picked up her back as he prepared to head home from her ice skating lessons as she prepares for the show

Ready: Maura's ice instructor grabbed his bag before the pair part ways
Ready: Maura waited for her ice skating instructor

Ready: Maura was seen waiting for her ice skating instructor to grab his bag before the pair parted ways

Homebound: The TV star held her skates in her backpack as she made her way to a car

Homebound: The TV star held her skates in her backpack as she made her way to a car

Puppy love: Maura put her bag in the car as a fan walked by carrying a small Yorkshire terrier

Puppy love: Maura put her bag in the car as a fan walked by carrying a small Yorkshire terrier 

Caught the eye: Maura stroked the dog a fan carries in his arms
Caught the eye: She stopped to take a moment to chat to a fan

Caught the eye: Stopping to take a moment to chat to the fan, Maura stroked the dog he carried it in his arms

Adorable: The Yorkshire Terrier wriggled to get closer to Maura as she stopped to stroke the cute dog

Adorable: The Yorkshire Terrier wriggled to get closer to Maura as she stopped to stroke the cute dog

Meanwhile, the reality star's romance with Curtis, 23, is going from strength-to-strength.

The couple, who made their relationship official last week, put on a united display at the Specavers Spectacle Wearer of the Year earlier this month.

Maura and Curtis' PDA-filled appearance came just days after she admitted in an interview with The Irish Mirror they hadn't seen each other in two weeks.

Goodbyes: Maura and her instructor parted ways with a hug after another day working together

Goodbyes: Maura and her instructor parted ways with a hug after another day working together

Ready to leave: Maura slung her backpack across one shoulder
Ready to leave: Maura wished her trainer goodbye and headed towards a car

Ready to leave: Maura slung her backpack across one shoulder as she wished her trainer goodbye and headed towards a car

Nervous: The star previously admitted she worries about performing the headbanger move on the ice, which involves a skater being picked up by the ankle and spun around by their partner

Nervous: The star previously admitted she worries about performing the headbanger move on the ice, which involves a skater being picked up by the ankle and spun around by their partner

Loved-up: Maura found fame on Love Island earlier this year and sparked up a romance with Curtis Pritchard (pictured at Specsavers Award ceremony on October 8)

Loved-up: Maura went on to star on the hit ITV2 show earlier this year and sparked up a romance with Curtis Pritchard (pictured at Specsavers Award ceremony on October 8)

During the interview Maura was quizzed on whether Curtis had finally asked her to be his girlfriend.

'He's not,' she said, adding: 'So we haven't seen each other in two weeks but that's because of our hectic schedules, but I mean, I'm happy with the pace we're going and I think he is as well.'

On how they manage with such hectic schedules, Maura said: 'I mean, it's not hard. I don't find it hard because I'm kept busy and he is too.

'Obviously it's very different after coming out of the villa where you were with each other 24/7, but coming out, it's a whole new relationship.'  

They revealed they were officially boyfriend and girlfriend in an interview in last week's OK magazine.

DANCING ON ICE 2020: WHO ARE THE CONTESTANTS?

MAURA HIGGINS

Age: 28

Occupation: Reality TV star

Best known for: Maura earned an army of fans with her no-nonsense demeanour when she joined Love Island in June 2019. She eventually sparked up a romance with Curtis Pritchard. Since leaving the villa she has become This Morning's new 'agony aunt.'

KEVIN KILBANE

Age: 42

Occupation: Retired footballer

Best known for: Kevin made a total of 540 appearances for various Premier League clubs, including lengthy stints at Everton and Sunderland. He also played for The Republic Of Ireland national team at the 2002 FIFA World Cup. He retired from football in 2012. 

H FROM STEPS 

Age: 43

Occupation: Singer 

Best known for: Ian is a Welsh singer, dancer, stage actor and one of two male singers of the British pop group Steps. Some of the band's most famous hits include Tragedy, 5,6,7,8 and Shade of Blue. 

 PERRI KIELY

Age: 23

Occupation: Street dancer

Best known for: Perri is a member of award-winning dance troupe Diversity, who won Britain's Got Talent's third series in 2009. The Essex native has gone on to star in reality series E4's Celebs Go Dating and Splash!.

JOE SWASH

Age: 37

Occupation: Actor and presenter

Best known for: Joe rose to fame when he played Micky Miller on EastEnders from 2003 to 2008. He went onto win I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here the same year, and hosted the sister show Extra Camp from 2009 to 2018. He has dated fellow presenter Stacey Solomon since January 2016, and they welcomed son Rex in May 2019.

TRISHA GODDARD 

Age: 61

Occupation: Chat show legend 

Best known for:  Her eponymous talk show Trisha, which ran from 1998 until 2009. She has been based in the U.S. since then, working on Maury as a conflict resolution expert. The star was also a regular panelist on Big Brothers Bit on the Side.

MICHAEL BARRYMORE

Age: 67

Occupation: TV presenter

Best known for: Michael was one of Britain's most beloved TV presenters as the host of shows including Strike It Lucky throughout the 80s and 90s. His last TV appearance was 18 years ago, when his career was derailed after Stuart Lubbock was found dead in a swimming pool at his Essex home.

LUCREZIA MILLARINI 

Age: 43

Occupation: Newsreader  

Best known for: Lucrezia presents both ITV Lunchtime News and ITV Weekend News. She previously worked as Entertainment Correspondent for ITV News London.


LISA GEORGE 

Age: 48

Occupation: Actress  

Best known for: Lisa is best known for the role of Beth Tinker in Coronation Street. 

The actress has played the role since 2011.

LIBBY CLEGG MBE

Age: 29

Occupation: Paralympic Sprinter 

Best known for: Libby is one of Britain's most successful Paralympic sprinters. She won gold in the women's T11 100m and 200m races with her guide Chris Clarke. She suffers from a degenerative eye condition called Stargardt's Macular Dystrophy, and is registered as blind.

BEN HANLIN 

Age: 33

Occupation: Magician and presenter

Best known for: Ben is famed for his impressive magic tricks and hosting ITV2 series Tricked from 2013 to 2016. 

He also covers Capital Breakfast on Capital Birmingham.

  

CAPRICE 

Age: 47

Occupation: Actress and Model

Best known for: Caprice previously appeared in various films and also had roles in British shows such as Hollyoaks and Dream Team. Since appearing on Celebrity Big Brother in 2005, Caprice has also featured on reality shows including Celebs On The Farm.

Love Island's Maura Higgins sports a salmon hoodie and leggings after Dancing On Ice training

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