14/12/2012 08:03 GMT

'Dancing On Ice' Return Date Confirmed For 6 January

'Dancing On Ice' will return on 6 January, ITV has confirmed.

The ice skating contest's 2013 celebrity line-up is rumoured to include Pamela Anderson, Anthea Turner, 'Coronation Street's' Samia Ghadie, former 'EastEnders' actor Matt Lapinskas, gymnast Beth Tweddle, 'The Only Way is Essex' star Lauren Goodger, rugby player Gareth Thomas, singer Dionne Bromfield and comic Joe Pasquale.

jason gardiner

Jason Gardiner

Last week the show revealed that its line-up of professional skaters has been overhauled. Bosses have reportedly axed eight professional skaters in a bid to improve the show.

Sharp-tongued judge Jason Gardiner last month announced he is officially returning to 'Dancing On Ice' as a judge, but won't be toning down his harsh comments.

Despite being axed and replaced by Louis Spence earlier this year, the dancer told The Huffington Post UK he won't change his abrasive language: "They know what they are getting with me. They're inviting me back because clearly they miss that.

"I'm still going to be honest and give my honest critique, that's all I've ever done and that's what I will continue to do."