ITV has announced that Dancing On Ice will be taking a break this Sunday (21 February) - there will be no live show.
Five celebrities have had to leave the competition early for injury and positive coronavirus tests: comedian Rufus Hound and Emmerdale star Joe-Warren Plant both tested positive for Covid 19, while Jason Donovan, Denise Van Outen and reality personality Billie Shepherd had to withdraw due to injuries.
Now, the show has decided to 'pause' to protect the welfare of those taking part in the show.
A statement from ITV reads: "ITV have taken the decision to pause Dancing on Ice this week and there will be no live show on Sunday 21st February. 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."
But we will still be able to watch some Sunday night skating. In its place will be a one off special at 6pm on ITV, Dancing On Ice: The Greatest Show On Ice, which will celebrate the most memorable moments in the show’s history.
Good luck to all my friends @dancingonice ! Devastated I ( and @AlexandraLukasz ) can’t be with you on the Ice tonight but fingers crossed for next week.
Go out there and smash it ...
Also ... thank you to everyone on socials for your words support today. Means a lot. Xxx
— Jason Donovan (@JDonOfficial) February 14, 2021
DJ Sonny Jay, Rebekah Vardy, Lady Leshurr, Colin Jackson and Faye Brookes all remain in the competition, with Jason hoping to return on 28th.
"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," he explained earlier this month.
"I’m resting up, I’ll be watching from home and cheering everyone on and I look forward to returning next week."
Dancing On Ice will return on Sunday 28th February.
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