Fans of ITV’s Dancing on Ice were of course disappointed to learn that the forthcoming series of the show – which airs in 2014 – would be its last…
However, the good news is that the Dancing on Ice swansong is set to be an all-star affair featuring several of the show’s former winners and contestants who’ll compete for “the ultimate prize” of being named the all-time best.
Metro reports that the ninth and final series will air early next year with Phillip Schofield and Christine Bleakley returning as the show’s presenters.
Olympic skating champs Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean will also return to train the celebrities, and in addition, will be celebrating the 30th anniversary of their gold-medal winning Bolero routine.
Of the new series, Phillip said, “Viewers are in for an absolute treat this year…
“I’m over the moon we’ll be welcoming back to the ice some of our very best skaters and characters from over the years.”
So who might we expect to return to the show? Well, the first ever winner, Gaynor Faye – who’s currently starring in ITV soap Emmerdale – will most likely be back, as might other victors Kyran Bracken, Suzanne Shaw, former X Factor star Ray Quinn, ex-soap actress Hayley Tamaddon, EastEnders star Sam Attwater, Gaynor’s Emmerdale co-star Matthew Wolfenden and last year’s winner, Olympian Beth Tweddle.
Who would be your Dancing on Ice dream team? Let us know, but for now, here’s a reminder of ITV’s official announcement about the end of the show…
After eight years on our screens ITV, Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean have announced that the 2014 series of Dancing on Ice will be the last.
ITV’s Director of Television, Peter Fincham said: “Dancing on Ice has been a firm favourite with viewers and we all have every intention of going out on a high next year.”
Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean said: “Next year will be the 30th anniversary of Bolero and our Olympic Gold medal in Sarajevo and for us, it seemed a fitting time to say goodbye to Dancing on Ice. We wanted to go out on a high.
“We have loved every minute of the eight series and we’re determined to make our final series the best ever.”
For those of you fretful to see Torvill and Dean hanging up their skates, fear not. The skating duo went on to reveal: “Skating will very definitely continue for us both. There will also be a final Dancing on Ice live UK arena tour, starting in March next year. We are already planning it and there will be some great surprises for audiences across the country.”
Peter Fincham added: “Torvill and Dean are the most successful ice dancing partnership of our generation and brought huge integrity, skill and professionalism to the show and with their departure, it feels like the series has reached its natural end.”
The final series of Dancing on Ice will be back in January 2014 to warm up your winter nights and promises to be the biggest and best ever.
Get ready for more of your favourite celebrities performing sensational skating routines with top choreography and lots of surprises.
Are you going to miss Dancing on Ice? Here’s a look at last year’s series…