Cue the sparkly spandex! Dancing on Ice is back on our telly boxes from Sunday 6 January – hurrah!
Now in its 8th series, the bolero jackets really are coming off as nasty judge extraordinaire Jason Gardiner returns to the ice panel. This of course, rather devastatingly, means Louie Spence and his “DARLING!”s have got the boot. He only sent a couple of sarcastic tweets, so we’re sure he’s OK. In fact, we’d put money on it that Louie did a graceful twirl, over-the-head leg kick, shimmy and splits before flouncing out of the ITV studios clutching his P45.
Phillip Schofield returns to the presenting helm, accompanied by Christine Bleakly, who will help guide the wobbly-kneed stars off the ice, while casually mocking them (surely you’ve not forgotten Phillip donning a Corey Feldman-esque clip on hair plait?!). Olympic champions Christopher Dean and Jayne Torvill are back too (what do they do for the rest of the year?), guiding another mismatched bunch through the wonders of ice skating, before showing them how it should be done in their weekly ha-we’re-better-than-you performance.
While it’s said every year, this year’s bunch of celeb contestants really is by far the best. From Pamela Anderson (who frankly, we’re concerned won’t have the correct centre of gravity to put the boots on, let alone skate) to Olympic gymnastics bronze medalist Beth Tweddle, ex-TOWIE star Lauren Goodger and 2005 X Factor winner Shayne Ward, there truly is a plethora of talent to mock, ahem, support and vote for… there’s even another politician trying out the old reality TV card in the form of former Bethnal Green and Bow MP, Oona King.
The ratings suffered last year, so along with a judging panel shake up – although it’s believed Robin Cousins will return as head judge – some of the familiar skaters are out, too. Matt Evers, who last year helped Jorgie Porter skate into the final is back, Jennifer Ellison’s partner Dan Whiston will take to the ice too, along with Brianne Delcourt, who in 2012 stunned with free-running partner Sebastien Foucan. However, DOI faves Frankie, Sean Rice and Jodeyne Higgins are all out. Plus, perhaps most shocking of all, pro skater Nina Ulanova, who last year partnered Dancing on Ice champ Matthew Wolfenden, won’t be returning to the show.
As the celebs’ bruises turn a delightful shade of yellow, take a look at the full line-up for Dancing On Ice 2013: