Dancing on Ice 2020: Who is Perri Kiely? Diversity star’s age, career and more facts

9 February 2020, 13:00 | Updated: 9 February 2020, 13:01

Dancing on Ice 2020: Who is Perri Kiely? Diversity star’s age, career and more facts
Dancing on Ice 2020: Who is Perri Kiely? Diversity star’s age, career and more facts. Picture: ITV

By Rory O'Connor

Dancing on Ice 2020 is back for another year, with contestant Perri Kiely hoping to take home the crown.

Partnered with professional skater Vanessa Bauer, the dancer will continue to perform in front of the judges in the hope of being crowned champion.

But who is Perri, how old is he, and what does he do for a job? Here’s everything you need to know:

  1. Who is Perri Kiely?

    Perri Kiely first rose to fame back in 2009 when he won Britain’s Got Talent as part of dance group Diversity.

    As one of the smallest members of the group, Perri was often seen being flung in the air by his fellow group members and backflipping to impress Simon Cowell and his fellow judges on the show.

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    After Diversity won the competition, they performed at the Royal Variety Show and toured extensively.

    Fellow Diversity member Ashley Banjo is now a judge on this year's Dancing on Ice panel.

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  2. What has Perri Kiely been up to since winning Britain's Got Talent?

    After Diversity's win, Perri presented backstage for Got To Dance in 2013, a show Ashley Banjo was also on the judging panel for.

    He then took part in diving contest Splash in 2014, beating Richard Whitehead to win the second series of the competition.

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    Perri then won £12,000 for charity on the celebrity version of Release The Hounds: Jingle Hell.

    In 2017, the dancer took part in Celebs Go Dating, before trying his hand at backing in 2018 for The Great British Bake Off Stand Up to Cancer special.

    Perri impressed Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith and won star baker.

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  3. Is Perri Kiely married and does he have any children?

    No, Perri is not married and is believed to be single.

    Last year, Perri revealed he had spent his Valentine's Day at home with his dog, Barry, and two cats.

    Peri took part in Celebs Go Dating in 2017 and admitted he felt quite nervous when it came to romance at the start of the programme.

    He said: "When Diversity won Britain’s Got Talent I was really young, and in people’s heads I’m trapped in that bubble."

    At the end of the series he said: "Before all of it I overthought everything. Should I do this? Should I not do that? Asking advice from people.

    "I've learnt you've got to completely be yourself and relax. If the person doesn't like you they're not for you… I'm growing as a person, which is really cool."

    Dancing on Ice 2020: Perri Kiely and Vanessa Bauer
    Dancing on Ice 2020: Perri Kiely and Vanessa Bauer. Picture: ITV
  4. What has Perri Kiely said about Dancing on Ice?

    Perri was the seventh celebrity skater confirmed to take part in Dancing on Ice 2020.

    Perri, 24, said: "I've done a couple of training sessions. Not gonna lie, it's hard. It's game face."