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

Dancing on Ice returns on Sunday after taking a short one-week break, with the remaining five contestants stepping back into the rink in a bid to impress the judging panel.

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The Dancing on Ice 2021 line-up has faced a number of drop-outs throughout the competition, with five celebrities withdrawing after either testing positive for coronavirus or injuring themselves in practice.

This week, Jason Donovan became the latest contestant to pull out of the show, after suffering a back injury – while earlier today, ITV announced that the Dancing on Ice final would be brought forward by a week to Sunday 14th March.

With just five celebrities remaining in the competition, this year’s series has raised the question of how many more early exits Dancing on Ice can survive – but the show must go on and the line-up will be picking up from where they left off in Movie Week.

Here’s everything you need to know about the 2021 series.

When is Dancing on Ice on?

The next episode of Dancing on Ice is on ITV on Sunday 28th February 2021 at 6pm.

It’s Movie Week on the show, so expect blockbuster themed routines.

It will also see the fifth celebrity eliminated from the 2021 series following the skate-off. But, who will it be…?

When did Dancing on Ice 2021 start?

The 13th series started on Sunday 17th January 2021 at 6pm.

Despite reports of several crew members testing positive for COVID-19 circulating ahead of the show, ITV responded by confirming that the show would go ahead as planned, 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.”

When is the Dancing on Ice final?

Towards the end of February, ITV announced that it would be moving the Dancing on Ice final forward by a week, with the episode scheduled to take place on Sunday 14th March.

“Our production team and cast have delivered a fantastic show during incredibly challenging times,” an ITV spokesperson said. “Continuing to make the best TV for our viewers is our top priority and we look forward to the rest of the series.”

The current series of Dancing on Ice has suffered various withdrawals from its celebrity line-up due to either positive coronavirus tests or injuries, with Denise van Outen, Rufus Hound, Billie Shepherd, Joe-Warren Plant and Jason Donovan pulling out of the competition.

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

The line-up originally started with 12 celebs, however, there have been two new additions along the way due to Denise Van Outen’s injury and Rufus Hound’s positive Covid results.

You can view a full list of contestants below:

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

Finish champion Alexandra Shauman and her husband, Polish skater Łukasz Różycki will be returning to the competition.

Professional skaters Andy Buchanan, Brendyn Hatfield, Joe Johnson, and Karina Manta 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.

British champion Hamish Gaman previously appeared on the series, but had to drop out due to an injury sustained off the ice.

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
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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.

Rufus Hound received the first Golden Ticket of the series, and Sonny Jay received the second, and is now safe from the eliminations.

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.

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Dancing on Ice series 13 returns to ITV on Sunday, February 28th. You can also check out what else is on with our TV Guide.