Exclusive Dancing On Ice Gossip: Week 1

Dancing on Ice is back but this season is better than ever, full of drama and danger! Three skaters got injured before the series started on TV, there’s a new presenter and a brand new judging panel.

Very has exclusive gossip from the set each week so we can tell you all the behind-the-scenes action as well as news about who’s in and who’s out (whether that’s due to public votes or injury). Let’s start with what’s new this series as well as the contestants’ highs and lows.

NEW: Christine Bleakley

Former Daybreak presenter Christine Bleakley told everyone she was sick with nerves before the show started, fearing she could not fill the void left by our gorgeous Holly Willoughby,who’d been on Dancing on Ice since the start. However, we can reveal that her spirits were lifted somewhat when she got a massive bouquet of flowers from her fiancé Frank Lampard sent to her dressing room. What a romantic! Frank’s two children are massive fans of the show and have tickets to watch every week, so it’s improving her step-mum status no matter what. And fortunately, after the show she got praise from most TV critics, showing that the decision to leave her Daybreak co-star Adrian Chiles for the loveable Phillip Scholfield was right. Yay!

Christine purposely chose a dress that wouldn’t appear low-cut, as the lovely Holly wore v-neck gowns on the show. The maxi dress Christine chose made her look chic and sophisticated, proving that covering up your cleavage doesn’t have to look dull and boring. For a dress that covers you up and remains glam, try the Teatro Double Strap One Shoulder Maxi Dress from Very with Filligree Detail Earrings, which are a bargain at £10. If you’re not showing off your chest you can afford to have more accessories without looking OTT. Admittedly, it’s not an exact copy of Christine’s outfit but it does show there are lots of lovely maxi dresses out there that don’t have plunging necklines.

NEW: Judging Panel

Louis Spence, Robin Cousins and Katrina Witt are the new judges, replacing Jason Gardiner and Emma Bunton. With Robin and Katrina both Olympic skaters, the standard is high this year and scores are getting lower than when the fairer Emma Bunton was on the panel. However, we can reveal that Louis is a hit with the contestants socially, chosing to mix with them in the bar after the show – something Jason Gardiner would never have dreamed of. Careful not to get too close, Louis!

OUT: Blue Peter’s Andy Okinwele

It was a tense skate-off between Andy and Heidi Range, who got the least public votes but the judges voted to send Andy home. The main criticismwas he was too floppy. We can reveal that after the show, Andy was in floods of tears and it’s only Week 1. What’s going to happen at the evictions in Weeks 7 or 8? There could be mass hysteria!

NEARLY OUT: Sugababe Heidi Range

Sugababes singer Heidi Range was also in tears after the first episode  as her confidence was knocked by being in the bottom two. She’d worked really hard in advance of the show, claiming that she’s dropped two stone as a result of all the practising. Heidi also faced the difficult task of changing partners just two weeks before live shows after her original partner suffered a bicep injury. Let’s hope it’s uphill from now on for the pretty pop star.


Coronation Street star Andy Whyment, children’s TV presenter Mark Rhodes, actor Corey Feldman, free runner Sebastien Foucan, children’s TV presenter Sam Nixon, singer Chico and Emmerdale actor Matthew Wolfenden, Hollyoaks star Jorgie Porter, actress Jennifer Ellison, British skier Chemmy Alcott, Sugababe Heidi Range, fitness guru Rosemary Conley, actress Laila Morse and Dallas star Charlene Tilton.

Dancing on Ice is back next Sunday on ITV1 and we’ll have more news for you then! x

9th January 2012
Written by Zoe Griffin