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Dancing On Ice’s Faye Brookes soldiers on to ‘a new chapter’ with Matt Evers

Dancing On Ice’s Faye Brookes is trying to look on the bright side of having to change pro skaters halfway through the competition.

The actress, 33, has had to part ways with Hamish Gaman who injured his hand last week and has been told to drop out of the series.

She will now team up with professional skater Matt Evers, who was previously partnered with Denise Van Outen before she too had to quit due to injury.

Switch! Dancing On Ice’s Faye Brookes is trying to look on the bright side of having to change pro skaters after having to part ways with Hamish Gaman who injured his hand last week

Taking to Instagram, Faye posted: ‘Round Two. No matter what… Pick yourself up, dust yourself off and start again! Here we go! ✨

‘It’s not the end of my journey it’s just a change of direction… I had the honour of being taught how to skate by the one and only @hamishgaman and with all the skills & knowledge that he so kindly gave to me I now get to begin a whole new chapter with @themattevers ✨⛸

‘Who’s Ready? @dancingonice #dancingonice [sic]’

Hamish, 37, quit the ‘cursed’ series after his hand injury was caused by him ‘putting on a sock’. 

New pairing: Faye will now team up with professional skater Matt Evers, who was previously partnered with Denise Van Outen before she too had to quit due to injury

New pairing: Faye will now team up with professional skater Matt Evers, who was previously partnered with Denise Van Outen before she too had to quit due to injury

Taking to Instagram, Faye posted: 'Round Two. No matter what... Pick yourself up, dust yourself off and start again! Here we go!'

Taking to Instagram, Faye posted: ‘Round Two. No matter what… Pick yourself up, dust yourself off and start again! Here we go!’

An ITV spokesperson told MailOnline on Tuesday: ‘Sadly we can confirm that Hamish Gaman, who has been partnered with Faye Brookes, has had to withdraw from the competition. 

‘We thank him for all his hard work and wish him the very best as he takes some time out to allow his injury to fully heal.’ 

On Monday, Faye took to Instagram to express her heartbreak at losing her skating partner shortly after the news was announced.

She wrote: ‘Truly heartbroken with the news that @hamishgaman has had to withdraw from @dancingonice

‘This guy has been there for me from the very beginning. Taught me everything I know and I hope I did you proud brother…

Out! Hamish was forced to bow out after injuring his hand 'whilst putting on a sock'

Out! Hamish was forced to bow out after injuring his hand ‘whilst putting on a sock’

Sad: On Monday, Faye took to Instagram to express her heartbreak at losing her skating partner shortly after the news was announced

Sad: On Monday, Faye took to Instagram to express her heartbreak at losing her skating partner shortly after the news was announced

‘It has been an honour. You are honestly an incredible human but also an incredible friend.

‘We both can’t thank the viewers at home enough for your constant support and for voting for Team #Faymish

‘Last but not least I have to Thank you Mr Gaman for supporting me no matter what! Here’s to a friendship that will go beyond the ice.

‘Here for you always. Faye x.’  

Hamish was signed off on Sunday by the medical team as safe to skate with some adjustments to the routine.

Mix and match: Faye said she was 'heartbroken' by  Hamish's departure

Mix and match: Faye said she was ‘heartbroken’ by  Hamish’s departure

But after a follow up examination this week and careful consideration the medical experts have concluded that he is unable to continue.

A source told MailOnline: ‘It is essential for Hamish to have this time to heal properly in the interest of safeguarding against any long-term damage.’  

Hamish had previously revealed that he performed alongside the Coronation Street star during Sunday’s show with a strapped-up hand and had been told by doctors that he was putting his finger at risk for the rest of his life.

He added that if he had to have surgery, we would have quit the show and explained how he ploughed on because he didn’t want to let people down in the wake of the recent drop-outs. 

Injured: Matt's previous partner Denise was forced to drop out of the show after one performance after she dislocated her shoulder

Injured: Matt’s previous partner Denise was forced to drop out of the show after one performance after she dislocated her shoulder

He said on Monday: ‘Unfortunately I’m in a situation where I may have to withdraw if I need surgery. I would be heartbroken, Faye has worked so hard.’ 

Discussing his injury further, he said: ‘Faye wasn’t fully aware but I snapped a tendon in my hand and I was advised before the show that I’m putting my finger at risk for the rest of my life here.

‘It’s one of those scenarios where there was a lot of people dropping out of the show and I love this show so much and I didn’t want to let the team down.’

The skater went on to describe how his and Faye’s Prince William and Kate Middleton inspired routine was changed at the last minute so as not to cause further pain to his hand.

Risk: Hamish revealed that he performed alongside the Coronation Street star, 33, during Sunday's show with a strapped-up hand and had been told by doctors that he was putting his finger at risk for the rest of his life

Risk: Hamish revealed that he performed alongside the Coronation Street star, 33, during Sunday’s show with a strapped-up hand and had been told by doctors that he was putting his finger at risk for the rest of his life

He said: ‘They strapped up my hand so I could get through the show. We had to make a lot of changes to the routine last minute, we re-choreographed the whole second half.

‘Faye did incredible to learn the routine last minute. We had to change all of our lifts because of my hand, as I couldn’t do certain movements.’

He added: ‘It’s never easy for someone to learn new choreography and it is very dangerous to do things that aren’t ready anyway, but then to suddenly make these huge changes last minute, Faye did so well.’

Last minute change: 'Faye did incredible to learn the routine last minute. We had to change all of our lifts because of my hand, as I couldn't do certain movements,' he said on Monday

Last minute change: ‘Faye did incredible to learn the routine last minute. We had to change all of our lifts because of my hand, as I couldn’t do certain movements,’ he said on Monday

Spoke too soon: On Monday Hamish declared that he would not need surgery and will feature in the line-up when the show returns to screens on February 28th

Spoke too soon: On Monday Hamish declared that he would not need surgery and will feature in the line-up when the show returns to screens on February 28th

Hamish later declared that he would not need surgery and will feature in the line-up when the show returns to screens on February 28th. He said this prior to Tuesday’s announcement.

Quoting a tweet about his interview, Hamish tweeted: ‘Update! I’ve been told that I don’t need surgery on my finger. I’ll just be sporting a bling splint for a few weeks. I can’t wait to return to @dancingonice with @Faye_Brookes on 28th Feb #DancingOnIce’.

The news comes after an announcement by ITV that their skating show has taken a week off to allow the cast and crew to ‘recharge and rest up’ after four stars dropped out and Jason Donovan, 52, injured his back. 

In a statement from an ITV spokesperson, it was revealed that show bosses felt it ‘prudent to take a week’s break at this juncture’ to protect ‘the welfare of all of those involved’.

Oh no! Dancing On Ice will not air this weekend as show bosses have decided to take a week off to allow the cast and crew 'to rest up'

Oh no! Dancing On Ice will not air this weekend as show bosses have decided to take a week off to allow the cast and crew ‘to rest up’

‘ITV have taken the decision to pause Dancing on Ice this week and there will be no live show on Sunday 21st February,’ ITV said. ‘Each week our production team and cast have delivered a fantastic show during incredibly challenging times.

‘The welfare of all of those involved is important to us and we felt it prudent to take a week’s break at this juncture.

‘Continuing to make the best TV for our viewers is of paramount importance to us and we look forward to resuming the competition next week, with the show back live on Sunday 28th February.

He’ll be back: Jason Donovan, 52, withdrew from Sunday’s instalment of the competition and was advised to rest after suffering from back pain, but will return next week

Four celebs down: While Jason's break is temporary, Joe-Warren Plant, 18, Billie Shepherd, 31 [pictured], Denise Van Outen, 46, and Rufus Hound, 41, have all been forced to drop out

Four celebs down: While Jason’s break is temporary, Joe-Warren Plant, 18, Billie Shepherd, 31 [pictured], Denise Van Outen, 46, and Rufus Hound, 41, have all been forced to drop out

‘In place of Dancing On Ice this weekend a special entitled Dancing On Ice: The Greatest Show On Ice will be shown on ITV at 6pm on Sunday. This one-off show will celebrate the most memorable moments in the show’s history.

‘Dancing On Ice will be back, live on Sunday 28th February.’ 

In addition to the official announcement, a source told The Sun: ‘Everyone’s just been working really hard to put on a brilliant series. 

Something different: In place of Dancing On Ice this weekend a special entitled Dancing On Ice: The Greatest Show On Ice will be shown on ITV at 6pm on Sunday

Something different: In place of Dancing On Ice this weekend a special entitled Dancing On Ice: The Greatest Show On Ice will be shown on ITV at 6pm on Sunday

Former Neighbours star Jason missed Sunday, and said in a statement: 'I've had back pain the past couple of days and I'm under doctor's orders to take it easy and sit this week out'

Former Neighbours star Jason missed Sunday, and said in a statement: ‘I’ve had back pain the past couple of days and I’m under doctor’s orders to take it easy and sit this week out’

Covid-19: On Friday it was revealed Joe-Warren Plant and his skating partner Vanessa Bauer had to leave the show after they both tested positive for coronavirus

Covid-19: On Friday it was revealed Joe-Warren Plant and his skating partner Vanessa Bauer had to leave the show after they both tested positive for coronavirus

‘The production team has been amazing working around new protocols and working around the pandemic which is ever-evolving with new variants and such. 

‘This break will just allow the cast and crew the time to take a breath. Everyone gives it their all and just wants the show to be amazing for viewers at home so a week to recharge and rest up before coming back will be great.’  

The decision comes after Dancing On Ice bosses were said to be ‘panicking’ about the show’s future amid the four celebrities withdrawing from the show in recent weeks and Jason’s recent injury.

Former Neighbours star Jason said in a statement: ‘I’ve had back pain the past couple of days and I’m under doctor’s orders to take it easy and sit this week out. 

‘I’m resting up, I’ll be watching from home and cheering everyone on and I look forward to returning next week.’    

Injured: Reality star Billie withdrew from the show after suffering a concussion following a fall during training

Injured: Reality star Billie withdrew from the show after suffering a concussion following a fall during training

On Sunday, a source told The Sun: ‘It’s already a stretch making a two-hour episode of a TV show in a pandemic with a full cast.

‘But if any more pull out they will struggle to fill the slot. They’re already panicking about numbers because the celebrities are dropping like flies.

‘If Jason pulls out for good and there’s another injury, they could be forced off air.’  

On Friday, it was revealed Joe-Warren Plant, 18, and his skating partner Vanessa Bauer had to leave the show after they both tested positive for coronavirus. 

Covid-out: Rufus was previously axed from the competition after he tested positive for coronavirus

Covid-out: Rufus was previously axed from the competition after he tested positive for coronavirus

Rufus Hound, 41, was previously axed from the competition after he tested positive for coronavirus. 

Denise, 46, and Billie Shepherd, 31, both dropped out of the show after hurting themselves on the ice.

Denise dislocated her shoulder, while Billie suffered a concussion after falling on her head in training.  

So many celebrities have been forced to drop out of Dancing On Ice that for the first time in its history, the show has run out of reserves.  

Dancing On Ice 2021: The ‘Cursed’ Series

January 13

Graham Bell’s partner Yebin Mok suffers a freak accident after suffering ‘a very nasty wound from an ice blade’. 

While it was initially thought she would return to the competition, the injuries were worse than anticipated and she was replaced by Karina Manta. They were voted out the following weekend.

Ouch! Graham Bell's partner Yebin Mok suffers a freak accident after suffering 'a very nasty wound from an ice blade'

Ouch! Graham Bell’s partner Yebin Mok suffers a freak accident after suffering ‘a very nasty wound from an ice blade’

Out! While it was initially thought she would return to the competition, the injuries were worse than anticipated and she was replaced

Out! While it was initially thought she would return to the competition, the injuries were worse than anticipated and she was replaced

January 26

Denise Van Outen announces she’s quit Dancing On Ice after learning she’d fractured her shoulder in an accident during training. 

The presenter, 46, shared an Instagram statement telling fans she’d withdrawn the show after being told by doctors the injury would leave her severely limited in training.

Denise was replaced by retired Olympic gymnast Amy Tinkler, 21, who made her debut on the ice the following weekend alongside pro Joe Johnson. Amy and Joe were voted off on February 14.

Injury! Denise Van Outen announced she'd quit after fracturing her shoulder in training

Injury! Denise Van Outen announced she’d quit after fracturing her shoulder in training

Gone! The presenter told fans she'd withdrawn the show after being told by doctors the injury would leave her severely limited in training [pictured with pro partner Matt Evers]

Gone! The presenter told fans she’d withdrawn the show after being told by doctors the injury would leave her severely limited in training [pictured with pro partner Matt Evers]

January 28 

Billie Shepherd reveals her grandmother Wendy has tragically passed away. She died age 77 from pneumonia.

In the wake of the news it was revealed that the former TOWIE star wouldn’t appear in the next episode of the ITV skating show following the death.

January 31

Rufus Hound misses the live show due to coming into contact with someone with COVID-19.

Positive! Rufus Hound quit the show entirely, after testing positive for COVID-19

Positive! Rufus Hound quit the show entirely, after testing positive for COVID-19

February 3 

Rufus Hound quits the show entirely, after testing positive for COVID-19. 

The comedian, 41, took to Twitter to announce the news. He posted an accompanying video message explaining why he regretfully had to withdraw from the ITV skating competition.

Show bosses confirmed that Rufus and his professional partner Robin Johnstone would be both be stepping down and replaced by Matt Richardson, 29, and his pro-skater partner Vicky Ogden.

They were voted out after just one performance. 

Tragedy! Billie Shepherd's grandmother died, after which she suffered a concussion and had to pull out [pictured with pro Mark Hanretty]

Tragedy! Billie Shepherd’s grandmother died, after which she suffered a concussion and had to pull out [pictured with pro Mark Hanretty]

February 6  

Billie Shepherd is forced to quit the show after suffering a concussion following a fall in training. 

The Mummy Diaries star, 31, reportedly went to hospital for an MRI scan after being left unconscious following the accident.

The next day, Billie shared a photo of herself with professional partner Mark Hanretty from their ‘first and last’ dance as she confirmed her exit.

An ITV representative also confirmed to MailOnline that Billie would not be replaced for the remainder of the competition. 

Next out! Joe-Warren Plant was the fourth celebrity forced to bow out after he tested positive for coronavirus

Next out! Joe-Warren Plant was the fourth celebrity forced to bow out after he tested positive for coronavirus

Crestfallen! The Emmerdale actor, 18, said he was 'disappointed' to not be able to continue with the show, while his skating partner Vanessa Bauer, 24, said she was 'heartbroken'

Crestfallen! The Emmerdale actor, 18, said he was ‘disappointed’ to not be able to continue with the show, while his skating partner Vanessa Bauer, 24, said she was ‘heartbroken’

February 12

Joe-Warren Plant becomes the fourth celebrity forced to bow out after he tested positive for coronavirus.

The Emmerdale actor, 18, said he was ‘disappointed’ to not be able to continue with the show, while his skating partner Vanessa Bauer, 24, said she was ‘heartbroken’.

The professional skater revealed the pair got the ‘shock’ phone call during rehearsals on Thursday evening and said they ‘both feel fine’.

February 14

Jason Donovan, 52, pulls out of the Valentine’s Day live show with the star being advised to rest after suffering from back pain.

The former Neighbours actor said in a statement: ‘I’ve had back pain the past couple of days and I’m under doctor’s orders to take it easy and sit this week out. 

‘I’m resting up, I’ll be watching from home and cheering everyone on and I look forward to returning next week.’

He sent a video message into the show wishing his fellow contestants luck for the episode. 

Painful! Jason Donovan, 52, pulled out of the Valentine's Day live show with the star being advised to rest after suffering from back pain

Painful! Jason Donovan, 52, pulled out of the Valentine’s Day live show with the star being advised to rest after suffering from back pain

Another one bites the dust! Hamish Gamin was forced to bow out after injuring his hand 'whilst putting on a sock'

Another one bites the dust! Hamish Gamin was forced to bow out after injuring his hand ‘whilst putting on a sock’

February 15

ITV announce that Dancing On Ice will not air on February 21, but will be back, live on February 28. 

The purpose of the break was to allow the stars a week off to give both cast and crew a chance to ‘recharge and rest up’.

In a statement from an ITV spokesperson, it was revealed that show bosses felt it ‘prudent to take a week’s break at this juncture’ to protect ‘the welfare of all of those involved.’

February 16

Pro skater Hamish Gaman quits what is increasingly being referred to as the ‘cursed’ show. 

Hamish, 37, is forced to bow out after injuring his hand ‘whilst putting on a sock’.

An ITV spokesperson told MailOnline: ‘Sadly we can confirm that Hamish Gaman, who has been partnered with Faye Brookes, has had to withdraw from the competition.

‘We thank him for all his hard work and wish him the very best as he takes some time out to allow his injury to fully heal.’

Faye remains in the competition but is instead partnered with Matt Evers, who was previously partnered with Denise Van Outen.   

Bye! An ITV spokesperson told MailOnlin - 'Sadly we can confirm that Hamish Gaman, who has been partnered with Faye Brookes, has had to withdraw from the competition'

Bye! An ITV spokesperson told MailOnlin – ‘Sadly we can confirm that Hamish Gaman, who has been partnered with Faye Brookes, has had to withdraw from the competition’


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