Dancing On Ice bosses dismiss claims they’re bringing back past winners to ‘cursed’ show

Dancing On Ice bosses have dismissed rumours they’re bringing back past winners in a desperate bid to keep the ‘cursed’ show on air.

A source had claimed executives held meetings about the best possible options to help fill the programme’s two-hour slot, after four celebrities were forced to drop out from the series.

However, an ITV representative told MailOnline: ‘No such meetings or conversations have taken place. The current series in its usual format will resume on Sunday 28th February.’  

''No such meetings or conversations have taken place: Dancing On Ice has dismissed rumours they're bringing back past winners (2020 champion Joe Swash pictured with Alex Murphy)

''No such meetings or conversations have taken place: Dancing On Ice has dismissed rumours they're bringing back past winners (2020 champion Joe Swash pictured with Alex Murphy)

”No such meetings or conversations have taken place: Dancing On Ice has dismissed rumours they’re bringing back past winners (2020 champion Joe Swash pictured with Alex Murphy)

An insider previously told The Sun: ‘The production team are in overdrive and all sorts of ideas have been thrown around. The worst case scenario was pulling the show but they know they can’t allow that.

‘Options included bringing back former champs and their partners to perform one-off routines. The team also mooted the idea of having more pro routines which could help fill time and would be visually impressive.

‘Meetings have been taking place all week and the team have been told all ideas are welcome.’

Presenter and former EastEnders actor Joe Swash was crowned the winner of the 2020 series, while soap star Hayley Tamaddon, X Factor’s Jake Quickenden and ex-Hear’Say member Suzanne Shaw have also taken home the coveted title.  

Claims: A source had claimed executives held meetings about keeping the show on air, after Hamish Gaman (pictured with Faye Brookes last week) quit following a hand injury

Claims: A source had claimed executives held meetings about keeping the show on air, after Hamish Gaman (pictured with Faye Brookes last week) quit following a hand injury

Claims: A source had claimed executives held meetings about keeping the show on air, after Hamish Gaman (pictured with Faye Brookes last week) quit following a hand injury

'I'm heartbroken': The professional skater, 37, bowed out after hurting his hand 'whilst putting on a sock'

'I'm heartbroken': The professional skater, 37, bowed out after hurting his hand 'whilst putting on a sock'

‘I’m heartbroken’: The professional skater, 37, bowed out after hurting his hand ‘whilst putting on a sock’

The show’s denial came after Hamish Gaman quit following a hand injury, with celebrity partner Faye Brookes forced to continue the show with replacement Matt Evers, who had taken to the rink with Denise Van Outen.

The professional skater, 37, bowed out after hurting his hand ‘whilst putting on a sock’. 

An ITV spokesperson told MailOnline earlier this week: ‘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.’ 

Recovery: The show has been filled with drama as Jason Donovan pulled out of last week's edition after suffering from back pain (pictured with Alexandra Schauman earlier this month)

Recovery: The show has been filled with drama as Jason Donovan pulled out of last week's edition after suffering from back pain (pictured with Alexandra Schauman earlier this month)

Recovery: The show has been filled with drama as Jason Donovan pulled out of last week’s edition after suffering from back pain (pictured with Alexandra Schauman earlier this month)

The ‘heartbroken’ athlete broke his silence on his departure on Thursday as he wrote: ‘Hi everyone. I’m heartbroken that I’ll no longer be skating with @faye_brookes on @dancingonice. 

‘I’m so grateful that I don’t need any surgery on my finger, but if I stay in the show I could have an accident and make my injury much worse (it is series 13).

‘Coaching Faye for 4+ months has been a privilege and I’m so proud of the incredible skater that she’s become. 

I remember her being scared of skating backwards and wondering if she’d ever be able to do a 3-turn or backward crossover. Faye, you’ve come so far and achieved so much.

Shock exit: Earlier this month, Joe-Warren Plant and Vanessa Bauer (pictured) were forced to withdraw after they tested positive for Covid

Shock exit: Earlier this month, Joe-Warren Plant and Vanessa Bauer (pictured) were forced to withdraw after they tested positive for Covid

Shock exit: Earlier this month, Joe-Warren Plant and Vanessa Bauer (pictured) were forced to withdraw after they tested positive for Covid

‘The first two videos are the lifts that Faye and I were going to do in our next routine. Our song choice was ‘Into the Unknown’ from Frozen 2 ❄️ Faye and I were so excited to skate to this song together.

‘I can’t wait for the pubs to finally reopen so that Faye, @iamjustjoe, @ameliaskating, and I can all go for a pint. Faye, your friendship and support means the world to me. Thank you for everything.’ 

Dancing On Ice will be taking a break this Sunday to give the skaters time to recover following a series of axes. 

The show has been filled with drama as Jason Donovan pulled out of last week’s edition after suffering from back pain.

The Australian actor and singer, 52 – who is competing on the show with professional skater Alexandra Schauman – was advised to rest, but has vowed to return on Sunday. 

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.’  

Days earlier, Emmerdale’s Joe-Warren Plant and his partner Vanessa Bauer withdrew after they both tested positive for COVID-19.

Upset: Last week, Emmerdale's Joe, 18, said he was 'disappointed' to not continue with the show, while Vanessa, 24, admitted she was 'heartbroken' (pictured on last week's show)

Upset: Last week, Emmerdale's Joe, 18, said he was 'disappointed' to not continue with the show, while Vanessa, 24, admitted she was 'heartbroken' (pictured on last week's show)

Upset: Last week, Emmerdale’s Joe, 18, said he was ‘disappointed’ to not continue with the show, while Vanessa, 24, admitted she was ‘heartbroken’ (pictured on last week’s show)

TV star Joe’s exit was another blow in a string of disappointments, after Denise, Billie Faiers, and Rufus Hound all left this year’s show, prompting viewers to call the 2021 edition ‘cursed’. 

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.  

Soap star Joe said he was ‘disappointed’ to not be able to continue with the show, while Vanessa, 24, said she was ‘heartbroken’. 

The dancer revealed the pair got the ‘shock’ phone call during rehearsals on last week and said they ‘both feel fine’.   

Announcing his departure, Joe said in a statement: ‘Having tested positive for Covid this now means the end of the competition for Vanessa and I. 

‘I have loved every minute of being a part of Dancing On Ice and I am disappointed as I feel I had so much more to give and was working hard to perfect each performance. 

‘Thank you so much to Vanessa for being a fantastic teacher and although its been cut short, I’ve thoroughly enjoyed this experience.

‘Thank you to all the crew who have been brilliant and especially thanks to the other cast members, they have been hugely supportive and I wish them all the very best.’ 

 

'We are heartbroken': German beauty Vanessa uploaded a picture of herself and her celebrity partner on the ice during rehearsals

'We are heartbroken': German beauty Vanessa uploaded a picture of herself and her celebrity partner on the ice during rehearsals

‘We are heartbroken’: German beauty Vanessa uploaded a picture of herself and her celebrity partner on the ice during rehearsals

Vanessa, meanwhile, shared a picture of herself and Joe on the ice during rehearsals and penned: ‘We are heartbroken. Joe and I feel fine, but our COVID tests came back positive and that means the end for us on @dancingonice. 

‘I am writing this in tears as I’ve loved every minute on this years show with @joewarrenplant! He is the best partner I could have wished for, we worked so hard for months, had so much fun together and had SO SO much more to show 

‘It feels surreal as we were training up until last evening before the shock call hit us… ⁣

‘It is devastating that our journey has been cut short like this but we both still had the time of our lives. ⁣We love @dancingonice and want to thank everybody for the support this year’. (sic)

Dynamic: The soap star was one of the front runners in the competition as he performed an impressive Quickstep last week, which garnered 32.5 points out of 40 (pictured)

Dynamic: The soap star was one of the front runners in the competition as he performed an impressive Quickstep last week, which garnered 32.5 points out of 40 (pictured)

Dynamic: The soap star was one of the front runners in the competition as he performed an impressive Quickstep last week, which garnered 32.5 points out of 40 (pictured) 

Dropped out: Reality star Billie Faiers (pictured with Mark Hanretty last month) withdrew from the show after suffering a concussion following a fall during training

Dropped out: Reality star Billie Faiers (pictured with Mark Hanretty last month) withdrew from the show after suffering a concussion following a fall during training

Dropped out: Reality star Billie Faiers (pictured with Mark Hanretty last month) withdrew from the show after suffering a concussion following a fall during training

An ITV spokesperson added: ‘We can confirm that following positive Covid tests, Joe-Warren Plant and Vanessa Bauer have had to withdraw from this year’s competition. 

‘They’ve been wonderful on the show this year and we thank them for all their dedication and beautiful performances.’ 

Joe was one of the front runners in the competition as he performed an impressive Quickstep earlier this month, which garnered 32.5 points out of 40. 

Sources have since reported that they could make a comeback if they receive negative Covid-19 tests.  

Comedian Rufus, 41, was axed from the competition last month after he tested positive for the virus twice. 

Out: Comedian Rufus Hound, 41, was axed from the competition last month after he tested positive for the virus twice (pictured with partner Robin Johnstone last month)

Out: Comedian Rufus Hound, 41, was axed from the competition last month after he tested positive for the virus twice (pictured with partner Robin Johnstone last month)

Out: Comedian Rufus Hound, 41, was axed from the competition last month after he tested positive for the virus twice (pictured with partner Robin Johnstone last month)

Oh dear: Denise Van Outen (pictured with Matt Evers last month) was forced to drop out too, after she dislocated her shoulder

Oh dear: Denise Van Outen (pictured with Matt Evers last month) was forced to drop out too, after she dislocated her shoulder

Oh dear: Denise Van Outen (pictured with Matt Evers last month) was forced to drop out too, after she dislocated her shoulder

Matt Richardson was brought in as his replacement, but was axed during his first show, which took place last Sunday.  

TOWIE narrator Denise, 46, and Mummy Diaries’ Billie, 31, both dropped out of the series after hurting themselves on the ice.

The West End star dislocated her shoulder, while the mother-of-two suffered a concussion after falling on her head in training.

Ouch! Myleene Klass, who was sent home in Week 1, also sustained a broken toe and torn knee cartilage from training (pictured last month)

Ouch! Myleene Klass, who was sent home in Week 1, also sustained a broken toe and torn knee cartilage from training (pictured last month)

Ouch! Myleene Klass, who was sent home in Week 1, also sustained a broken toe and torn knee cartilage from training (pictured last month)

Oh no! Taking to Instagram, the former Hear'Say singer, 42, showed her big toe wrapped up in a bandage while sitting on a hospital bed

Oh no! Taking to Instagram, the former Hear'Say singer, 42, showed her big toe wrapped up in a bandage while sitting on a hospital bed

Painful: A second video showed a doctor putting gel on her knee, and she captioned the clip: 'Torn Meniscus'

Painful: A second video showed a doctor putting gel on her knee, and she captioned the clip: 'Torn Meniscus'

Oh no! Taking to Instagram, the former Hear’Say singer, 42, showed her big toe wrapped up in a bandage while sitting on a hospital bed

Injured: Yebin Mok is still in physiotherapy (pictured last month) after her partner Graham Bell sliced her leg with his ice blade

Injured: Yebin Mok is still in physiotherapy (pictured last month) after her partner Graham Bell sliced her leg with his ice blade

Injured: Yebin Mok is still in physiotherapy (pictured last month) after her partner Graham Bell sliced her leg with his ice blade

The programme has come under fire from viewers who were concerned by how many celebrities and professional skaters were requiring medical treatment, putting further strain on the NHS. 

Both figure skaters Yebin Mok and Andy Buchanan were sent to hospital after suffering injury while rehearsing with their respective partners Graham Bell and Rebekah Vardy

Myleene Klass, who was sent home in Week 1, also sustained a broken toe and torn knee cartilage from training.

Dancing On Ice 2021: A Series Of Unfortunate Events 

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 on Saturday.

January 26

Denise Van Outen announced 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 will be replaced by retired Olympic gymnast Amy Tinkler, 21, who will make her ice debut this Sunday alongside pro Joe Johnson.

January 28 

Billie Faiers reveals her grandmother Wendy has tragically passed away

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.

It was confirmed by MailOnline on Thursday that Billie, 31, and her sister Sam’s grandmother had passed away aged 77 from pneumonia.

Following the news, a representative for DOI revealed that Billie will miss Sunday’s show as she grieves the ‘devastating’ loss of her relative.

February 3 

Rufus Hound withdraws from the show after testing positive for COVID. 

The comedian, 41, took to Twitter on Wednesday evening to announce in a tweet and accompanying video message that he has sadly had to withdraw from the ITV skating competition.  

Show bosses confirmed that Rufus and his professional partner Robin Johnstone have both been axed from Dancing On Ice and will be replaced by Matt Richardson, 29, and his pro-skater partner Vicky Ogden this weekend. 

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