It was announced last year that the current series of Dancing on Ice would be the last after Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean decided to call it a day.
Since Torvill and Dean are of course the main stars, ITV decided to drop the format rather than continuing with it. But since the rest of their reality TV portfolio has been a complete disaster, the broadcaster may be thinking of bringing Dancing on Ice back.
ITV own the format rights to Dancing on Ice so they have the rights to bring it back without Torvill and Dean, but it just wouldn’t be the same…
A source told the Daily Star: “Dancing on Ice may not pull in the numbers it once did but it is still a huge ratings winner for ITV. There’s no proven show in line to replace it which is a worry for channel bosses.
“It is a tried and tested formula which is not only popular with viewers, but it also brings in huge amounts of cash from advertising.
“ITV own the format rights so there’s nothing to stop them from bringing it back without its main stars. The general feeling is the show is now bigger than Jayne and Chris.
“At the beginning, it relied on their fame to bring in the viewers but now it’s bigger than that. It’s not a done deal yet but ITV bosses are already discussing the possibility. The most likely scenario is it will be rested for a year then brought back in 2016”.
Dancing on Ice may not be the diamond it once was, but it still brings in 7-plus-million viewers every week, which is more than we can say for the likes of Splash! and Stepping Out.
In our exclusive interview with professional dancer, Daniel Whiston a couple of weeks back, he also said that he wouldn’t be surprised if the show came back in one format or another.
He told us: “What I would say is that the public are really upset that it’s finishing and the amount of tweets that we all have saying ‘It can’t finish this year’ – which is kind of a positive thing in a way, as we’re finishing on a high and people don’t want it to go.
“But, I do think that there is scope for it to carry on somehow so I’d say watch this space. I wouldn’t be surprised if it was picked up by somebody as the concept is still amazing and people still want to see it. I wouldn’t be surprised if it carried on in another format”.
Do you think Dancing on Ice is tired and should be axed, or do you think there’s room for it to continue without Torvil and Deal at the helm?