Dancing on Ice 2021 start date, celebrity line-up and judges

Everything you need to know about the 13th series.

Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield

Get ready to see a group of celebrities gliding onto the ice as Dancing on Ice makes its return.


The 13th series will kick off on Sunday 17th January and will see the first six celebrities take to the ice with their professional skating partners.

Skating in Week One will be Jason Donovan and his partner Alexandra Schauman, Denise Van Outen and Matt Evers, Rebekah Vardy and Andy Buchanan, Joe-Warren Plant and Vanessa Bauer and Lady Leshurr and Brendyn Hatfield.

Also joining them in the ice rink will be Rufus Hound and his partner Robnin Johnstone. Hound was originally meant to take part in Week Two, however, was brought forward following an accident.

The Dancing on Ice accident caused Graham Bell’s partner Yebin to pull out of first shows, as she she sustained a laceration in her leg from the blade of an ice skate.

Bell will compete in the second week along with Karina Mantras, who will fill in for Yebin while she recovers.

Following the incident, Dancing on Ice’s Rebekah Vardy opened up about injuring her pro partner, saying: “I know what Graham was going through.”

Meanwhile, Joe-Warren Plant revealed advice from former Dancing on Ice winner and on-screen dad Matthew Wolfenden.

He said: “Matthew who plays my dad on Emmerdale, he won it a few years back, so I’ve been talking to him about it and the advice he’s given me was to just enjoy it!”

While there have been doubts as to whether the show will go ahead during the pandemic – with reports of crew members testing positive for COVID-19 making headlines this week – ITV has assured fans that the series will still kick-off this weekend due to the “robust set of measures in place”.

In the run-up to Dancing on Ice 2021, ITV has teased the upcoming series with first-look pics of the line-up, showing the likes of Colin Jackson, Denise Van Outen and Myleene Klass posing on the ice.

The channel has also revealed the Dancing on Ice COVID changes in place to ensure the safety of cast and crew – but what exactly are these measures?

As series 13 kicks off, here’s everything you need to know about Dancing on Ice 2021, including all the coronavirus-related measures and a new format change known as the ‘Golden Ticket’, which will see two couples saved from elimination.

When will Dancing on Ice 2021 start?

The 13th series will kick off on Sunday 17th January 2021 at 6pm.

While reports of several crew members testing positive for COVID-19 have been circulating this week, ITV has responded by confirming that the show will go ahead this weekend and ensuring the safety of all cast and crew members.

Speaking to RadioTimes.com, an ITV spokesperson said: “The welfare of everyone who works on Dancing On Ice is our first priority. We have had a robust set of measures in place ever since work on the series commenced in order to operate safely within COVID-19 guidelines and to ensure the wellbeing of everyone connected with the production.”

Episodes will continue to air on Sunday evenings until the winner is crowned in the grand final.

Dancing on Ice judges and hosts

This Morning’s Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield will reprise their role as hosts on the show while Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean will return as judges.

John Barrowman – who joined the panel on the last series – will also be back on the judging panel, alongside Ashley Banjo.

Dancing on Ice judges
Dancing on Ice judges

Who is in the Dancing on Ice 2021 line-up?

There are 12 stars joining the series, with some pretty big names involved!

You can view a full list of contestants below:

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Dancing on Ice 2021 line-up

Which professional skaters are taking part in Dancing on Ice 2021?

Longtime Dancing on Ice professional Matt Evers will be returning to the competition, as will Finish champion Alexandra Shauman and her husband, Polish skater Łukasz Różycki.

Professional skaters Andy Buchanan, Brendyn Hatfield, Joe Johnson, Karina Manta and British champion Hamish Gaman will also be appearing in the upcoming series, alongside senior bronze medalist Mark Hanretty, Robin Johnstone and Vanessa Bauer.

New additions to the professional line-up include Klabera Komini, Yebin Mok and Disney On Ice star Angela Egan, who’ll be paired up with Capital Breakfast presenter Sonny Jay, Capital FM confirmed.

Have any COVID changes been made to Dancing On Ice 2021?

It looks like some small changes have been made to ensure safety during the pandemic.

New pictures show ITV’s COVID-safe makeover with the judges desk now separated by perspex windows.

Usually the judges sit altogether on one desk, however, this year they’ll be spaced out with a window between them in order to meet social distancing guidelines.

Meanwhile, the show has scrapped its public studio audience – with members of the cast becoming the audience as they watch one another perform from “all-new socially distanced cabaret style tables”. We’ll keep you updated with any more Dancing on Ice COVID changes when we know them.

Dancing on Ice COVID changes
Dancing on Ice COVID changes

What is the Dancing on Ice Golden Ticket?

ITV has announced the judges will be given the opportunity to use a Golden Ticket, which will give a couple a safe pass through to next week’s show and save them from elimination.

So how does it work?

The Golden Ticket will allow a couple to be saved from facing the public vote and therefore elimination.

It will only be in use for the first two weeks, however, and will see one couple per week in the first fortnightly shows receive a pass which will save them from the vote and see them go straight through to the third show.

Of course, the celebs and their partners will be eager to get their hands on the Golden Ticket, with those at the bottom of the leaderboard in Week One and Two at risk of being eliminated.

Dancing on Ice 2021 trailer

Fans were given their first glimpse of this year’s batch of celebs in a promo clip that was released in December 2020, which also confirmed the series start date. Take a look below:

Who won Dancing on Ice 2020?

Last year’s series was won by actor and presenter Joe Swash.

The finale saw Joe and Perri and their respective pro partners Alex Murphy and Vanessa Bauer take to the ring for one last dance, after Libby Clegg just missed out on the final two. Each couple earned perfect scores from the judges, but ultimately, the public vote saw Joe and Alex’s Bolero come out on top.


Dancing on Ice will series 13 starts on ITV on January 17th. You can also check out what else is on with our TV Guide