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Dancing on Ice is a British television show co-hosted by Christine Bleakley and Phillip Schofield, in which celebrities and their professional partners figure skate in front of a panel of judges. The format, devised by LWT and Granada Television, has been a prime-time hit in eight different countries, including Italy and Chile. In Australia, where it was titled Torvill and Dean's Dancing on Ice, it was axed after just one series owing to production costs.



Christine Bleakley

Phillip Schofield

Christine Bleakley

Phillip Schofield


Originally titled Skating With Celebrities the show was renamed following the failure of ITV's celebrity oriented 2005 summer schedule. Dancing on Ice is frequently compared to BBC's Strictly Come Dancing. The BBC actually did a Strictly Come Dancing special entitled Strictly Ice Dancing at Christmas 2004 which was won by England goalkeeper David Seaman.

ITV's show was given a January premier amidst network doubts about its viability but became a surprise hit in Britain, where it became the third highest rated television show of 2006. It attained an impressive thirteen million viewers for the final in March. Britain's best-known ice-skating duo and former Olympic champions Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean help to train the aspiring dancers, and also appear throughout the show with comments and advice. Head Coach Karen Barber also trains the skaters for the live show.

Since the beginning Torvill and Dean have opened every episode with a performance, with the exception of the second, third and fourth shows of the fourth series, when Torvill performed alone due to Dean's recovery from a shoulder operation.

Schofield previously presented with Holly Willoughby, with commentary from Tony Gubba and voiceovers done by John Sachs. The members of The Ice Panel were originally Karen Barber, Jason Gardiner, Nicky Slater and Robin Cousins, and the fifth judge varied from series to series: Karen Kresge in the first series, Natalia Bestemianova in the second, Ruthie Henshall in the third and fourth and Emma Bunton in the fifth. In series 6, there were only three judges: Gardiner, Cousins and Bunton.

During the shows first two series it ran two supplementary programmes - Dancing on Ice Defrosted presented by Stephen Mulhern, and Dancing on Ice Exclusive (or Dancing on Ice Extra during its first series) hosted by Andi Peters alongside Andrea McLean in series one and Ben Shephard in series two. In mid 2007, it was announced that both shows would not return to accompany the third series as the audience attracted is out of ITV2's target range.

As part of ITV's new revamped schedule at the start of 2008, from the third series, the show aired on a Sunday night and featured updated music and new titles as well as redesigned graphics. The third series finale was a massive draw for ITV pulling an average 11.7 million viewers (up from 9.6 million the previous year) peaking at 12.6 million viewers over the two hour slot, up over a million from season two.

The seventh series began on 8 January 2012, with Torvill and Dean as coaches for which they will be paid £250,000 each series. Christine Bleakley was announced as the new co-host of the show replacing Holly Willoughby, whilst Katarina Witt and Louie Spence replace Emma Bunton and Jason Gardiner on the judging panel.

It was announced on 20 November 2012, that Jason Gardiner is set to return to the panel for the 2013 series, he will replace Spence. The full judging panel for the 2013 series was revealed on 28 December 2012, with ex Pussycat Dolls singer Ashley Roberts joining and Karen Barber returning to the panel after acting as head coach on the show the previous two years, they will join Jason Gardiner and head judge Robin Cousins on the panel.





Robin Cousins

Ashley Roberts

Karen Barber

Jason Gardiner






The internationally ren Since the fourth series, the show has also been aired in high definition on BBC HD and BBC One HD from series 8.







Each week the celebrities and their partners perform a live ice dance routine. The four (as of series 8) judges (commonly known as the Ice Panel) judge each performance and give a mark between 0.0 and 10.0 (0.0 to 6.0 between series 1 and 5), depending on the performance. These total scores then create a leaderboard which combines with the public vote in order to determine the two lowest placed couples. As this is the case, the pair with the lowest score from the judges can avoid being in the bottom two if the public vote for them.

Once the scores and votes are combined to form the final leaderboard for that week's show, the two/three couples at the bottom compete in a final showdown known as the "Skate Off", where they perform their routine again. Once the couples have performed their routines for the judging panel, the judges decide on who deserves to stay and cast their votes, based on their second performance. The couple with the most votes from the judges receives a place in the following week's show, while the couple with the fewest votes leaves the competition. One couple leaves each week, but in series 7, two couple left in one week, due to numbering issues.





Dancing on Ice returned for an eighth series on 6 January 2013. Philip Schofield and Christine Bleakley returned as hosts, with Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean as mentors to the celebrities. Louie Spence and Katarina Witt left their roles as judges and were replaced by Jason Gardiner, Ashley Roberts and Karen Barber. Robin Cousins returned as head judge. 




Like many other reality TV shows, Dancing on Ice has had a number of supplementary shows. The first was Dancing on Ice Defrosted. It was presented by Stephen Mulhern and aired on ITV2 immediately after the main ITV show and again after the results show. The show featured opinions from celebrity guests and past contestants as well as from Torvill and Dean, the judges, hosts and competitors. Judge Nicky Slater also offered in-depth analysis of various performances using the latest video technology that the judges use to judge performances.

The second spin-off show was originally called Dancing on Ice Extra and was presented by Andi Peters and Andrea McLean, both competitors in the first series. Midway through the first series Paul O'Grady left ITV to join Channel 4 meaning that ITV had no show to put on air at 5 pm. The format of Dancing on Ice Defrosted was modified so that it could be broadcast every weekday. Due to Andrea's maternity leave during the second series she did not return to present the show and therefore Ben Shephard joined the show as the anchor presenter, and, unlike during the previous, series Andi Peters was now a roving reporter around the studio. For its second run the show was renamed Dancing on Ice Exclusive.

Neither of these first two spin-off shows returned in 2008 nor 2009.

In 2010 it was announced that a new spin-off show would accompany Dancing on Ice, named Dancing on Ice Friday, hosted by Ben Shephard and Coleen Nolan.


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Sylvain Longchambon and Samia Ghadie - getting it together

















Anthea & Andrew


Beth & Daniel



Gareth & Robin


Joe & Vicky


Keith & Olga



Lauren & Michael


Luke & Jenna


Matt & Brianne



Oona & Mark


Samia & Sylvain



Shayne & Maria



Pamela & Matt






     the couple eliminated that week.

     the couple that was in the bottom two that week but not eliminated.

     the couple withdrew from the competition that week.

     the winning couple.

     the runner-up couple.

     the third-place couple.

Red text the couple(s) with the lowest score for that week.

Green text the couple(s) with the highest score for that week.

"—" indicates the couple(s) did not dance that week.



Pamella Anderson and Matt Evers fist eliminated from Dancing on Ice 8th series 


1st out - Pamela Anderson - not the worst dancer, but surely the highest paid







Known for



Pamela Anderson

Actress & former Playboy model

Matt Evers

Eliminated 1st
on 6 January 201

Anthea Turner

Television presenter

Andrew Buchanan


Beth Tweddle

Olympic artistic gymnast

Daniel Whiston


Gareth Thomas

Former Wales rugby player

Robin Johnstone


Joe Pasquale


Vicky Ogden


Keith Chegwin

Television presenter and actor

Olga Sharutenko


Lauren Goodger

Former TOWIE star

Michael Zenezini


Luke Campbell

Olympic amateur boxer

Jenna Smith


Matt Lapinskas

Former EastEnders actor

Brianne Delcourt


Oona King

Labour Party politician

Mark Hanretty


Samia Ghadie

Coronation Street actress

Sylvain Longchambon


Shayne Ward

Singer and The X Factor winner

Maria Filippov








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