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Torvill and Dean to Swap Coaching for Judging

Fans hoping to see Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean revive the Bolero on the show’s reboot are going to be left disappointed.

Instead of their old role on the ITV show as coaches, bosses are now considering bringing the Olympic gold medal winners back on board as
judges.

But they won’t be returning to screen for several months, as it is not expected to air until January 2018.

A show insider said: “Torvill and Dean loved their years spent teaching celebrities how to skate but they want to change things up for the new series.

“Now they are in talks to become judges, where they will finally get to have a proper say on what they think about the celebrities taking
part.

“In the original format they were there to help them along the way, but this will mean they can use their gold medal winning expertise to
decide who continues in the competition.

“If anyone is qualified to be a judge, it’s them, and it would be a great way to shake up the format and give it a new lease of life.”

Other professional ice skaters are now in discussions to join the show to work as trainers for the celebrities taking part.

The Sun revealed the popular talent show was being lined up for a shock return in March, three years after it ended on ITV.

Last month, Jayne confirmed it would be coming back but admitted the format was being updated.

She said: “I love that it’s coming back, it’s great news – I’m really looking forward to it.

“The show will definitely be refreshed but the basics will be the same. There’s a new bar to set when the show returns.”

At its peak, it was the third-highest rated show on the telly.

With this latest twist, it could soon be racing back towards the top.

I think it would be a great move to put them on the judging panel.

But they've got to get Dancing on Ice's original Mr Nasty JASON GARDINER back - an essential part of the show.

And I'd quite like to throw KAREN BARBER into the mix as her rows with Jason were legendary.

 

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