After four years off air, ‘Dancing On Ice’ is sliding its way back onto our screens in 2018.
ITV’s celebrity-pro skating competition was axed after nine series in 2014 amid falling ratings, but bosses are having a second stab at it with a new revamped version, which promises to try and recapture the show’s glory days.
Here’s all we can tell you about the ‘DOI’ reboot...
When does it start?
The 10th series of ‘Dancing On Ice’ begins on Sunday 7 January at 6pm on ITV.
Who is hosting?
Christine Lampard (neé Bleakley) will not be coming back despite presenting the final three series alongside Phillip.
He insisted Christine was not offended at not being offered her old job back, saying at the show’s press launch: “Christine is one of the nicest people I have ever met. Nobody in television is more thoughtful than Christine, which is why when it was announced that Holly was coming back to do the show, the first person that got in touch was Christine.
“She texted saying, ‘Oh my gosh, this is so exciting, please tell me I can come and watch?’
“I love Christine. We’re all mates, me, her and Holly, we all go out together.”
Who are the judges?
The acid-tongued Jason Gardiner is the only returning judge from the original series, with Jane Torvill and Christopher Dean swapping their roles as coaches to the contestants to become fully-fledged judges.
The trio will be joined on the panel by ‘DOI’ newcomer and Diversity dance troupe leader Ashley Banjo, who previously served as a judge on Sky One’s ‘Got To Dance’, after winning ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ in 2009.
Jason has also promised to be as mean as ever to the new contestants, saying: “What I am there to do is say how they can be better. People may have exception with the way I do that but there is a method to my meanness. I am a pussycat compared to half the people who trained me!
“Tough love does drive you to be better. It makes or breaks you. Some of them can take the criticism and improve whilst others get freaked out and crushed by it. Therefore it is goodbye to them.”
What is the line-up?
There are 12 brave stars taking to the ice this year. ’Coronation Street’ actors Anthony Cotton and Brooke Vincent lead the way, alongside ‘Hollyoaks’ star Stephanie Waring, Good Morning Britain’s weather presenter Alex Beresford, Love Islander Kem Cetinay, former ‘Great British Bake Off’ champ Candice Brown, singer Lemar, rugby player Max Evans, former ‘X Factor’ contestant Jake Quickenden, Olympian Perri Shakes-Drayton, presenter Donna Air and Bucks Fizz member Cheryl Baker.
Cricketer Monty Panesar was originally due to take part, but had to pull out after breaking his ankle during training. He was replaced by Lemar.
Who are the professionals?
Dan Whiston, Brianna Delcourt, Matt Evers and Sylvain Longchambon are the only four returning pros from the last series, with Matt and Dan having appeared since the very first series.
They will be joined by newcomers Mark Hanretty, Alex Murphy, Brandee Malto, Ale Izquierdo, Melody Le Moal, Vanessa Bauer, Hamish Gaman and Matej Silecky.
Mark and Alex were last minute additions to the line-up as skaters Meg Marschall and Lloyd Jones left the show after beginning training with Kem Cetinay and Donna Air respectively.
The pair were a former couple and reports suggested they had been locked in furious rows behind the scenes, with an ITV spokesperson stating they had “left the show for personal reasons”.
What are the pairings?
- Donna Air and Mark Hanretty
- Cheryl Baker and Dan Whiston
- Alex Beresford and Brianne Delcourt
- Candice Brown and Matt Evers
- Kem Cetinay and Alex Murphy
- Antony Cotton and Brandee Malto
- Max Evans and Ale Izquierdo
- Lemar and Melody Le Moal
- Jake Quickenden and Vanessa Bauer
- Perri Shakes-Drayton and Hamish Gaman
- Brooke Vincent and Matej Silecky
- Stephanie Waring and Sylvain Longchambon
How have they been getting on in training?
As you can see from the video below, it has been a mixed bag so far, with a lot of trips and falls, which should make for interesting viewing when the series starts.
Is there a spin-off show?
There is no ITV2 spin-off series, but Jordan Banjo (aka Ashley’s little brother and ‘I’m A Celebrity’ 2016 campmate) will be going behind-the-scenes as DOI’s digital presenter, with content posted on their Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube accounts.
How can I vote?
As well as the usual telephone vote, for the first time in ‘Dancing On Ice’ history, free voting will be introduced via the official app, with users having five free votes to use each week.
Is there a trailer?
You’ve probably seen it already given ITV has been promoting DOI’s comeback for months now, but just in case you haven’t, here’s this year’s advert, which features two adorable dancing polar bears.