First look at Dancing On Ice’s Covid-safe makeover as ITV denies it’s cancelled

We’ve got our first look at Dancing On Ice’s Covid safe measures.

The hit skating show will air later this month with a brand new roster of fresh-faced celebs battling it out for the win.

Names like Myleene Klass, Rebekah Vardy and Sonny Jay – who himself confirmed the show was “100%” going ahead on Capital Radio this morning – will be putting their skates on.

And though it is happening, fans can expect a slightly different looking show this year after bosses went all out to make it happen.

The Sun reports that ITV have “pulled out all the stops” to keep everyone involved safe, much as it did for I’m A Celebrity late last year.

The Dancing On Ice judges will be separated by perspex screens as a new Covid-safe measure
The judges will be separated by perspex screens

Telly insiders told the publication that the live audience has been scrapped all together for the first time in 15 years of Dancing On Ice.

Strictly Come Dancing implemented similar measures last year.

But unlike Strictly, Dancing On Ice won’t move the judges to separate desks all together, it’s claimed.

Dancing On Ice won't have a live audience for the first time in 15 years
There won’t be a live audience for the first time in the show’s 15-year history

Instead, Jayne Torvill, Christopher Dean, Ashley Banjo and John Barrowman will be separated by perspex screens.

Previous years have seen the four sat quite close together, but amid a spike in Covid cases ITV opted to take no chances.

The broadcaster was last night forced to deny rumours that the show was in doubt as England is plunged into a third lockdown.

ITV confirmed Dancing On Ice is going ahead despite lockdown fears
It will be going ahead despite the third lockdown

Dancing On Ice judges will be separated by perspex screens this year amid Covid fears
Previous years have seen the judges close together

A spokesperson told The Mirror: “We have stringent protocols in place to ensure the health and safety of all our contributors and staff which are routinely monitored and updated to reflect the current guidelines.

Meanwhile, Olympic skier Graham Bell – partnered with Yebin Mok for the upcoming series – already reckons he knows who’ll win.

He tipped Rebekah Vardy to lift the trophy after seeing her skate just once.

Rebekah Vardy was tipped by co-star Graham Bell to win Dancing On Ice
Rebekah’s been tipped for the win

Graham Bell reckons Rebekah Vardy is his stiffest competition in Dancing On Ice
Graham reckoned he’s got stiff competition from Becky Vardy

Graham told us : “I’ll tell you who’s looking good, in case you want to place a bet, is Becky Vardy.

“I’ve seen her first routine, she’s been really hard and taking it really seriously.”

*Dancing On Ice 2021 launches on Sunday, 17 January on ITV.

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