Dancing on Ice

Series 11 - Episode 1

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Review

If nothing else, Dancing on Ice does a half-decent job of scratching that glitterball-sized itch left behind after Christmas. This year – the second series since ITV resurrected it from the TV format graveyard – there are a few cheeky nods to Strictly Come Dancing, with both Pussycat Doll Melody Thornton (wonder where they got that idea?) and former Strictly professional James Jordan signed up to compete.

As ever, it’s a real motley crew. There are soap stars in Corrie’s Jane Danson, Neighbours’ Mark Little and EastEnders’ Richard Blackwood along with singers Saara Aalto (X Factor 2016 finalist) and Westlife star Brian McFadden. But most bizarrely brilliant of the lot is actress Didi Conn. Yes, Frenchie from Grease is doing Dancing on Ice.

Summary

Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby host the celebrity skating challenge, joined by judges Christopher Dean, Jayne Torvill, Ashley Banjo and Jason Gardiner This year's celebrity contestants are Gemma Collins (The Only Way Is Essex), comedian Richard Blackwood, Coronation Street's Jane Danson, cricketer Ryan Sidebottom, Didi Conn (Grease), Westlife's Brian McFadden, presenter Saira Khan, Love Island's Wes Nelson, former Pussycat Dolls member Melody Thornton, dancer James Jordan, singer Saara Aalto and Neighbours star Mark Little.

Cast & Crew

Host Holly Willoughby
Host Phillip Schofield
Coach Christopher Dean
Judge Jayne Torvill
Judge Jason Gardiner
Judge Ashley Banjo
Contestant Gemma Collins
Contestant Richard Blackwood
Contestant Jane Danson
Contestant Ryan Sidebottom
Contestant Didi Conn
Contestant Brian McFadden
Contestant Saira Khan
Contestant Wes Nelson
Contestant Melody Thornton
Contestant James Carroll Jordan
Contestant Saara Aalto
Contestant Mark Little
Executive Producer Clodagh O'Donoghue
Series Director Nikki Parsons
Series Producer Anna Dunkley
Series Producer Sam Rees-Jones
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