Dancing on Ice has had to deal with several contestant withdrawals since it started back in January. Now ITV has confirmed the series will be taking a hiatus from its usual Sunday evening slot. Here’s what fans of the show need to know about why this is and when the competition show will come back.
Why is Dancing on Ice not on tonight?
Since January 17, Dancing on Ice has been airing on Sunday evenings on ITV.
The much-loved competition features contestants learning to perform intricate dances on the ice.
However, this week will be a little different as Dancing on Ice takes a break.
Instead, ITV will be airing a special compilation show called Dancing On Ice: The Greatest Show On Ice.
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The news was confirmed by ITV earlier this week as they shared a statement about pausing the series.
This read: “ITV have taken the decision to pause Dancing on Ice this week and there will be no live show on Sunday, February 21.
“Each week our production team and cast have delivered a fantastic show during incredibly challenging times.
“The welfare of all of those involved is important to us and we felt it prudent to take a week’s break at this juncture.
However, more exits soon followed with comedian Rufus Hound forced to pull out following a positive Covid-19 test.
He was replaced in the series by fellow comedian Matt Richardson.
Next to depart was Joe-Warren Plant, who also tested positive for coronavirus.
The Only Way Is Essex star Billie Faiers then left due to an injury in training.
As well as the celebrity exits, professional ice skater Hamish Gaman also had to pull out.
He had to part from his partner Faye Brookes in the competition due to a finger injury.
While he did not exit the show entirely, Jason Donovan also had to take a break from the show before the February 14 episode due to doctor’s advice.
He was advised to rest after experiencing back pain but is planning to return to the series after this.
The show is currently scheduled to start again next Sunday evening as the remaining contestants take to the ice once again.
Dancing on Ice airs on Sundays at 6pm on ITV.