Dancing On Ice to 'pause' after disruption from Covid and injuries

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Dancing On Ice's 2021 line-up

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Dancing On Ice is to take a week-long break after ITV said it was “prudent” not to have a live show this weekend.

The decision follows the departure of Emmerdale actor Joe-Warren Plant last week after he tested positive for Covid-19.

It had previously been announced that Jason Donovan would not be competing this weekend due to back pain.

The show will return on 28 February and will be replaced this weekend by a one-off special featuring past highlights.

Comedian Rufus Hound was also forced to exit the show earlier this month after testing positive for coronavirus.

This year’s series has also seen the departures of of actress Denise Van Outen, who withdrew after partially dislocating her shoulder during training, and reality TV star Billie Shepherd, who injured herself in a fall.

“ITV have taken the decision to pause Dancing on Ice this week and there will be no live show on Sunday,” a spokesperson said.

Jason Donovan

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“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.”

Celebrities remaining on the show include former athlete Colin Jackson, radio DJ Sonny Jay and media personality Rebekah Vardy.

Olympic gymnast Amy Tinkler became the latest celebrity to be axed from the show after losing to rapper Lady Leshurr in Sunday’s skate-off.

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