CONFIRMED! Dancing On Ice WILL be back on ITV for a new series in 2018

Torvill and Dean are now judges, Philip Schofield and Holly Willoughby return as hosts

Dancing On Ice 2018 new logo

ITV has finally confirmed that Dancing On Ice WILL be back on our screens next year, with Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean now acting as judges.

The celebrity skating contest originally ran for nine series between 2006 and 2014, ending with an 'All-Stars' edition won by Ray Quinn.

However, ITV boss Kevin Lygo sparked speculation of a revival when he admitted he "wished it had gone on longer".

The rumours gained traction earlier this year when they were all but confirmed by Torvill.

Now, TV's worst kept secret is finally official, with the broadcaster confirming Dancing On Ice is coming back in 2018 after a three-year break.

Philip Schofield and Holly Willoughby - who first announced the news on today's This Morning - will return as its presenters.

"I’m often told how much people have missed Dancing on Ice," Philip said. "It’s exciting for us all to now have the chance to breath new life into the show."

"Working with Jayne and Chris is always such an honour," added Holly. "It's even more special as it's the show that Phil and I first worked on together.

"It's full of wonderful memories and I can't wait to make some new ones!"

Torvill and Dean are also back - but they will now be head judges on the Ice Panel, rather than coaches.

The Olympic gold medal-winning duo commented: "We are thrilled that Dancing On Ice is returning to ITV next year and delighted to announce our new roles on the judging panel.

"We can’t wait to be back on-screen with a bigger and better series for a brand new audience."

Two further judges will be announced at a later date, as well as the identities of the celebrity contestants.

Meanwhile, bosses have unveiled the show's new logo, and confirmed it will be filmed in a spectacular purpose-built set, featuring TWO ice rinks - a training rink and a studio rink.

"Dancing on Ice is a wonderful show for all the family," said Lygo, ITV's director of television. "Weekends have not been the same without it in our schedule.

"I'm delighted Jayne and Chris are on board and on the panel, and Holly and Phil are hosting.

"I think we're all very excited to be returning with some star-spangled skating in 2018."

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