Dancing on Ice returned to ITV after a four-year break this weekend – but viewers weren’t exactly convinced by the show’s first episode.
The rebooted series saw former coaches Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean taking a break from the ice to sit on the judging panel, alongside the show’s resident ‘Mr Nasty’ Jason Gardiner and newcomer Ashley Banjo.
Some felt that the choreography – which Torvill and Dean were formerly in charge of – wasn’t quite the same either.
#DancingOnIce loved having @torvillanddean back on tv, but please god @ITV get them back at the helm where they belong!They should be skating & choreographing those pro routines! 🙏⛸ it's not the same without them!
Judge Jason Gardiner caused controversy with his week one comments too. “I started to watch and that terrible and nasty Jason was so unnecessarily rude to ‘Sean’ [Antony Cotton] that I turned off immediately. I tried for 5 mins later but there he was again,” wrote Frances Green on Facebook.
Dancing on Ice is back after a four-year break – are you happy to see the celebs skating on a Sunday night again?Cast your vote and have your say!
That’s not to say the show didn’t have fans, though. 55% of RadioTimes.com readers polled said they were happy to have the series back on their TV screens.
“I’m enjoying it,” wrote Caroline Shepherdson on Facebook. “Takes a bit of getting into, like every other show, but looking forward to the next 10 weeks.”
“They replaced it with a load of rubbish when they axed it, so its nice to see something actually decent on ITV during a Sunday night again,” said Sean Bassett.
Janet Shaw was full of admiration for the new skaters. “I used to skate and believe me Dancing On Ice is a hundred times more difficult than that Strictly show,” she commented.
don’t understand why they cancelled #DancingOnIce in the first place, it’s great programme. love that show, love torvill and dean. very glad jason gardiner is still judging, i remember when he was bald lmao
Well I was briefly pleased to see #DancingOnIce back. Didn't last long. 2 hours for 6 dancers. Horrendous voiceover guy. Awful backstage "action." Torville & Dean judges with little to say. Shan't be tuning in again.
I have to say I was so looking forward to this but it was absolutely awful! Concept all wrong, torvill and dean to good to be JUST judges! Screens round ice showing graphics takes away from dancing. Not sure I will be watching again! #DancingOnIce
There was ONE thing the majority seemed to agree on though – Hollyoaks actress Stephanie Waring was RadioTimes.com readers’ top pick to leave the competition after week one. She proved the least popular among readers, 26% of whom voted to send her home.
Stephanie Waring in Dancing on Ice 2018 (ITV)
However, Waring and her partner Sylvain Longchambon narrowly avoided an early exit, with Great British Bake Off winner Candice Brown (who was RadioTimes.com readers’ second choice to send home) selected to face the first skate off of the series next Sunday night.