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Dancing On Ice has been postponed this week to give competitors a chance to rest ahead of the next stage of the competition. This follows multiple celebrities having to leave due to coronavirus and some suffering injuries. Torvill and Dean warned of the pressures and dangers of the show ahead of ITV’s decision to delay the competition for one week.
In a statement, an ITV spokesperson explained that it would be “prudent to take a week’s break” at this point in the competition.
They felt it would help to protect “the welfare of all of those involved”.
It followed Jason Donovan having to pull out of Sunday’s episode after he injured his back – but he’s due to return next week.
Torvill and Dean revealed there were unique challenges for both the competitors and judges on the show this year due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Unlike previous year’s the hit ITV show has no studio audience, which presented difficulties and benefits, according to the judges.
Dean felt that Dancing On Ice was important to boost morale and distract the public from England’s third national lockdown.
He noted that the celebrities were “really competitive” this year, but due to the nature of skating on ice it was risky.
Dean said: “You’re a fraction away from disaster at times.
“I think [Dancing On Ice] puts you on the edge of your seat… but it still has a warm feeling about it as well.”
When asked if watching the show was as “nerve wracking” for them as it was for viewers, he admitted it was.
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Dean said he and Torvill had “seen most things” on the ice and often “knew what was going to happen” – but at times he was surprised.
He added: “We squeeze the desk quite hard at times and tense up… ‘Don’t wobble!’
“I have to say, as fun as it is and as exciting as it is, it is dangerous at the same time too.
“That ice is pretty unforgiving once you start to get it wrong, especially if someone’s up in a high lift.
“We take all the precautions that we can but it’s ice, you know, it’s dancing on ice, it has its jeopardy, let’s call it ‘jeopardy.’”
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Even Torvill and Dean found it unusual this year because they had to “stay separated from each other in the studio”.
He told Express.co.uk: “If one of us got it, it would take us both out from judging.”
They had to film in a different way to avoid any potential spread of coronavirus – which has infected more than four million people in the UK and killed 117,000.
Dean said: “We did all of our performances before Christmas so that we can now continue to judge.
“And then, if one of us gets sick it doesn’t take the other one out.”
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Torvill admitted that she had got used to not having a live studio audience and some of them felt it made it easier for them.
She said: “Some of them prefer not having the audience, it gives them less pressure.
“To come out through the tunnel and see hundreds of people, when you’re already out of your comfort zone, is probably quite scary.”
However, Torvill confessed that not all of the competitors felt the same.
She continued: “Some of them… like to react to an audience so it’s sort of a balance of some do, some don’t.”
The skater quipped that it was easier for the judges because they knew they “weren’t going to get booed by the audience, if they don’t agree with the mark”.
Despite this, Torvill received “a few boos” from cast and crew last month after they thought she was judging too harshly.
Dean added: “It’s surprising how everybody becomes an expert in a short space of time!”
But Torvill didn’t feel her marking was out of line and argued it was her “personal feelings” about the performances.
She admitted that “a couple” of her marks were lower than others but overall she considered that to be “unusual”, adding: “There’s a lot of improvement to be done going forward… you can’t give too high marks to everybody because they need to earn it.”
Dancing On Ice returns to ITV at 6pm on February 28.
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