Dancing On Ice 2018: Ashley Banjo to join show as new judge?

Ashley Banjo

Diversity star Ashley Banjo will join Dancing On Ice as a judge, it's been reported.

ITV finally confirmed Dancing On Ice's comeback last month with legendary skating duo Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean reuniting with original hosts Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby.

Torvill and Dean will both sit on a revamped ice panel alongside two additional judges.

And one it's revealed that one of them will be Diversity dancer Ashley.

"I can reveal a judge on Dancing On Ice. It's Ashley Banjo," Rylan Clark-Neal announced on ITV's This Morning (via OK! Magazine).


"Ashley Banjo is going to be a great addition to the series," Holly reacted to the news. "He's a brilliant dancer and a brilliant choreographer. He was discovered on Britain's Got Talent and now he's going to be our judge."

"Producers are really excited about bringing Ashley into the fold," an insider told The Sun newspaper. “As well as being extremely talented, he has a great eye for choreography and can deliver strategic advice objectively."

They added: “He might be a charmer, but he’s not a push-over and isn’t afraid to tell a contestant if they’re getting something wrong.”

As for the final judge on the line up, it was confirmed this week that Jason Gardiner would return to the show, but fellow former judge Karen Barber will NOT be be back.

Both were on the line up of judges when Dancing On Ice last aired in 2014

A source said in September: "It's likely to be a mix of old and new faces but it's unlikely at this stage that any of them will be Karen."

ITV said in a statement: "We will be confirming our additional judges in due course."

Speaking after confirming Dancing On Ice's return, Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean said: “We are thrilled that Dancing On Ice is returning to ITV next year and delighted to announce our new roles on the judging panel.

Karen Barber and Jason Gardiner

"The show struck such a huge chord with the viewers ever since it launched in 2006, with many of them taking up skating as a result.

"We can’t wait to be back on screen in 2018, with a bigger and better series for a brand new audience.”

Dancing On Ice will air on ITV from 2018.

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