Denise Van Outen has announced that she'll be partnered with Matt Evers on the upcoming series of Dancing On Ice.
Matt, 44, surprised Denise, 46, during an appearance at Proud Embankment in London on Saturday night, where the news was revealed as they shared the stage.
The news comes after it was reported that competitor Rebekah Vardy had hoped to be paired with the openly gay skater to avoid any possible cheating rumours.
Partnership: Denise Van Outen has announced that she'll be partnered with Matt Evers on the upcoming series of Dancing On Ice. Pictured together on Saturday night
Giving a taste of what's to come, Denise looked sensational in a black sequinned bustier with a red waistcoat while Matt joined her in a red and black suit.
After the pair embraced – with an assurance from Denise that they're both tested and coronavrius-free – Matt got down on one knee and asked: 'Denise will you be my ice skating partner for Dancing On Ice 2020?'
'Yes I will!' Denise excitedly responded, before taking to Instagram the following day to share the news with her followers.
Reports: The news comes after it was reported that competitor Rebekah Vardy had hoped to be paired with the openly gay skater to avoid any possible cheating rumours
Sharing footage of the moment on Sunday morning, Denise wrote: 'Last night @proudembankment was pretty special for me. I found out who my ice pro is for the next few months. @themattevers ⛸❤️. I am so HAPPY!! I adore Matt.
'I literally cannot wait to get into skate school with my new teacher and knuckle down to work. I promise to be a good student and to always listen & learn Matt, because you’re the best and you rock!
'Come and lockdown with my family in Chelmsford and let’s create some lovely memories. Skate School starts this coming week. Bring it on! @dancingonice @itv.'
She added: '(For the record. Matt and I were both tested before our meet/embrace. We are now in a bubble so we can work together. Matt will be moving into our home for maximum safety) @dancingonice #mattevers #bubble #staysafe.'
Stage: Matt, 44, surprised Denise, 46, during an appearance at Proud Embankment in London on Saturday night, where the news was revealed as they shared the stage
On bended knee: Matt got down on one knee and asked: 'Denise will you be my ice skating partner for Dancing On Ice 2020?' The star excitedly answered 'yes'
For his part, Matt took to the image-sharing platform to upload a snap of the pair together onstage that night, as he expressed his own excitement.
He wrote: 'Can not tell you how excited and nervous I was. It was quite emotional to surprise @vanouten_denise on stage and actually hug someone.
'After being in the UK since the end of last series and not being able to see my family for a year and isolating for the past few weeks to create our bubble and getting to skate with a familiarly beautiful face is a blessing.
'Thank you @itv and our @dancingonice team for making this show happen during a pandemic. I hope @vanouten_denise and I and the rest of the cast can bring some joy and sparked to your living room come January.'
MailOnline has contacted a representative for Dancing On Ice for comment.
Special night: Sharing footage of the moment on Sunday morning, Denise wrote, 'Last night @proudembankment was pretty special for me.... I am so HAPPY!! I adore Matt'
The news comes after 38-year-old competitor Rebekah, who is married to footballer Jamie Vardy, was said to have been eager to be paired up with Matt.
Matt was paired with Ian 'H' Watkins in the 2020 series in the competition's first ever same-sex pairing.
It was alleged that Rebekah was hoping to be paired with the professional to stop any potential romance rumours from spreading.
A source told The Sun on Sunday: 'Becky loves Matt. He's one of the most famous skaters on the show and he's gay, which means she can spend all her time training and on routines without being linked to him romantically.
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'She's really happy in her relationship with Jamie and doesn't want anything to rock the boat. She thinks they'd have a winning partnership and could go all the way.'
MailOnline contacted a representative for Rebekah Vardy at the time for comment.
Meanwhile, a show source told MailOnline: 'There is no truth to this at all. No such conversations took place. Show producers decide the skating partnership.'
Rebekah and Jamie have