The host, 40, used her children’s water bottles to hide the beverage into the event – which she shared with co-presenter Phillip Schofield.
The 2021 show was full of difficulties, including injury and was forced off the air at one point, causing Phil, 59, and Holly to turn to sipping on G&Ts in the final ad break of the series.
Cheeky: Holly Willoughby, 40, has revealed that she smuggled gin into last year’s Dancing On Ice final after ‘stressful’ series; pictured March 2021
Holly revealed: ‘Last year because of Covid we weren’t allowed a wrap party so I snuck in two of my kids’ water bottles with their names on.’
She went on: ‘Nobody could see what was inside, and I filled them up with gin and tonics, one for Phil and one for me, and in the last ad break before the end, I was like, “we can bring out the gin now.”‘
‘We both sat there and had a gin and tonic. We don’t do this on every ad break but for the final there was no wrap party and after the last series we all needed it.’
Last series, the show was thrust into chaos on numerous occasions as viewers saw the departure of Denise van Outen, Billie Faiers and Jason Donovan following injury.
Fun: The host used her children’s water bottles to hide the beverage into the event – which she shared with co-presenter Phillip Schofield
Judge Christopher Dean explained: ‘Last year practice got pushed – squeezed – whereas this year the celebrities have gone through the process of getting introduced to the ice longer.
‘They have a period with a coach, then they have a period with their partners, and so I think they’re pretty well established into what they’re doing now. So from an injury point of view I believe that they’re ready to go.’
In 2021 contestants were forced to form a ‘bubble’ with their partners due to Covid restrictions and it was filmed without a live audience.
Both reserve contestants had to be used for the first time in the shows history as three celebrities were forced to withdraw and two tested positive for the virus.
Eek: Last series, the show was thrust into chaos on numerous occasions as viewers saw the departure of Denise van Outen, Billie Faiers and Jason Donovan (pictured) following injury
Denise van Outen, 47, sustained an injury in the second week after she suffered three bone fractures and a partially dislocated shoulder.
Billie Faiers, 31, became the second to withdraw from the competition as she sustained a head injury during training.
Australian actor Jason Donovan, 53, was also forced to leave due to a back injury, in week 6 of the show.
The long-running ITV show returns on January 16th, with stars including Love Island’s Liberty Poole, Coronation Street’s Sally Dyvenor and former S Club 7 singer Rachel Stevens all hoping to avoid any slip-ups after spending much of the winter rehearsing on ice rinks across the country.
The new series of Dancing on Ice starts this Sunday at 6.30pm on ITV.
Here we go: The long-running ITV show returns on January 16th, with stars including Love Island’s Liberty Poole, Coronation Street’s Sally Dyvenor and former S Club 7 singer Rachel Stevens
Dancing On Ice 2022: Who are the celebrities?
Profession: Olympics BMX rider
Kye says: ‘I’d love to see if I can make the final because I’m very competitive.’
Rachel says: ‘It now feels really real, this is really happening. I’m so excited, obviously really nervous.’
Profession: Love Island star
Liberty says: ‘I ice skate as a hobby sometimes so I can get around the rink but I can’t do any tricks’
Stef says: ‘I’m going to be a contestant on Dancing on Ice and it’s a little bit scary but I cannot wait!’
Regan says: ‘I love dancing but it’s the skill of this. I’ve always wanted to do it. Always! Ever since I was a kid!’
Profession: Pussycat Dolls singer
Kimberly says: ‘I’m just excited to see what I can do on there. I’m up for a challenge!’
Brendan says: ‘I’ve known I’d be doing the show for quite some time and I want to get started, I’m so excited to be on the show.’
Profession: Rugby player
Ben says: ‘I like the idea of learning a new sport and a new skill. I’m quite competitive as well.’
Profession: Coronation Street actress
Sally says: ‘This is a massive challenge. I’m so scared! I’ve just got to take every opportunity I get.’
Profession: Happy Mondays
Bez says: ‘I’m always up for a challenge and am already in training on the ice.’
Ria says: ‘It will be brilliant to learn a new scary skill.’