Dancing on Ice’s Joey Essex shares loved-up photo with Vanessa Bauer ahead of semi-final

DANCING On Ice star Joey Essex looked happier than ever as he posed for a loved-up photo with Vanessa Bauer ahead of the semi-finals.

The reality star, 32, is gearing up for his performance on Sunday night as he returned to the ice for rehearsals.

Joey Essex and Vanessa Bauer looked cosy as they posed for a photoInstagramThe duo are gearing up for their semi-final performanceInstagram

Joey flashed his pearly whites as he smiled for a sweet photo alongside pro partner Vanessa.

She looked in high spirits as she cosied up to the Essex TV star.

Vanessa simply captioned it: “Taking it all in.”

Last month, the pair shocked fans by sharing a kiss on live TV after their dance routine.

They were performing in Dancing On Ice’s movie week to High School Musical’s Breaking Free dressed as lead characters Troy and Gabrielle.

Joey got carried away and went in for a full-on smooch with professional skater Vanessa as the routine came to a close.

The kiss clearly shocked Vanessa, who laughed before joining Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby for the judges scores.

When Phillip brought it up, Joey declared the moment as Vanessa’s “first kiss on TV ever”, with Vanessa remaining silent.

Joey and Vanessa have been fanning rumours of a relationship off the ice ever since they were first partnered together.

Becoming inseparable, both have been seen on a string of “dates” inbetween working on their routines.

However, neither have publicly confirmed it as of yet.

A preview for next week showed that the remaining couples will be skating twice for the semi-finals.

There will be two eliminations during tomorrow’s semi-final show.

The pair shocked fans when they shared a kiss live on airITV