15 facts you might not know about Dancing on Ice

Before Ray Quinn, Beth Tweddle and Hayley Tamaddon compete to win the final ever edition of the ITV skating contest, we've compiled some fun figures from the past nine series...

After nine glorious years, Dancing on Ice is coming to an end with the final edition kicking off tonight at 7pm on ITV as Ray Quinn, Beth Tweddle and Hayley Tamaddon vie for the ultimate skating crown. Over the years we’ve seen oodles of sparkles, plenty of stinging judging comments (we’re looking at you, Jason Gardiner) and, well, this…


So, we thought we’d celebrate the show’s history with a few fun facts and figures dating all the way back to 2006, when Gaynor Faye was queen of the ice…

1. The first ever episode of Dancing on Ice was broadcast on 14 January 2006.

2. The first ever celebrity to take to the ice was Sean Wilson aka Martin Platt from Coronation Street.

3. There have been 11 different judges across the nine series but Robin Cousins is the only one to feature since 2006.

4. Philip Schofield has fronted all nine series, joined by Holly Willoughby (1-6) and Christine Bleakley (7-9).

5. Phillip Schofield’s dream Dancing on Ice partner would be the Duchess of Cambridge. Christine Bleakley’s would be head judge Robin Cousins.

6. Coaches Jane Torvill and Christopher Dean have spent over 3,432 hours training contestants on the ice, spending approximately 260 days choreographing over 700 routines.

7. In the last nine years, 111 celebrities have taken part in the competition. They include…

– 34 actors
– 18 TV presenters
– 14 popstars
– 13 Olympians
– 4 news presenters
– 3 footballers
– 3 rugby players
– 2 comedians
– 2 models
– 2 radio DJs
– 2 reality TV stars
– 2 TV personalities
– 2 West End stars
– 1 Baroness
– 1 cricket player
– 1 fitness guru
– 1 free runner
– 1 investigative journalist
– 1 rapper
– 1 tennis player
– 1 TV doctor
– 1 VC Honoured Lance corporal
– 1 weather girl

8. Only two celebrities have had to withdraw from the competition due to injury – Michael Underwood in series three (replaced by Zaraah Abrahams) and Gareth Thomas in series eight.

9. Suzanne Shaw was the first celebrity in Dancing on Ice history to secure full marks, landing a maximum of 30 points twice in the series three finale

10. The dubious record of lowest ever score is held by Corrie’s Steven Anold who landed a dismal seven points twie in series six.

11. Ray Quinn is the only celebrity in the history of the show to receive the highest score and finish top of the leaderboard every week he skated.

12. Bonnie Langford was the first celebrity skater to attempt the head banger move (where celebs are swung by their ankles) and actually did strike her head on the ice.

13. During the nine series, 42 different professional skaters have appeared on the show, with Dan Whiston and Matt Evers the only two to feature every year.

14. Dan also boasts the best track record, appearing in three finals and the only professional skater to have won the competition more than once.

15. The winners of Dancing on Ice are…

Series 1 – Gaynor Faye with professional Dan Whiston
Series 2 – Kyran Bracken with Melanie Lambert
Series 3 – Suzanne Shaw with Matt Evers
Series 4 – Ray Quinn with Maria Filippov
Series 5 – Hayley Tamaddon with Dan Whiston
Series 6 – Sam Attwater with Brianne Delcourt
Series 7 – Matthew Wolfenden with Nina Ulanova
Series 8 – Beth Tweddle with Dan Whiston
Series 9 – TBC tonight!

Don’t miss the final EVER episode of Dancing on Ice – beginning tonight at 7:00pm on ITV