Dancing On Ice cancelled for one week to 'protect welfare of cast and crew'

Dancing On Ice will not go ahead on Sunday as ITV has taken the decision to pause filming for a week for ‘the welfare of the cast and crew’.

ITV said in a statement: ‘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.’

In place of this weekend’s live episode, a special tribute programme Dancing On Ice: The Greatest Show On Ice, will air in its 6pm slot.

The one-off is a celebratory look back at some of the most iconic moments in the show’s history.

The move comes after a handful of celebrity contestants have been forced to drop out of the series.

Singer Jason Donovan was absent from last weekend’s episode due to back pain, with doctors advising him to rest.

It followed the exit of Emmerdale star Joe-Warren Plant, who had to quit after testing positive for Covid-19 with skating partner Vanessa Bauer. Comedian Rufus Hound previously left for the same reason.

Towie star Billie Faiers left the competition after suffering a fall while actress Denise Van Outen pulled out after fracturing her shoulder.

Last Sunday’s show saw Amy Tinkler become the latest contestant to be eliminated.

Dancing On Ice airs Sundays at 6pm on ITV

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