Why Dancing on Ices final has been cancelled after ITVs schedule shake-up

Anyone hoping to see their favourite celebs battle for theDancing on Ice trophy will have to wait a bit longer before they find out who will take home the amazing trophy.

In a shake-up to its typical Sunday schedule, ITV has confirmed that the Dancing on Ice final will not air on Sunday 20 March, due to a scheduling conflict.

The dancing show's finale has been pushed back by a week so the channel can cover the FA Cup quarter-final match between Nottingham Forest and Liverpool.

The football match is due to kick off at 5.15pm and coverage will be on ITV for three hours, meaning that the programme would clash with Dancing on Ice’s usual prime-time 6.30pm slot on ITV1.

As a result, the skating competition’s final episode will now air on Sunday 27 March instead.

However, to make up for the delay, fans of Dancing on Ice will be able to see the finalists battle it out in an extra-long episode next week.

Last week it was revealed thatBrendan Cole, Regan Gascoigne and Kimberly Wyatt would be taking their place as the final three.

After a dreaded skate-off, the four judges – Jayne Torvill, Christopher Dean, Oti Mabuse and Ashley Banjo – announced that Connor Ball and Kye Whyte would be leaving the show.

In spite of the exit, Kye and Connor remained positive as Kye said: “I've loved this so much, I'm doing TV again one day!”

While Connor added: “I've honestly had the best time ever!”

Things were also thrown into turmoil when presenterHolly Willoughby tested positive for Covid-19 a few hours before the semi final, causing co-hostPhillip Schofield to go it alone.

Announcing the news, a spokesperson for Dancing on Ice said: “Unfortunately, Holly Willoughby is unable to host tonight's show after testing positive for Covid-19.

“We look forward to Holly returning for the Dancing on Ice Live Final.”

59 year oldPhillip sent well wishers to his fellow This Morning presenter as he kickstarted the programme.

“As you can see, Holly isn't here tonight. We found out just a few hours ago [she tested positive for Covid],” he explained.

“I know what it's like to watch this show from home, really weird, Holly get well soon, lots of love!,” referring to his own time in isolation after testing positive for coronavirus earlier this year.

Despite the last minute change, this isn’t the first time that ITV has been forced to mix up its popular schedule.

Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway was off air on Saturday 19 March due to the channel’s coverage of the Six Nations rugby.

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Dancing on Ice continues on Sunday 27 March on ITV.

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