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'Dancing On Ice' 2018: Will Jason Gardiner Return For New Series?

The skating show returns next year.

15/09/2017 09:19 BST

Ever since ITV confirmed that ‘Dancing On Ice’ is coming back in 2018, there’s only been one question on our lips: will Jason Gardiner be back on the judging panel?

It’s already been revealed that this time around, Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean will be making a step over to the judging table, rather than acting as coaches as they did in the show’s first incarnation.

This prompted even more speculation about whether the acid-tongued judge would be returning.

Well, The Sun appears to have the answer, reporting that Jason will be back for the new series.

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Jason Gardiner

An insider told the newspaper: Producers know that he provides real entertainment value, even if he can be really harsh.

“He’s a natural TV personality and brings a pantomime villain character to the table, as well as being a genuine expert in his field.

“Everyone’s really excited about his big return, but are braced for fireworks.”

Jason’s original run on the show saw him go down as one of the UK’s harshest talent show judges ever, famously reducing Karen Barber to tears with one his cutting remarks about why she wasn’t with him on the panel.

He also faced criticism when he told Lauren Goodger she resembled a “walrus” dancing on the ice, and sparked a telling-off from Denise Welch’s ex-husband Tim Healy when he was less than favourable about her ice dancing abilities.

‘Dancing On Ice’ is slated to return to ITV in January, with rumoured contestants including ‘Love Island’ winner Kem Cetinay, former royal butler Paul Burrell and Kim Kardashian’s ex, Ray J.

Katie Price was also widely tipped to be taking part, though recent issues in her personal life have cast doubt on her involvement.

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