Friday 19 January 2018

Phillip: Right time for Ice to end

Phillip Schofield hosts Dancing On Ice with Christine Bleakley
Phillip Schofield hosts Dancing On Ice with Christine Bleakley

Phillip Schofield has said he thinks it is the "right time" for Dancing On Ice to end.

The ITV show - which Phillip hosts with Christine Bleakley - is finishing after its ninth series, which starts in January.

Discussing the end of the programme, he said: "Eight million people are not getting it wrong on a Sunday night."

But he added: "Although they won't stop skating, there's an enormous amount of work involved for (Jayne) Torvill and (Christopher) Dean in Dancing On Ice, especially for Chris, so I think it's the right time for it to end.

"Whether skating is reinvented in the future, who knows?"

The final season will bow out with an "all-star" special, featuring former champions and popular celebrities from the last eight years.

Torvill and Dean will again train the stars as they celebrate the 30th anniversary of their gold-medal winning Bolero routine.

Phillip said: "It will be really great because there will be a lot of people who can skate right from the word 'go'. A lot of the skaters will be of an equal ability once they get back on the ice, so I think we'll have a real competition."

The TV presenter also revealed that he has never entertained the idea of being a contestant himself.

"It's too dangerous, it hurts too much, it's b****y hard - it really is!" he admitted. "What's more, those blades... I think people forget the peril. Those blades are like knives, so when you're skating with your partner, there are four knives on the ice."

:: Phillip Schofield co-hosts A Night of Heroes - The Military Awards on ITV on Monday, December 16, at 9pm.

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