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15/02/2021 19:26 GMT | Updated 15/02/2021 19:37 GMT

Dancing On Ice 'Paused' By ITV After Fourth Contestant Forced To Quit Series

ITV has said they felt it was "prudent to take a week’s break at this juncture", after four contestants were forced to quit the show.

ITV has announced that they are putting Dancing On Ice on “pause” for a week, after what’s proved to be a shaky series for the long-running skating show.

Last week, Emmerdale star Joe-Warren Plant became the fourth contestant to quit the 13th series of Dancing On Ice, after he and his skating partner Vanessa Bauer tested positive for Covid-19.

On Sunday night’s show, Jason Donovan was also absent, after being advised by medics to take a week out, due to ongoing back pain.

In a statement, ITV said: ”[We have] taken the decision to pause Dancing on Ice this week and there will be no live show on Sunday 21 February.

“Each week our production team and cast have delivered a fantastic show during incredibly challenging times. The welfare of all of those involved is important to us and we felt it prudent to take a week’s break at this juncture.”

They added: “Continuing to make the best TV for our viewers is of paramount importance to us and we look forward to resuming the competition next week, with the show back live on Sunday 28 February.”

In place of the usual live show, a one-off special titled Dancing On Ice: The Greatest Show On Ice will air on Sunday, looking back at Dancing On Ice’s most memorable moments ever.

Prior to Joe-Warren’s exit, reality star Billie Shepherd had to bow out early when she suffered a concussion during rehearsals, a week after missing a live show due to a personal bereavement.

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Joe-Warren Plant and Vanessa Bauer on Dancing On Ice.

West End performer and TV personality Denise Van Outen previously quit the series when she fractured her shoulder on the ice, while comedian Rufus Hound also stepped down when he tested positive for Covid-19.

Six celebrities remain in the competition, including rapper Lady Leshurr, former soap star Faye Brookes and Olympian Colin Jackson.

Also competing are media personality Rebekah Vardy and radio presenter Sonny Jay.