James ‘Arg’ Argent is in advanced talks to take part in ‘Dancing on Ice’.
The 32-year-old reality star – whose on/off girlfriend Gemma Collins finished eighth on last year’s show, and clashed with then-judge Jason Gardiner throughout the series – is said to have started roller skating to improve his balance ahead of trying out for the ice skating programme, and he has told close pals about the opportunity.
A source said: "’Dancing On Ice’ bosses are interested in Arg – he’s a lovely bloke and is a popular guy.
"They think he shows real potential but obviously he needs to prove he’s serious about taking part.
"He has told close friends about ‘Dancing on Ice’ and said he’d love to get out and try it."
Arg revealed last month he was addicted to cocaine, which led to him suffering two near-fatal overdoses in 2019, and it is thought he may have to take drug tests "to prove he is clean" if he signs up for the skating show.
The source added to The Sun newspaper’s Bizarre TV column: "His issues with drug use in the past have been well documented and there has been talk of him having to have drug tests if he signs up to the show to prove he is clean.
"Arg knows it’s not an easy show to take part in but he’s more than willing to give it a go."
Earlier this month, James admitted he was keen to ditch his reality TV star tag and be taken seriously as a celebrity wedding singer in the future.
He said: "Instead of being James ‘Arg’ Argent Reality TV Star, I want to be known as James ‘Arg’ Argent The Celebrity Wedding Singer."