Dancing on Ice 2020 – when does it start, what is John Barrowman’s new role and why did Jason Gardiner quit?

Dancing on Ice 2020 – when does it start, what is John Barrowman’s new role and why did Jason Gardiner quit?

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GET ready for a brand new series of your favourite celebrity skating show, Dancing On Ice.

We have the lowdown on the 2020 series – plus find out why John Barrowman is replacing Jason Gardiner.

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The hit skating show will be back in 2020[/caption]

When does Dancing On Ice 2020 start?

There is still no date confirmed for the next series.

However, it is likely that the new series of the show will kick off around the same time as the previous two seasons, which have started on the first weekend of January.

If the trend continues, we could see the new series of Dancing on Ice start on January 5, 2020.

John Barrowman is joining Dancing On Ice
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What is John Barrowman’s new role on Dancing On Ice?

In September 2019 it was revealed that John would be the new judge on the panel when the show returns in 2020.

The actor is taking the seat left vacant by Jason Gardiner, who announced that he was leaving the ITV programme.

John vowed to bring something “fresh, fun and fab-u-lous” to the show.

The TV star, who competed on the ice-skating show in 2006, said: “I am so excited to be returning to the Dancing On Ice family.

“Unlike most I have been through the rigorous task of skating live as a contestant in the first series.

“This is a thrilling adventure for me and I hope to bring a fresh, fun and fab-u-lous angle to the judging panel.”

John will be taking a seat alongside Jayne Torvill, Christoper Dean and Ashley Banjo for the 2020 series.

Jason Gardiner (far left) has quit DOI
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Why did Jason Gardiner quit Dancing On Ice?

Jason announced in August 2019 that he was not returning – siting it was time for him to “say goodbye”.

The sharp-tongued judge, who had been on the panel for all but one of the series, said in a video shared to Instagram: “After all these years I feel it’s time for me to say goodbye to my judging role and instead I would like to return to things I have kind of put on the back burner for a while.”

Jason, who fell out with contestant Gemma Collins during the 2019 show, continued: “To all of my DOI fans I really thank you for your support and encouragement over the years.

“I know we’ve gone through some controversies and I really am so grateful that you got my unique judging style and honestly.

“It’s because of you I never cowered or shied away from serving up the truth.”

Addressing his fellow judges and hosts on the show he said: “Holly, Phil, Jane and Chris we created something that we can be very proud of after the ice has finally thawed.

“We’ve had a lot of laughs over the years a lot of trials and tribulations and I have absolutely loved working with all of you.”

Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby return as hosts of Dancing On Ice
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Who is in the line-up for Dancing On Ice 2020?

While nothing official has been confirmed by ITV just yet, The Sun exclusively revealed that Love Island 2019 winner Amber Gill has been lined up to do the next series.

A source told us: “Love Island contestants always do really well on the series as they are still fresh in everyone’s minds.

“Amber is a stunning girl and they know she’ll look fabulous in all the sequinned costumes. She has a gutsy personality, too, so will make excellent viewing.”

James Jordan and his skating partner Alexandra Schauman were crowned the winners in 2019
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Who will host Dancing On Ice 2020?

Hosts Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby have already confirmed for a new series in 2020.

The pair have hosted the show together since it first began back in 2006.

They have proved very popular on the show – last year Holly created fireworks with her on-going feud with contestant Gemma Collins.


Who won Dancing On Ice 2019?

The Dancing On Ice 2019 final was on March 10, 2019, and saw Wes Nelson, James Jordan and Saara Aalto compete for that top spot.

Two million votes were cast, with Strictly star James Jordan and his skating partner Alexandra Schauman being crowned the winners.

They beat Wes who came in second and Saara who was third.





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