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Vanessa Bauer is back on Dancing on Ice this year, and this time her partner is Joe-Warren Plant. But who is Vanessa, what's her nationality and how old is the skater?
Vanessa has been a professional on the skating show since 2018 and now at 24 years old she’s returning to the competition as it goes ahead amid the coronavirus pandemic.
With a brand new celebrity partner under her guidance, Vanessa will be back on screens, but who is Vanessa? Who is her boyfriend and where is she from? Here are five facts on the skating pro…
Vanessa is a professional figure skater, acrobatic and choreographer who has had a full career performing, including on cruise ships.
Originally from Berlin in Germany, Vanessa is amongst the DOI champions after winning in 2018 with Jake Quickenden.
Vanessa is 24 years old – her birthday is 23 May 1996.
For series 13 in 2021, Vanessa is partnered with Joe-Warren Plant, an 18-year-old Emmerdale actor.
Vanessa understandably keeps her private life out of the spotlight, but she's reportedly dating personal trainer Rory McCall.
She was previously in a long-term relationship with circus performer Louis Nathaniel, who she dated for two and a half years before calling it quits in 2019.
Awkward much? Wes Nelson’s girlfriend at the time Megan Barton Hanson hit out at the professional on Instagram just hours after their first performance on the ice in 2019.
Megan ranted, alongside a pouting selfie, “Love that you decide to announce your breakup with your boyfriend on the night of your first performance with my boyfriend.”
It wasn’t the first or last time Vanessa was speculated to be at the centre of her dance partner’s split, after 2018 partner Jake Quickenden split from girlfriend Danielle Fogarty a month after they hit the rink.
And ahead of the 2021 series, her partner Joe-Warren Plant split from his long-term girlfriend Nicole Hadlow.
However, Vanessa has addressed this in a recent interview, telling the tabloids: “I can understand why my partners’ girlfriends find it difficult. We spend so much time together rehearsing.
"We’re telling a story on the ice, and it’s nothing more than that, but you have to try to come across as genuine.”