ITV has revealed the judging panel for the forthcoming celebrity series Dancing On Ice. Former Pussycat Doll Ashley Roberts will join the new look panel with Jason Gardiner and Karen Barber returning alongside Robin Cousins as head judge.
The return of Karen Barber and Jason Gardiner, and the addition of Ashley Roberts to the panel, follows the decision of Louie Spence and Emma Bunton to quit Dancing On Ice. The new series will kick off in the New Year on ITV1 with celebrities once again taking to the ice to perform in front of the judges, studio audience and viewers at home.
“I’m delighted to be returning to the show and I’m very much looking forward to getting back behind the judges desk. I look forward to seeing what this years celebrities can deliver on the ice, I just hope they’re ready for my honest critique.” – Jason Gardiner
Last year’s series was won by Emmerdale actor Matthew Wolfenden with Hollyoaks‘ Jorgie Porter in second place and X Factor novelty act Chico in third. Amongst the celebrities partaking in this years competition will be ex Blue Peter presenter Anthea Turner, politician Oona King, Baywatch sex icon Pamela Anderson, Coronation Street‘s Samia Ghadie and 2005 X Factor winner Shayne Ward.
“I’m beyond excited to be joining Dancing on Ice as a judge, to work alongside Torvill & Dean is such an honour, they’re absolute legends. We’ve got some fantastic names lined up to skate this year and I can’t wait to see their routines on the ice” – Ashley Roberts
Dancing on Ice will kick off on ITV1 on January 6th 2013