Dancing On Ice’s return has been in the works for two years

Dancing On Ice’s return has been in the works for more than two years.


Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby will return to host the show, which last aired in 2014.

And Phillip has revealed he’s been keeping it all a secret for “years”.

He said at the launch for the new series: “I can’t wait, we’ve been talking about this for years, we found out about this a long time ago.

“We were talking about bringing it back a year after it came off.

“Then another year went by, [but] I think it’s safe to say from two years ago it was definitely going to come back.”

The Dancing On Ice 2018 contestants have already been confirmed as have a few big changes.


The show will be airing in an early slot too when it returns to TV from 6PM on Sunday, January 7 on ITV.

Phillip said: “The changes that we’ve made I think are essential to giving it a reboot, it’s fundamentally different to what it was before and it’s all the things I’ve wanted it to be.

“Where I think we’ve made mistakes in the past – and this was one of the things that I was discussing two years ago – was we had a number of parents who were unhappy that it finished so late with the skate off.”

He added: “You’d have the main show then we’d come on later, which meant if they were young kids, they could watch the beginning of the show but not what happened at the end.”


Alongside Phillip and Holly’s return, coaches Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean are back but this time as judges.

They’ll be joining by returning judge Jason Gardiner and new judge Ashley Banjo.