The Dancing on Ice competition is a television contest aired on the UKs itv television channel which has proved extremely popular since its launch with celebrities and viewers alike. Presented by epic TV duo Christine Bleakley and Phillip Schofield alongside ice skating legends Torvill & Dean, the show was an instant hit with the UK public. Since its launch in 2006, Dancing on Ice is one of the few itv shows to have maintained fairly consistant ratings across a number of years; five years after it’s launch, itv’s Dancing on Ice competition gained its largest number of viewers – extremely unusual with these types of reality TV shows.
COMPETITION COMING SOON! Beyond the celebrity talent contest Dancing on Ice always have a fantastic viewer competition whereby fans can enter to win a massive prize. We’ll post them here as soon as they are announced, alongside a couple of other popular TV competitions.
Previous for viewers Dancing on Ice competition prizes have included holidays to New York, Iceland and Dubai along with a cash prize and tickets to see the live Dancing On Ice show. Like many itv competitions, you can enter multiple times & entry is free if you use the itv.com online entry method – we’ll keep you right & let you know how many times you can enter so you have the me.
In typical itv competitions format, entering the Dancing on Ice competition involves answering a simple multiple choice question (sometimes it is a straight-forward prize draw with no question) and submitting your entry via sms text message, telephone call or online. Previously viewers can enter the competition three times per phone number, however this is subject to change and the terms and conditions for each individual competition should be consulted. As usual, you need to be over 18 to enter and you must provide your real name.
Similar to other itv talent based reality shows such as X Factor, to win the competition, contestants first compete for votes from the panel of judges. In Dancing on Ice, this panel is known as the “Ice Panel”. Due to the nature of figure skating, celebrity contestants are paired with a professional ice skater with whom they perform for the duration of the show. The contestants are then coached throughout the series by Jayne Torvill & Christopher Dean along with their professional partner. Males are paired with a female, and females with males (although I wouldn’t be surprised if we see a male-male pairing at some point in the future!).
Every show, each couple complete their dancing routine (which must contain a number of pre-decided professional ice skating moves) and the judges place their vote, creating a leaderboard of contestants based on their performance. There is then a television skate-off between those with the lowest scores and a combination of public votes and the ice panel decide who wins the skate off and stays…& who looses. The looser then leaves the Dancing on Ice competition and the format continues to the semi-final. Full details available on the wiki.
Actors and actresses seem to top the leader board of Dancing On Ice winners over previous years, however the biggest surprise in many ways was in 2007 (series 2 ) when Rugby Union star Kyran Bracken went on to win the Dancing on Ice competition and be crowned champion. Conversely, football superstar Graeme Le Saux was first leave the competition in 2009 (series 4). Just goes to show how these macho men can compete & gain respect for a sport in which many men (& especially boys) can feel threatened and bullied.
Another amazing example of a male Dancing On Ice contestant is Johnson Beharry, an army soldier who was awarded the Victoria Cross for bravery. Suffering serious head injuries during service, Johnson made it to the Dancing On Ice semi-finals on 2011.
Beyond the main itv show there were a number of extras and spin offs; Dancing on Ice Defrosted and Dancing on Ice Exclusive. Many viewers of Dancing on Ice also love “Strictly Come Dancing”; a dancing competition which airs on BBC and has also seen growing ratings since it was first broadcast.
Pamala Anderson is tipped to be a contestant in the 2013 Dancing on Ice show!
So be sure to check back regularly; we post the viewer Dancing on Ice competition question, answer and link on the itvcompetitions website as soon as it is announced!
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