Christine Bleakley to replace Holly Willoughby on Dancing on Ice

Bleakley will join Phillip Schofield on the show, as Willoughby heads off to host The Voice on BBC1

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Christine Bleakley to replace Holly Willoughby on Dancing on Ice
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Paul Jones

Daybreak presenter Christine Bleakley is to take over from Holly Willoughby as the host of Dancing on Ice when it returns in January.

Bleakley said: “I've always been a total Dancing on Ice addict so it really is hard to sum up how excited I am to be joining the team. 

"My only concern was what a big task it is to follow the brilliant Holly and I can only promise her, Phillip [Schofield] and everyone at home that they couldn't have a bigger fan of the show on board."

Willoughby will continue as co-presenter of This Morning and team captain on ITV2 comedy panel quiz Celebrity Juice, but the former Xtra Factor presenter is quitting the celebrity skating show to front BBC1's X Factor rival The Voice. 

Dancing on Ice co-host Phillip Schofield, who also presents This Morning with Willoughby, said: “I’m absolutely delighted that Christine is on board and I’m really excited about the new series.”

This weekend, tabloid newspapers reported that Bleakley and Daybreak co-presenter Adrian Chiles were set to leave the ITV breakfast show and would be replaced in the new year as part of an overhaul of the programme.

There has so far been no confirmation of the story but if it does turn out to be true, Bleakley at least has something else lined up. Adrian Chiles already fronts ITV’s football coverage and recently completed a run of his own magazine programme That Sunday Night Show.

Dancing on Ice enters its seventh series in 2012. This year’s show averaged 9 million viewers per episode.

ITV director of television Peter Fincham said: “Dancing on Ice continues to be one of ITV1’s most successful entertainment hits and I’m delighted that Christine will be joining Phillip Schofield to host next year’s show.”

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