The ice panel is set to melt as Dancing On Ice bosses confirm that former Pussycat Doll and I’m A Celeb runner-up Ashley Roberts is to join the ITV talent show. The American sweetheart will join head judge and former ice skating champ Robin Cousins, Mr Nasty aka Jason Gardiner and judge-turned-coach-turned-judge Karen Barber.
We’re hoping for some Nicole Scherzinger-style Shamazings from Ashley, along with a bit of Pussycat Doll advice – ie. swing your hips more and pout a lot. Well come on, if she can get Rosemary Shrager doing “Don’t cha” in the jungle, we bargain she can get Joe Pasquale doing a bit of bump and grind.
Ashley said: “I’m beyond excited. We have some fantastic names lined up for next year,” adding that working with Torvill and Dean will be a real honour (poor Ant and Dec!).
But Ashley’s appearance on the panel isn’t the one that’s got everyone talking. After Jason told then coach Karen her opinion clearly didn’t matter as she wasn’t on the panel anymore, she’s figuratively given him the finger as she readies herself to settle back into her seat of power. Will Jason take that on the chin? Perhaps, he can be rather cutting with his, ‘Oh you thought that would bother me’ ways. But we shall be waiting eagerly for the first sign of ice picks at dawn.