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Dancing on Ice

Dancing on Ice
Created by ITV
Directed by Richard Valentine
Creative director(s) Christopher Dean
Jayne Torvill
Presented by
Narrated by
Country of origin United Kingdom
No. of series 9
No. of episodes 138
Executive producer(s) Jane Beacon
Katie Rawcliffe
Producer(s) ITV Studios
Location(s) Elstree Studios (2006–10, 2012–14)
Shepperton Studios (2011)
Running time 60–120 minutes
Production company(s) LWT
Original channel ITV
Picture format 16:9 1080i (HDTV) (2009–14)
16:9 576i (SDTV) (2006–08)
Original release 14 January 2006 (2006-01-14) – 9 March 2014 (2014-03-09)
External links

Dancing on Ice is a British television show presented by Phillip Schofield and Christine Bleakley, in which celebrities and their professional partners figure skate in front of a panel of judges. The series started on the 14 January 2006 and ended on 9 March 2014. 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 the BBC's Strictly Come Dancing. In 2004, the BBC aired a Strictly special entitled Strictly Ice Dancing at Christmas, which was won by England goalkeeper David Seaman (who was a contestant in series 1 of Dancing on Ice).

ITV's show was given a January premiere 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 13 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.[1] From the beginning, Torvill and Dean 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. In 2012 they performed less regularly.

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 series 1) presented by Andi Peters alongside Andrea McLean in series 1 and Ben Shephard in series 2. In mid-2007, it was announced that both shows would not return to accompany the third series as the audience attracted was out of ITV2's target range.[2] 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 series 3 finale was a massive draw, 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 series 2.[3]

The seventh series began on 8 January 2012, with Torvill and Dean as coaches for which they will be paid £250,000 each series.[4] Christine Bleakley was announced as the new co-presenter of the show replacing Holly Willoughby,[5] whilst Katarina Witt and Louie Spence replaced Emma Bunton and Jason Gardiner on the judging panel.[6] On 20 November 2012, it was announced that Gardiner was to return to the panel for the 2013 series, replacing Spence.[7][8] The full judging panel for the 2013 series was revealed on 28 December 2012, with former The 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 joined Gardiner and head judge Robin Cousins on the panel.[9]

On 21 May 2013, Torvill and Dean announced that they would leave the series after its ninth series in 2014,[10] leading to speculation that the whole show would be axed. On 24 June 2013 it was rumoured that Dancing on Ice may continue after they have left with new coaches,[11] however, on 22 October 2013 it was confirmed that the show would end after its ninth series in 2014.[12]


  • Format 1
  • Series overview 2
  • Professionals 3
  • Required elements 4
  • Main series results 5
    • Series 1 (2006) 5.1
    • Series 2 (2007) 5.2
    • Series 3 (2008) 5.3
    • Series 4 (2009) 5.4
    • Series 5 (2010) 5.5
    • Series 6 (2011) 5.6
    • Series 7 (2012) 5.7
    • Series 8 (2013) 5.8
    • Series 9: All-Stars (2014) 5.9
  • Series averages 6
  • Awards 7
  • Guest singers 8
  • Spin-offs 9
    • Champion of Champions (2007) 9.1
    • Dancing on Ice at Christmas (2008) 9.2
    • Dancing on Ice: Make Me a Star (2008) 9.3
    • Dancing on Ice: Ice Star (2009) 9.4
    • Dancing on Ice Goes Gold (2012) 9.5
    • Dancing on Ice Friday 9.6
  • Studio set and ice rink 10
  • Dancing on Ice: The Tour 11
  • Merchandise 12
  • References 13
  • External links 14


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 couples left in one week, due to numbering issues.

A live reunion special was staged one week after the end of each season, with all celebrities talking about their experiences during the season, and answering questions from a live studio audience. Torvil and Dean themselves then made a special in-studio appearance towards the end, thanking the contestants, hosts and judges, and of course, the home viewers for their votes.

Series overview

Nine series have been broadcast, as summarised below.

Series Start Finish Winning celebrity Winning professional Presenters Ice panel Guest judges
One 14 January 2006 4 March 2006 Gaynor Faye Daniel Whiston Philip Schofield
Holly Willoughby
Robin Cousins
Karen Barber
Nicky Slater
Jason Gardiner
Karen Kresge
Two 20 January 2007 17 March 2007 Kyran Bracken Melanie Lambert Robin Cousins
Karen Barber
Nicky Slater
Jason Gardiner
Natalia Bestemianova
Three 13 January 2008 16 March 2008 Suzanne Shaw Matt Evers Robin Cousins
Karen Barber
Nicky Slater
Jason Gardiner
Ruthie Henshall
Four 11 January 2009 22 March 2009 Ray Quinn Maria Filippov
Five 10 January 2010 28 March 2010 Hayley Tamaddon Daniel Whiston Robin Cousins
Karen Barber
Nicky Slater
Jason Gardiner
Emma Bunton
Michael Ball (week 6)
Angela Rippon (week 7)
Six 9 January 2011 27 March 2011 Sam Attwater Brianne Delcourt Robin Cousins
Jason Gardiner
Emma Bunton
Seven 8 January 2012 25 March 2012 Matthew Wolfenden Nina Ulanova Philip Schofield
Christine Bleakley
Robin Cousins
Louie Spence
Katarina Witt
Eight 6 January 2013 10 March 2013 Beth Tweddle Daniel Whiston Robin Cousins
Karen Barber
Jason Gardiner
Ashley Roberts
Nine 5 January 2014 9 March 2014 Ray Quinn Maria Filippov Nicky Slater (weeks 6 & 7)


     Third place
     First Eliminated

Required elements

In some shows, there is an element that the skaters are required to perform as part of their routines. These required elements have included:

  • Assisted and unassisted jumps
  • Use of a prop
  • Forming a spiral position
  • Flying above the ice, suspended by a harness
  • A one footed spin
  • Shadow steps
  • Classic moves of Torvill and Dean, sometimes with a choice between them
  • Cross rolls
  • Toe step sequences
  • Pair spin
  • One unique move
  • Solo skate
  • Change of edge

Main series results

Series 1 (2006)

The first series began on Saturday 14 January 2006 and ended on Saturday 4 March 2006, including ten celebrity skaters. The co-presenters were Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby, while The Ice Panel consisted of one-time World Junior Figure Skating champion Nicky Slater, choreographer Karen Kresge, theatre producer Jason Gardiner, two-time NHK Trophy champion Karen Barber and 1980 Olympic champion Robin Cousins.

The contestants for the first series were:

Celebrity Known for Professional partner Status
Tamara Beckwith IT Girl and Writer Sergey Malyshev Eliminated 1st
Andi Peters TV and Radio Presenter Tamara Sharp Eliminated 2nd
Andrea McLean Loose Women Presenter Doug Webster Eliminated 3rd
John Barrowman Doctor Who Actor and Singer Olga Sharutenko Eliminated 4th
Sean Wilson Coronation Street Actor Marika Humphreys Eliminated 5th
Kelly Holmes Olympic Middle Distance Runner Todd Sand Eliminated 6th
David Seaman Former England Goalkeeper Pam O'Connor Eliminated 7th
Bonnie Langford West End Actress Matt Evers Third place
Stefan Booth EastEnders Actor Kristina Lenko Runner-up
Gaynor Faye Coronation Street Actress Daniel Whiston Winner

Series 2 (2007)

The second series began on Saturday 20 January 2007. In it, 11 celebrities competed, compared to ten in the first series. The final was held on Saturday 17 March 2007. Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby returned to co-present, while Nicky Slater, Jason Gardiner, Karen Barber and Robin Cousins returned to The Ice Panel. Karen Kresge did not return as a judge for a second series and was replaced by five-time European champion Natalia Bestemianova.

The contestants for the second series were:

Celebrity Known for Professional partner Status
Neil Fox Radio DJ and Talent Show Judge Pam O'Connor Eliminated 1st
Phil Gayle Freelance Journalist Natalia Pestova Eliminated 2nd
Ulrika Jonsson TV Presenter Pavel Aubrecht Eliminated 3rd
Stephen Gately Boyzone Singer Kristina Lenko Eliminated 4th
Kay Burley Sky Presenter Fred Palascak Eliminated 5th
Lisa Scott-Lee Former Steps Singer Matt Evers Eliminated 6th
Lee Sharpe Former England Footballer Frankie Poultney Eliminated 7th
Emily Symons Home and Away Actress Daniel Whiston Eliminated 8th
Duncan James Blue Singer and TV Presenter Maria Filippov Third place
Clare Buckfield Actress Andrei Lipanov Second place
Kyran Bracken Rugby Player Melanie Lambert Winner

Series 3 (2008)

The commissioning of the third series of Dancing on Ice was first confirmed by Phillip Schofield at the BAFTA awards.[13] The third series began on 13 January 2008, moving to Sunday nights in the process and ended on 16 March 2008, when Suzanne Shaw was crowned as the winner. Schofield and Holly Willoughby returned to co-present, while Nicky Slater, Jason Gardiner and Robin Cousins returned to The Ice Panel. The third series saw the replacement of judge Natalia Bestemianova by West End star Ruthie Henshall. And for the first time in the history of the series, a contestant withdrew due to injury, and it was TV presenter Michael Underwood who did so.[14]

The contestants for the third series were:

Celebrity Known for Professional partner Status
Sarah Greene TV presenter Fred Palascak Eliminated 1st
Natalie Pinkham TV presenter Andrei Lipanov Eliminated 2nd
Michael Underwood TV presenter Melanie Lambert Withdrew
Samantha Mumba Singer and actress Pavel Aubrecht Eliminated 3rd
Aggie MacKenzie TV presenter Sergey Malyshev Eliminated 4th
Tim Vincent Actor and presenter Victoria Borzenkova Eliminated 5th
Steve Backley Javelin thrower Susie Lipanova Eliminated 6th
Linda Lusardi Actress and model Daniel Whiston Eliminated 7th
Greg Rusedski Tennis player Kristina Lenko Eliminated 8th
Gareth Gates Singer Maria Filippov Eliminated 9th
Zaraah Abrahams Actress Fred Palascak Third place
Chris Fountain Actor Frankie Poultney Runner-up
Suzanne Shaw Singer Matt Evers Winner

Series 4 (2009)

The fourth series started on 11 January 2009 and ended on 22 March 2009. Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby returned to co-present as well as Jayne Torvill, Christopher Dean and Karen Barber to mentor the celebrities. Barber, Nicky Slater, Jason Gardiner, Robin Cousins and Ruthie Henshall all returned to The Ice Panel for the fourth series.

The contestants for the fourth series were:

Celebrity Known for Professional partner Status
Graeme Le Saux Former footballer Kristina Lenko Eliminated 1st
(Men's round)
Gemma Bissix Actress Andrei Lipanov Eliminated 2nd
(Women's round)
Jeremy Edwards Actor Darya Nucci Eliminated 3rd
Michael Underwood TV presenter Melanie Lambert Eliminated 4th
Todd Carty Actor Susie Lipanova Eliminated 5th
Ellery Hanley Rugby player Frankie Poultney Eliminated 6th
Melinda Messenger Glamour model and presenter Fred Palascak Eliminated 7th
Roxanne Pallett Actress Daniel Whiston Eliminated 8th
Zöe Salmon TV presenter Matt Evers Eliminated 9th
Coleen Nolan Singer and TV presenter Stuart Widdall Eliminated 10th
Jessica Taylor Singer Pavel Aubrecht Third place
Donal MacIntyre Journalist Florentine Houdinière Runner-up
Ray Quinn Actor and singer Maria Filippov Winner

Series 5 (2010)

The fifth series began on 10 January 2010 and ended on 28 March 2010. Jayne Torvill, Christopher Dean and Karen Barber returned to train the celebrities, with Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby returning as co-presenters. Barber, Nicky Slater, Jason Gardiner and Robin Cousins returned for their fifth series on The Ice Pane. However, Ruthie Henshall did not return for her third series on The Ice Panel. In addition to the main show, there was also a new spin-off show called Dancing on Ice Friday which gives viewers the insight to the training of the celebrities. It was presented by Ben Shephard and former contestant Coleen Nolan and broadcast from 8 pm to 8.30 pm on Friday evenings on ITV.

Cousins did not appear as a judge for weeks 6 and 7 due to commentary commitments for the Winter Olympics, so Barber was temporary head judge during Cousins's absence. Michael Ball took his place on 14 February and Angela Rippon filled in for him on 21 February.

The contestants for the fifth series were:

Celebrity Known for Professional partner Status
Sinitta Singer Andrei Lipanov Eliminated 1st
(Women's round)
Bobby Davro Actor and comedian Molly Moenkhoff Eliminated 2nd
(Men's round)
Jeremy Sheffield Actor Susie Lipanova Eliminated 3rd
Tana Ramsay Wife of Gordon Ramsay Stuart Widdall Eliminated 4th
Heather Mills Activist and former model Matt Evers Eliminated 5th
Dr. Hilary Jones Doctor and TV presenter Alexandra Schauman Eliminated 6th
Sharron Davies Swimmer Pavel Aubrecht Eliminated 7th
Emily Atack Actress Fred Palascak Eliminated 8th
Mikey Graham Singer Melanie Lambert Eliminated 9th
Danny Young Actor Frankie Poultney Eliminated 10th
Danniella Westbrook Actress and presenter Matthew Gonzalez Eliminated 11th
Kieron Richardson Actor Brianne Delcourt Third place
Gary Lucy Actor Maria Filippov Second place
Hayley Tamaddon Actress Daniel Whiston Winner

Series 6 (2011)

The sixth series started on 9 January 2011 and ended on 27 March 2011 with the following 16 celebrities taking part. Although 16 celebrities are confirmed to take part, in a shocking twist, the first two episodes were qualifying rounds, in each of which eight couples skated and two were eliminated, so that only 12 couples reached the competition proper. For the first time, viewers in the Republic of Ireland were able to vote via the TV3 Ireland website.[15] Christopher Dean and Jayne Torvill returned to mentor the contestants, with Karen Barber moving from The Ice Panel to the role of head coach. Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby returned as co-presenters for their sixth series. Jason Gardiner, Robin Cousins and Emma Bunton returned to The Ice Panel, but Nicky Slater did not.

The contestants for the sixth series are:

Celebrity Known for Professional partner Status
Angela Rippon Broadcaster and journalist Sean Rice Did not qualify
(Qualifying round 1)
Nadia Sawalha Actress and presenter Mark Hanretty Did not qualify
(Qualifying round 1)
Craig McLachlan Actor Maria Filippov Did not qualify
(Qualifying round 2)
Elen Rivas Media personality Łukasz Różycki Did not qualify
(Qualifying round 2)
Steven Arnold Actor Nina Ulanova Eliminated 1st
Dominic Cork Cricketer Alexandra Schauman Eliminated 2nd
Jennifer Metcalfe Actress Sylvain Longchambon Eliminated 3rd
Comedy Dave Presenter Frankie Poultney Eliminated 4th
Kerry Katona Media personality Daniel Whiston Eliminated 5th
Vanilla Ice Rapper Katie Stainsby Eliminated 6th
Denise Welch Actress and presenter Matt Evers Eliminated 7th
Jeff Brazier TV presenter Isabelle Gauthier Eliminated 8th
Johnson Beharry Soldier Jodeyne Higgins Eliminated 9th
Chloe Madeley Daughter of Richard and Judy Michael Zenezini Third place
Laura Hamilton TV presenter Colin Ratushniak Second place
Sam Attwater Actor Brianne Delcourt Winner

Series 7 (2012)

The seventh series started on 8 January 2012.[16] The celebrities were revealed on 3 January 2012.[17] Phillip Schofield returned as presenter and was joined by Christine Bleakley following the departure of Holly Willoughby, with Christopher Dean, Jayne Torvill and Karen Barber returning to mentor the celebrities. Robin Cousins was the only judge from series 6 to return, with six consecutive European champion Katarina Witt and choreographer Louie Spence replacing Emma Bunton and Jason Gardiner.

The contestants for the seventh series are as follows. Singer Chesney Hawkes was originally part of the line-up, but withdrew after sustaining an injury. His replacement was The X Factor contestant Chico Slimani.[18]

Celebrity Known for Professional partner Status
Andy Akinwolere TV presenter Maria Filippov Eliminated 1st
Laila Morse Actress Łukasz Różycki Eliminated 2nd
Mark Rhodes TV presenter Frankie Poultney Eliminated 3rd
Corey Feldman Actor Brooke Castile Eliminated 4th
Charlene Tilton Actress Matthew Gonzalez Eliminated 5th
Rosemary Conley Author and presenter Mark Hanretty Eliminated 6th
Sébastien Foucan Freerunner Brianne Delcourt Eliminated 7th
Heidi Range Singer Andrei Lipanov Eliminated 8th
Sam Nixon TV presenter Alexandra Schauman Eliminated 9th
Andy Whyment Actor Vicky Ogden Eliminated 10th
Chemmy Alcott Skier Sean Rice Eliminated 11th
Jennifer Ellison Actress Daniel Whiston Eliminated 12th
Chico Slimani Singer Jodeyne Higgins Third place
Jorgie Porter Actress Matt Evers Second place
Matthew Wolfenden Actor Nina Ulanova Winner

Series 8 (2013)

The eighth series started on 6 January 2013.[19]

The line-up was officially announced on 18 December 2012.[20][21] Consisting of twelve couples, series 8 was the shortest series to air, and had the lowest number of couples since series 3 in 2008.

Christopher Dean, Jayne Torvill and Karen Barber returned to mentor the celebrities, with Barber returning to The Ice Panel after two series away. Phillip Schofield and Christine Bleakley returned to co-present. Head judge Robin Cousins and Barber were joined on The Ice Panel by former judge Jason Gardiner and former The Pussycat Dolls singer Ashley Roberts, who replaced Louie Spence and Katarina Witt.

Celebrity Known for Professional partner Status
Pamela Anderson Actress Matt Evers Eliminated 1st
Lauren Goodger Reality TV star Michael Zenezini Eliminated 2nd
Oona King Politician Mark Hanretty Eliminated 3rd
Anthea Turner TV presenter Andrew Buchanan Eliminated 4th
Shayne Ward Singer Maria Filippov Eliminated 5th
Joe Pasquale Comedian Vicky Ogden Eliminated 6th
Keith Chegwin Actor and presenter Olga Sharutenko Eliminated 7th
Samia Ghadie Actress Sylvain Longchambon Eliminated 8th
Gareth Thomas Rugby player Robin Johnstone Withdrew
Luke Campbell Boxer Jenna Smith Third place
Matt Lapinskas Actor Brianne Delcourt Second Place
Beth Tweddle Gymnast Daniel Whiston Winner

Series 9: All-Stars (2014)

The final series of Dancing on Ice began airing on 5 January 2014. It was announced on 21 May 2013 by Christopher Dean and Jayne Torvill that it would be their last as coaches, and ITV's Director of Television, Peter Fincham, confirmed that the programme would be cancelled after this.[10] On 24 June 2013, it was reported that Dancing on Ice could continue with new coaches,[11] however, on 22 October 2013 it was confirmed that this series will be the show's last.[12]

It was later announced that the ninth series would be an "all-star" series, featuring former winners and other contestants from the eight previous series.[22] The 14-strong line up was revealed on 11 December 2013, included 6 former champions, 6 other top-four finishers, plus Joe Pasquale and Todd Carty.[23][24]

Phillip Schofield and Christine Bleakley returned to co-present. Dean, Torvill and Karen Barber returned to mentor the celebrities. Robin Cousins, Jason Gardiner, Barber and Ashley Roberts returned for their respective ninth, eighth, seventh and second series on The Ice Panel. Cousins was absent for weeks 6 and 7 due to commentating the 2014 Winter Olympics, so former judge Nicky Slater returned in his place and Barber was temporary head judge.

Celebrity[24] Original series Professional partner Status
Jorgie Porter Series 7 – 2nd Sylvain Longchambon Eliminated 1st
Joe Pasquale Series 8 – 7th Robin Johnstone Eliminated 2nd
David Seaman Series 1 – 4th Frankie Poultney Eliminated 3rd
Gary Lucy Series 5 – 2nd Katie Stainsby Eliminated 4th
Todd Carty Series 4 – 9th Alexandra Schauman Eliminated 5th
Zaraah Abrahams Series 3 – 3rd Andrew Buchanan Eliminated 6th
Bonnie Langford Series 1 – 3rd Andrei Lipanov Eliminated 7th
Gareth Gates Series 3 – 4th Brianne Delcourt Eliminated 8th
Suzanne Shaw Series 3 – 1st Matt Evers Eliminated 9th
Kyran Bracken Series 2 – 1st Nina Ulanova Eliminated 10th
Sam Attwater Series 6 – 1st Vicky Ogden Eliminated 11th
Beth Tweddle Series 8 – 1st Łukasz Różycki Third place
Hayley Tamaddon Series 5 – 1st Daniel Whiston Runner up
Ray Quinn Series 4 – 1st Maria Filippov Winner

Series averages

All information in this table comes from BARB.[25] including figures from ITV+1 and ITV HD channels

Series Day # Ep. Premiere Final Aired Average Viewers
(in millions)
Date Premiere Viewers
(in millions)
Date Finale Viewers
(in millions)
1 Saturdays 16 14 January 2006 9.83 4 March 2006 11.68 2006 9.12
2 18 20 January 2007 9.08 17 March 2007 9.14 2007 8.00
3 Sundays 20 13 January 2008 9.34 16 March 2008 12.08 2008 8.93
4 22 11 January 2009 8.83 22 March 2009 11.31 2009 8.86
5 23 10 January 2010 9.64 28 March 2010 9.42 2010 8.28
6 9 January 2011 10.23 27 March 2011 9.35 2011 8.15
7 8 January 2012 8.42 25 March 2012 7.01 2012 6.63
8 19 6 January 2013 7.49 10 March 2013 7.36 2013 6.32
9 19 5 January 2014 6.76 9 March 2014 5.98 2014 5.04


Year Group Award Result Reference(s)
2006 National Television Awards Most Popular Entertainment Programme Nominated
2007 National Television Awards Most Popular Talent Show Nominated
2008 National Television Awards Most Popular Talent Show Nominated
2008 TV Quick Awards Best Talent Show Nominated
2009 National Television Awards Most Popular Talent Show Nominated
2009 TV Quick Awards Best Talent Show Nominated
2009 RTS Craft & Design Award Best Costume Design Won
2009 RTS Craft & Design Award Best Multicamera Work Nominated
2010 RTS Craft & Design Award Best Costume Design Nominated
2011 National Television Awards Most Popular Talent Show Nominated
2011 RTS Craft & Design Award Best Costume Design Nominated
2012 National Television Awards Most Popular Talent Show Nominated
2013 National Television Awards Most Popular Talent Show Nominated [26]
2014 National Television Awards Most Popular Talent Show Nominated
2014 TRIC Awards TRIC Special Award Won

Guest singers


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, presenters 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, presented by Ben Shephard and Coleen Nolan.

Champion of Champions (2007)

This took place on Saturday 24 March 2007 and featured finalists from both Series 1 and Series 2. All six celebrities did one routine each, scored by the judges, and then voted on by the public. The two couples finishing first after the public voted skated again in the skate off to decide the winner. The skaters that did not reach the skate off – 3rd to 6th – were announced "in no particular order", so ranks may not be accurate.

Place Celebrity Partner Position on Dancing on Ice Score
1st Kyran Bracken Melanie Lambert Series 2 winner 6.0+6.0+5.5+6.0+6.0= 29.5
2nd Clare Buckfield Andrei Lipanov Series 2 runner-up 5.5+5.5+4.5+5.0+5.5=26.0
3rd Bonnie Langford Matt Evers Series 1 third place (final) 5.0+5.5+5.5+5.5+5.0=26.5
4th Duncan James Maria Filippov Series 2 third place (final) 4.5+5.5+5.5+5.5+5.0=26.0
5th Gaynor Faye Daniel Whiston Series 1 winner 5.0+5.5+5.0+5.0+5.0=25.5
6th Stefan Booth Kristina Lenko Series 1 runner-up 4.5+5.0+4.0+4.5+4.5= 22.5

Dancing on Ice at Christmas (2008)

For Christmas 2008, Torvill and Dean went head to head with Jayne Torvill having a team of three female celebrities, and Christopher Dean having a team of three male celebrities. The judges were the usual line-up of Robin Cousins, Ruthie Henshall, Jason Gardiner, Karen Barber and Nicky Slater. Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield presented the 90-minute programme.

Place Celebrity Partner Position on Dancing on Ice Score
1st Suzanne Shaw Matt Evers Series 3 winner 6.0+6.0+6.0+6.0+6.0= 30.0
2nd Chris Fountain Frankie Poultney Series 3 runner-up 6.0+6.0+5.0+5.5+5.5=28.0
3rd Kyran Bracken Melanie Lambert Series 2 winner 5.5+5.5+5.0+5.5+5.5=27.0
4th Clare Buckfield Pavel Aubrecht Series 2 runner-up 5.5+5.5+4.5+5.0+5.5=26.0
5th Duncan James Maria Filippov Series 2 third place 5.0+5.0+5.0+5.0+4.5=24.5
6th Zaraah Abrahams Fred Palascak Series 3 third place 5.0+4.5+4.5+5.0+5.0= 24.0

Team Torvill scored 80 points to Team Dean's 79.5 and won the show by also receiving the majority of the audience votes.

Suzanne Shaw received the perfect score of 30 for the third time in a row. In her last two appearances on the show she has picked up the trophy.

Dancing on Ice: Make Me a Star (2008)

A 30-minute prime time spin-off to Dancing on Ice premiered on 26 January 2008 and ran for a few episodes, presented solely by Holly Willoughby. This both showed some exclusive footage of the celebrities training for the Sunday night main show and followed Torvill and Dean on the search for a member of the public to perform on the Dancing on Ice final in 2009.[32]


Dancing on Ice: Ice Star (2009)

This was shown after the announcement of the bottom two had been made but before the skate off. It showed Torvill and Dean's search for an entertainment act on ice, with auditions from all kinds of ice skaters. The winner skated live on the Dancing on Ice 2009 final and join Torvill and Dean on tour.

From a shortlist of 20 acts, Torvill and Dean invited only 4 back to give another performance in the Dancing on Ice studio. The final 4 were:

  • Hannah and Daniel – Child pairs skaters
  • Nick Rigby – Figure skater
  • The Oxford Freestylers – Stunt and trick performers
  • The Elody – Skating girlband

The best skater to slip through the net was Grimsby born Daniel Bennett who initially impressed Christopher Dean on his first audition. Controversially however Jane Torvil denied him entry after his cataclismic fall on the quarter finals just metres away from the legendary skating duo.

The Oxford Freestylers won and performed live on the Dancing on Ice 2009 final.

Dancing on Ice Goes Gold (2012)

An Olympic special aired on 22 July 2012, before the London 2012 Summer Olympics. It featured medal-winning Olympic athletes.

The one-off special featured the judges from series 7, with Phillip Schofield and Christine Bleakley returning as presenters. Torvill & Dean unveiled a new and specially-crafted performance. Head judge, Robin Cousins also performed a solo routine for first time in twelve years.

Olympian Sport Medals Professional partner Judges scores Status
Steve Williams OBE Rowing Gold, Coxless Four (Athens 2004, Beijing 2008) Katie Stainsby 9.5, 9.5, 10.0 = 29.0 Gold (Winner)
Olga Korbut Gymnastics 4 Gold & 2 Silver (Munich 1972, Montreal 1976) Matthew Gonzalez 10.0, 9.0, 9.5 = 28.5 Silver (2nd place)
Pippa Wilson MBE Sailing Gold, Yngling sailing (Beijing 2008) Mark Hanretty 9.0, 9.5, 9.5 = 28.0 Bronze (3rd place)
Gail Emms MBE Badminton Silver, Mixed Doubles (Athens 2004) Łukasz Różycki 9.0, 9.0, 9.5 = 27.5 Eliminated
Colin Jackson CBE Hurdling, Sprinting Silver, 110m Hurdles (Seoul Olympics 1988) Frankie Poultney 9.0, 8.5, 9.0 = 26.5 Eliminated
Jamie Baulch Sprinting Silver, 4 x400m relay (Atlanta 1996) Maria Filippov 8.5, 8.5, 9.0 = 26.0 Eliminated
Tessa Sanderson CBE Javelin Gold (LA 1984) Yannick Bonheur 7.5, 7.5, 8.0 = 23.0 Eliminated

The judges scores were added to the studio audiences votes to decide the winner. No public vote took place, as the programme was recorded earlier in the year.

Dancing on Ice Friday

A brand new spin-off show for the 2010 series of Dancing On Ice, appropriately called Dancing on Ice Friday, gave viewers the insight to the training of the celebrities over the last week. It was presented by television presenter Ben Shephard and former contestant and Loose Women star Coleen Nolan. The show was broadcast from 8 pm to 8.30 pm on Friday evenings on ITV throughout the duration of the main shows season.

Due to poor ratings, Dancing on Ice Friday was axed prior to the 2011 series.

Studio set and ice rink

The show has been based in the George Lucas Stage at Elstree Studios since it began in 2006, with the exception of 2011, when the show was broadcast from Shepperton Studios. The original set was axed in 2011 following the move to Shepperton Studios, it was replaced by a much more modern design. When the show moved back to Elstree the new set also moved, using the same set in a new layout. The ice rink measures 30 × 15 m. There are several areas of the studio; The Tunnel, this is to the left of the rink and is where the couples enter the rink. The Ice Cave, this is situated at the back of the rink and where Phillip stands to interview the couples and the Judges and Contestants Area, this to the right of the rink and is where the judging panel are based, and where Christine stands to speak to them and the couples.

Dancing on Ice: The Tour


  • A DVD, featuring highlights from Series 1, and a CD, containing music from Series 1, were released shortly after it ended. A highlights DVD for Series 2 was released on 2 April 2007 and a Series 3 highlights DVD was released on 7 April 2008. There is a Series 4 DVD in The Series 1–5 Boxset; you can`t buy it by itself. The Series 5 Highlights DVD was released on 12 April 2010 and the Live Tour 2010 DVD was released on 29 November 2010. A compilation boxset of highlights of Series 1–5 has also been released.
  • The Live Tours are also filmed at a different location each year by Live Nation UK Ltd who own the rights to the tours and released on DVD by Universal Media. The Live 25th Bolero Anniversary Tour DVD was released in November 2009.


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