It’s nearly that time of year again where a whole host of skating pros and their celebrity counterparts will take to the ice to add a sparkle to our January in hit show Dancing On Ice.
The start date of the highly-anticipated show has been confirmed by ITV and it will be going ahead despite the cast’s fears over the coronavirus.
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ITV tweeted: “Confirmed: Dancing on Ice returns Sunday 17 January at 6pm on ITV.
“Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby once again return to present the show and the expert Ice Panel of Torvill and Dean, John Barrowman and Ashley Banjo.”
Each week twelve celebrities will skate live with their pro partners in a bid to impress both the panel and the viewers.
There’s a hot lineup of celebrities this year, with the likes of Rebekah Vardy, Billie Faiers, Jason Donovan and Joe-Warren Plant skating onto the ice.
The pros and their partners have been already been training for months on the ice in a bid to be crowned champion.
However there have been reports the celebs and skaters are nervous about everything coming together for the live shows.
A source told The Sun: “Everyone is worried to be honest. “They can’t practise and the celebs are nowhere near the standard they usually are.
“There’s people scrambling around backstage with no real idea how it’s going to come together. It’s a bit of a mess!”
Despite this, rules have been put in place to manage the celebrities and their partners during filming.
An ITV spokesperson said: “We have stringent protocols in place to ensure the health and safety of all our contributors and staff which are routinely monitored and updated to reflect the current guidelines.”
Getting ahead of the game, former TOWIE star Billie Faiers wowed fans with some behind-the-scenes footage of her skating.
The Mummy Diaries star reposted footage of herself performing from skating partner Mark Hanretty’s Instagram Stories.
Meanwhile, Emmerdale star Joe-Warren Plant and pro partner Vanessa Baeur have been getting hours of practice under their belts.
This has been followed with reports that Joe has fallen victim to the Dancing On Ice curse.
The star broke up with his girlfriend Nicole and moved in with his mum following a reportedly intense row over the amount of time he’s been spending with his DOI partner Vanessa.
A source told The Sun : “Joe has been staying at his mum’s place in Blackpool after moving out but of course he still has training commitments because the show will be starting very soon.”