Dancing on Ice is officially back on our screens this Sunday (January 17), with a brand new line-up of celebrities and COVID restrictions in place.
While there won’t be a studio audience and the judges have to be separated by Perspex screens, the show is trying everything to make it feel as normal as possible.
One fan-favourite aspect to the show is seeing Olympic skating icons Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean perform together, and we’re sure you’ve all been wondering whether that’s possible with the new lockdown restrictions.
Well, the good news is that we will get to see the duo perform, but it just won’t be live.
Appearing on Wednesday’s (January 13) episode of The One Show on BBC One, Torvill said: “Due to COVID and restrictions it has already happened.
“We’ve pre-recorded our routines for the series because, from Sunday when we meet up again, we won’t be allowed to touch each other, basically. It’s quite strange but we’ve got to keep safe and keep everyone else safe.
“Everyone has been so on it with everything, there’s so many measures in place. Everyone is being tested constantly.”
Tabloids have reported that there have been over five positive COVID tests on the show’s set, which ITV has responded to.
A statement read: “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 to ensure the wellbeing of everyone connected with the production.”
There’s been further drama with both Rebekah Vardy and Graham Bell‘s partners suffering injuries, with the latter injury meaning a professional dancer has had to pull out of the series.
Dancing on Ice returns this Sunday (January 17) at 6pm on ITV. The One Show airs on BBC One.
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