DANCING On Ice is having a massive shake-up this year – as they scrap the backstage rink with Jordan Banjo and replace “at least three or four” professional skaters with new faces.
The show will also see Torvill and Dean return to the ice to perform for fans after the duo failed to skate once last year.
Insiders tell The Sun Online that while popular judge Ashley Banjo will return, his brother Jordan won’t present the backstage rink segment despite being a huge hit with viewers.
“Jordan was brilliant, but there have been changes to his schedule that mean he’s unavailable to film next year, so he’ll be axed from the format,” says the source.
“There will be a lot of new faces on the ice, too. Ale Izquierdo, who skated with Max Evans in this year’s show, won’t return, neither will Melody Le Moal, who was partnered with Lemar.
“Show bosses are bringing in new professionals to shake things up.”
And, the show insider says, Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean will pull on their ice skates and return to the ice to perform after taking a year off last year.
“Everyone who watches the show wants to see them skate their famous Bolero and demand was huge for them to do it again – they were massively missed by viewers on the ice last year,” says the insider.
Sources say the backstage area is now relegated to warm ups and training and won’t appear on-screen now.
Dancing On Ice recently announced the full line up of celebrity skaters who’ll take to the ice in 2019, including Gemma Collins, Love Island’s Wes Nelson, X Factor star Saara Alto, Neighbours actor Mark Little and former Strictly pro James Jordan.
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Karen Barber will return to the judging panel alongside Jason Gardiner, as well as Torvill and Dean.
Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield will also return to present the show.
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