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Dancing On Ice 2021 studio FIRST LOOK: Judges protected by perspex screens

The new series of Dancing On Ice will see the judges protected by perspex screens and no studio audience amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. 

Newly released images of the ITV show’s studios sees large screens placed in front of the judges chairs to shield Ashley Banjo, John Barrowman, Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean.

The judging panel will also be sat far apart, keeping in line with social distancing measures.

Studio first look: The new series of Dancing On Ice will see the judges protected by perspex screens and no studio audience amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic

For the first time in its history the studio at Bovingdon Airfield in Hertfordshire will have no audience, a move mirroring that of Strictly Come Dancing.

The skating celebrities will also watch each other perform from socially-distanced tables to keep everyone safe from COVID-19.    

A source told The Sun: ‘Everyone needs a bit of glitz and glamour in their lives right now and TV shows are doing their best to stay on air and be safe.  

‘ITV showed they could do it with I’m A Celebrity and now they’re doing it again with Dancing On Ice.

Last year: The judges (Ashley Banjo, John Barrowman, Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean) sat closer together last year

Last year: The judges (Ashley Banjo, John Barrowman, Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean) sat closer together last year

Precautions: For the first time in its history the studio at Bovingdon Airfield in Hertfordshire will have no audience, a move mirroring that of Strictly Come Dancing

Precautions: For the first time in its history the studio at Bovingdon Airfield in Hertfordshire will have no audience, a move mirroring that of Strictly Come Dancing

New move: The skating celebrities will also watch each other perform from socially-distanced tables to keep everyone safe from COVID-19

New move: The skating celebrities will also watch each other perform from socially-distanced tables to keep everyone safe from COVID-19

‘They’ve made big changes to the studio, including the judging panel and audience, and hope this, as well as their daily vigilance, will be enough to keep it on air.

Dancing On Ice recently confirmed that it will be returning to screens on January 17.

ITV reassured fans on Wednesday that the show will be back as planned to provide some entertainment during the latest lockdown, however a few new precautions will be in place including perspex dividers between the judges and no audience.

The news comes amid claims the celebs and their professional skating partners were concerned about coronavirus hitting the show and it being cancelled.

Glaring difference: The studio will be largely deserted to keep the cast and crew COVID-safe

Glaring difference: The studio will be largely deserted to keep the cast and crew COVID-safe

Lights: This year will mark a very different series for the show as the world continues to fight coronavirus

Lights: This year will mark a very different series for the show as the world continues to fight coronavirus

Almost time! Dancing On Ice recently confirmed that it will be returning to screens on January 17 (pictured, contestant Myleene Klass)

Almost time! Dancing On Ice recently confirmed that it will be returning to screens on January 17 (pictured, contestant Myleene Klass)

Confirming the return of the hit series, ITV tweeted: ‘Confirmed: Dancing on Ice returns Sunday 17 January at 6pm on ITV. 

‘Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby once again return to present the show and the expert Ice Panel of Torvill and Dean, John Barrowman and Ashley Banjo.’

The show’s airing date of January 17 had previously been revealed just before Christmas and ahead of the latest lot of restrictions for the pandemic. 

Stars attempting to impress with their new-found skating abilities include Myleene Klass, Billie Faiers, Denise Van Outen, Sonny Jay and Jason Donovan. 

Get ready! The hit show will see celebrities including Myleene Klass, Billie Faiers (pictured), Denise Van Outen, Sonny Jay and Jason Donovan try to impress on the ice

Get ready! The hit show will see celebrities including Myleene Klass, Billie Faiers (pictured), Denise Van Outen, Sonny Jay and Jason Donovan try to impress on the ice

In an attempt to keep things as safe as possible, ITV confirmed to MailOnline that they will place perplex dividers between the judges and also go without an audience at Bovingdon Airfield in Hertfordshire.

Although not having members of the public to cheer them on, the star’s fellow contestants will sit spaced out in the audience to watch the show. 

While a source told The Sun: ‘ITV showed they could do it with I’m A Celebrity and now they’re doing it again with Dancing On Ice.

‘They’ve made big changes to the studio, including the judging panel and audience, and hope this, as well as their daily vigilance, will be enough to keep it on air.’ 

Confirmation of the show’s return also comes after a source claimed that although the series will be returning, things might not be as smooth as usual in the buildup.

All set: The date of January 17 had previously been revealed just before Christmas and ahead of the latest lot of restrictions for the pandemic (pictured, the confirmation on Wednesday)

All set: The date of January 17 had previously been revealed just before Christmas and ahead of the latest lot of restrictions for the pandemic (pictured, the confirmation on Wednesday)

The celebrity cast and professional skaters are also reportedly concerned that COVID-19 could interfere with filming and cause the show to be cancelled.

A source had told The Sun: ‘Everyone is worried to be honest. They can’t practise and the celebs are nowhere near the standard they usually are.

‘There’s people scrambling around backstage with no real idea how it’s going to come together. It’s a bit of a mess!’

Despite the concern, the source said the cast and crew were very pleased with all the rules brought in to try and avoid coronavirus hitting filming. 

An ITV spokesperson told MailOnline: ‘We have stringent protocols in place to ensure the health and safety of all our contributors and staff which are routinely monitored and updated to reflect the current guidelines.

‘We’re in constant contact with our entire cast in training and there have been no concerns raised.

Back at it! Denise Van Outen and Myleene were back to Dancing On Ice training just two days after the Christmas festivities as they posed with Lady Leshurr and Sonny Jay

Back at it! Denise Van Outen and Myleene were back to Dancing On Ice training just two days after the Christmas festivities as they posed with Lady Leshurr and Sonny Jay

‘ITV takes the safety and welfare of everyone involved with its programmes extremely seriously and follows all government guidelines regarding Covid-19.

‘The government has confirmed TV production can carry on throughout lockdown.’  

In addition, the Dancing On Ice cast have had regular coronavirus tests throughout their time training in preparation for the competition. 

Ahead of the show’s impending return several of the stars have been seen hitting the ice rink to get some last-minute practice in.

Joe-Warren Plant and Vanessa Bauer updated fans on their first rehearsal in three weeks on Wednesday as they got back too it after the Christmas break.

While elsewhere it has been reported that celebs are hoping to nab themselves the best stylists on the crew ahead of the series launch. 

They're back! Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby once again return to present the show (pictured during the 2020 series)

They’re back! Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby once again return to present the show (pictured during the 2020 series)

Hard at work: Joe-Warren Plant and Vanessa Bauer also shared a glimpse of their rehearsal to Instagram Stories on Wednesday

Not long to go! Dancing On Ice is due to start in just over a weeks time, on January 17

Hard at work: Joe-Warren Plant and Vanessa Bauer also shared a glimpse of their rehearsal to Instagram Stories on Wednesday

The likes of Becky Vardy, Myleene, Denise, Billie, Lady Leshurr and Faye Brookes, are all ‘competing to snap up the best’ of the bunch, according to The Sun.

A source told the publication: ‘Everyone wants to look their best and the show spends thousands on the industry’s best coiffeurs.

Skating pro Matt Evers has also revealed that ITV bosses have introduced more mental health support on the show following Caroline Flack‘s tragic death last year. 

Matt, 44, said on the Keep Calm And Carry On podcast on Tuesday that those behind-the-scenes were keen to ensure the celebrities and skaters were looked after during their time on the show.  

Yay: Denise, 46, showed off her incredible legs in a metallic pink mini dress as she put on a playful display with partner Matt Evers in a recent promo released for the show

Yay: Denise, 46, showed off her incredible legs in a metallic pink mini dress as she put on a playful display with partner Matt Evers in a recent promo released for the show

Caroline tragically took her life at her London home aged 40 on February 15, a day after learning the CPS would be pursuing a case of assault against her following a row with beau Lewis Burton at her home in December 2019. 

Discussing the increased services provided to stars, Matt explained: ‘Now more than ever we have a lot of support.

‘We’ve always had a little bit of support, but through the tragedies that have happened, they have implemented a lot more mental support.’

Matt went on to say that as one of the show’s professionals it’s his task to become a ‘best friend, babysitter and psychologist’ for his celebrity partner, on top of also teaching them how to skate proficiently. 

ITV is extremely cautious about mental health matters following a slew of tragedies of guests or hosts of some of its most popular shows.

Former Love Island contestants Sophie Gradon and Mike Thalassitis and host Caroline all died by suicide.

If you have been affected by this story, you can call the Samaritans on 116 123 or visit www.samaritans.org. 

Dancing On Ice 2021: Who are the celebrities?

 MYLEENE KLASS 

 

Age: 42 

Profession: Musician and radio host 

Myleene says: ‘My girls have always wanted me to do this but I’ve always been too scared someone will skate over my fingers!’ 

JASON DONOVAN

Age: 52

Profession: Actor and singer, best know for playing Scott Robinson in Neighbours 

Jason says: ‘To be able to learn a skill and spend some time focused is quite exciting, and I’m looking forward to seeing you guys.’

FAYE BROOKES 

 

Age: 33

Profession: Actress best known for her role as Kate Connor in Coronation Street

Faye says: ‘I’m so excited! The producers get to know you and this is the first time I think people are just going to see me, not being a character… Just being me – Faye!’

COLIN JACKSON

Age: 53

Profession: Former sprint and hurdling athlete, who has since carved out a career as a TV personality

Colin says: ‘You go out there, you enjoy yourself and you learn a new skill and to hone the skill of skating will just be a huge, huge plus. I’m looking forward to it.’

REBEKAH VARDY 

Age: 38

Profession: TV personality

Rebekah says: ‘I’m really looking forward to getting my teeth into that. I’m going to give my 100% effort for it all.’

 RUFUS HOUND 

 Age: 41

Profession: Comedian

Rufus says: ‘I’m doing it for the money. I don’t know if you’ve heard but about six months ago this global pandemic hit and made just about everything I’ve ever done to earn a pound note disappear!’  

DENISE VAN OUTEN  

 

Age: 46 

Profession: Performer and presenter, best known for The Big Breakfast  

Denise says: ‘I’m really excited. Finally, I get to tell people. I’ve kept this a secret from most of my friends and family. Betsy [her daughter] doesn’t even know….’

SONNY JAY 

 

Age:  27

Profession: Singer and radio presenter, best known for his daily Breakfast Show on Capital Radio

Sonny says: ‘I don’t want to fall over, not in front of the nation. I don’t want to be a meme the next day!’ 

JOE-WARREN PLANT 

 

Age: 18

Profession: Actor best known for his role as Jacob Gallagher in Emmerdale 

Joe-Warren says: ‘I’m super excited. I’m glad I have the time off Emmerdale to really focus on training…’ 

GRAHAM BELL

Age: 54

Profession: Former Olympic skier, who is also a TV presenter, adventurer and journalist

Graham says: ‘Ice doesn’t scare me, it’s the dancing… [My experience was confined to] ‘dancing on tables, wearing ski boots in après ski. It’s not graceful and elegant!’

LADY LESHURR

Age: 30

Profession: Rapper

Lady says: ‘I’m petrified, (but) I’ve always wanted to ice skate so what’s better than doing it in front of millions of people.’

 Billie Faiers

Age: 30 

Profession: Television personality 

Billie says: ‘I am soooo excited to announce that I will be taking part. I still can’t believe I am actually doing it!!’ 

 


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