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Dancing on Ice – Why Bring It Back?
TV writer and figure skater Tasha Burden reflects on ITV's revival of their Sunday evening skating show, Dancing on Ice
Back in the day, Dancing on Ice worked as a format. It was an amazing opportunity for semi-celebrities to get free, extensive tuition from the best coaches in the UK, and boost their popularity.
“I recall the program lengths being so long that must have tested the patience of even the most loyal fans of the show after a while
In the past, the judging panel included Robin Cousins, 1980 Olympic men’s singles gold medalist, Karen Hardy, Olympic ice dancer, and even Katarina Witt, German ex-figure skater who won two gold medals in the Olympic woman’s singles. With Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean at the rink-side, the combination of skating royalty could allow the audience to overlook the presenters pandering to Jason Gardiner - the pantomime villain of the judging panel, and the dreadful made-up skating terms used by the commentator.
As a figure skater, I perhaps find the skill level of the celebrities somewhat less remarkable than the average person, but if you look at the celebrity away from the professional skating around them, they are stood still or being pulled around for much of the routine. Towards the end of the series the entertainment value of the routines does admittedly increase, however the likelihood of the celebrities falling over decreases.
“The judging panel now consists of Torvill and Dean, Jason, and a member of Diversity
Therefore, whilst I love the exposure that the show gives to the sport and the support it gives to local ice rinks, I truly can’t watch the new series of Dancing on Ice, which is now a less successful version of Strictly Come Dancing with adverts.