Dancing On Ice’s new golden ticket twist explained

Dancing on Ice returns today, and the hit ITV competition show's head judge, Christopher Dean has revealed that a new never-been-done-before 'twist' will be introduced.

The professional skater, 62, has said that viewers should expect a "golden ticket twist" which will really shake thing up for this season's contestants.

Speaking to hosts Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby alongside fellow judge Jayne Torvill, he explained the new twist that gives one of the celebrities a free pass to the following week, as they'll be saved from elimination.

He said: "There is a golden ticket situation for the first two episodes.

"The judges are going to give one celebrity the opportunity to be out of the public vote based on their performance that night."

This will obviously put a lot more power into the judges' hands for the first week of the show, something that we've never seen before on Dancing on Ice.

He added: "there is everything to skate for to not be in that public vote for the fist week."

Another crucial difference to the show this year is the fact there is no live studio audience any more, as part of the restrictions due to Covid.

Jayne said some celebrities would flourish in front of an audience, but revealed others get even more terrified with one.

"The professional skaters will notice it more, as a celebrity on the first show they will probably be absolutely terrified, so it might make them feel a little bit more comfortable knowing there isn’t [an audience].

"Everyone is different," she said.

"In the past some celebrities have really been egged on when they can hear the roar of the crowd, but others come out and see the audience expecting something, and some of them look terrified an would prefer without."

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Phillip asked who the judges thought might win this year, and Christopher exclaimed: "We can’t say that now!

"No way, we will write it down on a piece of paper and hand it to each other and open it up a the end of the series."

Holly predicted: "I am going to go Myleene [Klass].

"She’s got musicality because she is a musician, she is a performer anyway and I think she is going to fall in love with it anyway.

"So that’s my little insider tip, based on nothing by the way!" she laughed.

On the celebrities' ice skating abilities, Christopher laughed off Rufus Hound's previous claim that he only took on the show to pay his mortgage.

"I think he has got the bit between his teeth now," said Christopher.

"I think he is really starting to take on the challenge and enjoy it, it’s that mentality of give me a challenge and I’ll take it on full speed.

"So I think underneath this, ‘I am doing it for the money’ I think he really wants to do well.

Jayne added: "I think he was a slow starter but he is really starting to catch up."

Chris replied: "Yes, and he brings a lot of character to the ice as well, he brings a lot of comedic value."

Jayne continued: Rebekah [Vardy] has showed some really good promise, her basic skating looks quite strong, from what we have seen so far."

The topic then moved to the fact Rebekah accidentally sliced skating partner Andy Buchanan's face with her blade in training.

"Andy has been pushing her to do some of the big lifts, and when you’re upside down you’re not always sure where your foot is," said Jayne.

Chris added: "When a professional gets injured, the celebrity takes on the guilt. They have that anxiety then.

"But as professionals, we know that these are going to happen, it’s no one’s fault.

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