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Dancing On Ice bosses have confirmed the launch of the 2021 series will go ahead, despite fears that the ITV skating show could be axed after five of its crew reportedly tested positive for coronavirus.
The hit programme, hosted by Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield, is set to launch this Sunday at 6pm for a two-hour show.
Bosses have assured that strict Covid measures are in place to make sure the competition can go ahead safely as they reportedly scrabble to tighten up rules on set, with a source branding the situation a 'nightmare'.
But the broadcaster has confirmed the launch will go ahead as planned.
The hit programme, hosted by Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield, is set to launch this Sunday
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“The welfare of everyone who works on Dancing On Ice is our first priority,” an ITV spokesman has said.
“We have had a robust set of measures in place ever since work on the series commenced in order to operate safely within Covid-19 guidelines and to ensure the wellbeing of everyone connected with the production.”
Producers fears were realised yesterday when an outbreak of the virus was reported among some of the show’s crew.
An insider told The Sun : "More than five members of production are isolating because of Covid right now — it’s become a nightmare.
Dancing On Ice bosses have confirmed the launch of the 2021 series will go ahead
"ITV have put a number of stringent rules in place, and after seeing members of production going down with it, they are urging everyone to take note of them.
“They’re now enforcing even stricter regulations."
The new series of the skating show will see 12 famous faces – Myleene Klass, Joe Warren Plant, Denise Van Outen, Faye Brookes, Sonny Jay, Jason Donovan, Graham Bell and Colin Jackson, Rebekah Vardy, Lady Leshurr, Billie Shepherd and Rufus Houndbattle – battle it out on the ice.
Jane Torvill, Christopher Dean, John Barrowman and Ashley Banjo will now have the power to award the newly created Golden Ticket to a couple of their choice
This weekend, six of the celebrity skaters and their partners will showcase their skating skills in the series’ opener and the remaining six will flaunt their credentials in the following week’s show in a brand new twist which could cause some controversy.
Unlike last year, the ice skating bonanza is set for a massive shake-up as the expert Ice Panel of Jane Torvill and Christopher Dean, John Barrowman and Ashley Banjo will now have the power to award the newly created Golden Ticket to a couple of their choice.
*Dancing On Ice returns on Sunday at 6pm on ITV