Dancing On Ice to be revived without Torvill and Dean?

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Axed ITV show Dancing On Ice could yet be brought back with new professional mentors in place of Torvill and Dean, it is claimed.

The network announced in May that it would drop the skating extravaganza next year, after the duo decided to bow out on its ninth series.

However, The Sun has learned that bosses are secretly plotting ways to continue the show despite its cancellation, which came amid dwindling ratings.

It is produced by ITV Studios, which is run separately from the company's broadcast operations.

An apparently 'well-placed' source said: "The show is still massive for ITV. But when Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean decided to go, it gave [ITV controller] Peter Fincham a reason to get rid of it.

"Yet many at ITV Studios think that was the wrong decision. Jayne and Christopher leaving is a big deal and it will be incredibly hard to replace them — but not impossible.

"To say that they are the only telegenic skating pros who could fill the role would be wrong. So watch this space."

Although this year's series - won by Beth Tweddle and Daniel Whiston - was one of the least watched ever, with an average of just over 6million viewers, Dancing On Ice remains one of ITV's highest profile shows.

However, it is also one of their most expensive formats, with each episode said to cost a whopping £1million.

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