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Dancing On Ice 2018: Jason Gardiner set to return to the panel

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Jason Gardiner is set to return to Dancing On Ice for the show's new series.

Dancing On Ice originally ran between 2006 and 2014, hosted by Philip Schofield, Holly Willoughby and later Christine Bleakley.

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A tenth series is now on its way, ITV has officially announced, with Holly and Philip back as hosts.

Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean have also been confirmed for the new series but this time they'll be judges.

The former coaches will take up a seat on the panel alongside two still to be confirmed names, with former judge Jason rumoured for a comeback.

Jason was a judge on the show for eight years from its launch in 2006 until the final series in 2014, sitting out only 2012's series.

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“Producers know that he provides real entertainment value, even if he can be really harsh," a source told The Sun newspaper. “He’s a natural TV personality and brings a pantomime villain character to the table, as well as being a genuine expert in his field.

“Everyone’s really excited about his big return, but are braced for fireworks.”

Although ITV has confirmed Dancing On Ice's return, its start date beyond 2018 has yet to be confirmed.

However we fully expect the brand new series to be back on TV around January time.

Previous series have typically launched the first or second Sunday of the new year and that's likely to remain the same.

Of course the precise start date won't be revealed for a while yet.