Dancing On Ice is returning to ITV after in the New Year after a three-year break.
The news was confirmed on This Morning by Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield who actually first met while working as hosts on the show back in 2006.
Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean (aka British Olympic skating legends Torvill and Dean) announced the news along with their comeback to the show.
There are set to be some major changes to the frozen equivalent to Strictly. Most notably, Torvill and Dean will be head judges.
Previously they were mentors who helped train and choreograph, rather than directly judging the competitors.
In an official statement, Torvill and Dean said: “We are thrilled that Dancing On Ice is returning to ITV next year and delighted to announce our new roles on the judging panel.
“The show struck such a huge chord with the viewers ever since it launched in 2006, with many of them taking up skating as a result.
“We can’t wait to be back on screen in 2018, with a bigger and better series for a brand new audience.”
Speaking about their new roles as judges, Dean explained: “We’re probably the most qualified ‘virgin judges’. Honest judges, good honest judges, we want to critique rather than criticise.”
Although the other judges haven’t been confirmed, Torvill and Dean assured Holly and Phil they’d be a good mix and will certainly have someone involved to fill the classic ‘harsh judge’ role.
Now the celebrities and their professional dancer partners will have to choreograph their own performances, which could see them push the stars harder than ever before.
Some of the show’s original ice skaters will be making a return, along with a host of new faces, the famous duo confirmed. They also confirmed their plans to embark on a nationwide tour after the show has finished.
Another change is the inclusion of two ice rinks – a training rink and studio rink – with a connecting tunnel, which Dean explained he’ll call the “tunnel of glory” or the “tunnel of doom”.
He added: “We’re going to have a new set, a whole new home… purpose built.”
And Phil added that there would be: “New titles, new music, new contemporary look [and] a new set”.
Dancing On Ice, which Schofield dubbed the “most dangerous show on telly” previously saw Brookside star Jennifer Ellison split her head open, along with an infamous wardrobe malfunction from Pamela Anderson. And who could forget Todd Carty’s performances?
Dancing On Ice will return to ITV in 2018.
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