Dancing On Ice to return to our screens with 'edgier format'?


Dancing On Ice has just bowed out for what was meant to be the last time but there's already talk of a revival.

The ITV show finished its all star series last weekend as Ray Quinn was crowned winner but now there's speculation it could come back after a short time off air.

Hosts Phillip Schofield and Christine Bleakley - who themselves took to the ice in last Sunday's final - reckon the show can still work.

"Ice-dancing is very popular in this country and, for me, ITV has the spiritual ownership of light entertainment skating," Phil told What's On TV. “There could be a new incarnation in years to come.

“We could change the format a bit, make the show a little edgier.”

Co-host Christine agreed: “I can understand Jayne and Chris wanting to put the show to bed for a little while.

“But it could come back in a different guise. Why not?”

But at least for now, Phil is glad that the show went out with quite a bang, saying: “We planned an amazing final series of Dancing On Ice, rather than allowing the show to be quietly cancelled.”

Dancing On Ice judge Robin Cousins previously backed a new version of the show without current DOI coaches Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean.

The only judge to have appeared on every series of the show said: “They [Jayne and Chris] were ready to move on, so that’s why it’s finishing up. I am hopeful ITV will look at a new skating show. After all, Dancing On Ice has been very popular and what else is going to go in its place?’”

Next year will see ITV launch a new entertainment show in place of Dancing On Ice called Rising Star.

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