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The celebrity stars, professional skaters, judges and presenter Phillip Schofield descended on the Natural History Museum’s Ice Rink to launch the 2018 series of the hit ITV show Dancing On Ice.
Series 10 will air on Sunday 7 January on ITV, welcoming twelve celebrities from the world of TV, sport and music. Each will be paired with a professional skater, going head-to-head to take glory at the end of the heated knockout season.
Welcoming the nation’s press to the ice, Philip Schofield (who will be joined on the show by co-presenter Holly Willoughby) introduced the judging panel, which for the first time will include former coaches and Olympic gold medallists Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean.
They’ll be joined by dancer Ashley Banjo, who rose to fame leading dance troupe Diversity to win the third series of Britain’s Got Talent, and returning judge Jason Gardiner – met today by a mixture of approving cheers and occasional jeers as he proclaimed his readiness to criticise any false moves.
The professional dancers performed a spectacular on-ice display, before each of the celebrities (minus Jake Quickenden due to pantomime commitments) took to the ice in public for the very first time.
Check out a teaser of what went down at the ITV Dancing On Ice launch at the Natural History Museum below:
It was a blend of confident strides and a few stumbles, not least from the incredibly likeable Cheryl Baker who clearly has a mountain to climb come the live series. Great British Bake Off winner Candice Brown beamed with confidence, ready to take on the competition from January.
Coronation Street’s Antony Cotton joked of his twenty year friendship with notorious judge Jason Gardiner. When asked whether it would affect the show, a quick glance at the judge’s face answers all. It will clearly be no-holds-barred once the TV season kicks off.
Showing the wear and tear of the practice process, each celebrity expressed their nerves, and their drive to overcome them. There’s not long to go between now and the 7 January 2018 but if one thing is clear, fans are in for an exciting tale of beating the odds.
Dancing On Ice launches on Sunday 7 January 2018 on ITV. Fans are promised a revamp of the established series, with a shake up on the judging panel and a new home. It remains to be seen what else has changed.
The launch saw eleven of the twelve celebrities take to the ice, with X Factor and I’m A Celebrity star Jake Quickenden unavailable due to other commitments.
Here are the celebrities skating for the win:
Stephanie Waring (actor – Hollyoaks)
Antony Cotton (actor – Coronation Street)
Perri Shakes-Drayton (track and field athlete)
Donna Air (TV presenter)
Alex Beresford (Good Morning Britain weather presenter)
Jake Quickenden (singer and TV personality)
Candice Brown (The Great British Bake Off winner)
Max Evans (Rugby star)
Kem Cetinay (Love Island winner)
Cheryl Baker (singer and TV presenter)
Brooke Vincent (actor – Coronation Street)
Each celebrity is teamed up with a professional skater. They are:
Melody Le Moal
Other than being in the new purpose build studios, fans can catch Dancing On Ice live as it tours the UK in March and April 2018.
Jayne Torvill and Christoper Dean will host the tour once more and take up their new roles as Head Judges. The King and Queen of Ice will be on hand to give their expert critical feedback and their all-important scores to the celebrities and their skating partners.
Dancing On Ice The UK Tour are yet to announce the skaters taking part in the live shows. More details are expected to be announced very soon.
The tour is set to kick off at London’s SSE Arena Wembley on the 23 March 2018, running through to five shows at the Birmingham Barclaycard Arena, with a final evening performance on the 15 April 2018.
Some dates include both afternoon and evening performances.
Here are those dates in full:
23 March 2018 – SSE Arena Wembley, London (evening only)
24 March 2018 – SSE Arena Wembley, London (afternoon and evening)
25 March 2018 – SSE Arena Wembley, London (afternoon and evening)
27 March 2018 – FlyDSA Arena, Sheffield (evening only)
28 March 2018 – FlyDSA Arena, Sheffield (evening only)
29 March 2018 – FlyDSA Arena, Sheffield (evening only)
30 March 2018 – Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle (evening only)
31 March 2018 – Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle (afternoon and evening)
1 April 2018 – Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle (afternoon only)
3 April 2018 – Manchester Arena, Manchester (evening only)
4 April 2018 – Manchester Arena, Manchester (afternoon and evening)
6 April 2018 – SSE Hydro, Glasgow (evening only)
7 April 2018 – SSE Hydro, Glasgow (afternoon and evening)
8 April 2018 – SSE Hydro, Glasgow (afternoon only)
10 April 2018 – Motorpoint Arena, Nottingham (evening only)
11 April 2018 – Motorpoint Arena, Nottingham (evening only)
12 April 2018 – Motorpoint Arena, Nottingham (evening only)
13 April 2018 – Barclaycard Arena, Birmingham (evening only)
14 April 2018 – Barclaycard Arena, Birmingham (afternoon and evening)
15 April 2018 – Barclaycard Arena, Birmingham (afternoon and evening)
Tickets for the Dancing On Ice Live UK Tour are available now through Ticketmaster.co.uk. Grab them here. Season 10 of Dancing On Ice starts on Sunday 7 January 2018 on ITV.
Music in video courtesy of Bensound.