Strictly: Arlene Phillips discusses watching the show
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ITV confirmed John Barrowman wouldn’t be returning to Dancing on Ice 2022 as a judge. It has now been reported former Strictly judge Arlene Phillips will be replacing John on the panel and sit alongside skating professionals Christopher Dean and Jayne Torvill, as well as Diversity dancer Ashley Banjo
The 78-year-old is said to be in talks to make her return to TV since the BBC axed her from Strictly Come Dancing in 2009.
A source told The Sun: “The fact that Arlene is a mature woman with decades of experience in the dance world is seen as a huge asset for Dancing on Ice.
“In contrast to what people see as her harsh treatment by Strictly, ITV bosses see her seniority as a brilliant way to create a diverse panel of experts on the show.”
They went on to point out the judging panel will consist of two men and two women now spanning an “extensive age range”.
John won’t be returning to the upcoming series of Dancing on Ice, but he will be returning to another ITV show.
An ITV spokesperson confirmed to Express.co.uk: “We thank John Barrowman for two brilliant years on the Dancing on Ice panel and are pleased to be working with him again as host of the forthcoming All Star Musicals specials.”
A spokesperson for John added: “John is thrilled to be returning to work for ITV as host on the new All Star Musicals.”
ITV clarified the actor’s exit from the show was not related to allegations he “exposed himself” on the set of Doctor Who.
In April 2021, a video from a Doctor Who convention in 2015 showed actor Noel Clarke claiming Barrowman would take “his d*** out every five minutes”.
Barrowman later told the Daily Mail in July 2021 he did cause “awkwardness” on the set of Doctor Who and Torchwood.
The actor explained at the time he was seeking therapy for the trauma of being “cancelled” and was drawing a “thick black line” under his past.
“As Captain Jack Harkness, I was the star of Torchwood, so I felt it was down to me to lead the company and keep them entertained,” John said.
Dancing on Ice won’t air until January 2022, although bosses have already started revealing which celebrities will be taking part in the series.
On Monday, Lorraine Kelly announced the first celebrity taking part, while Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield confirmed the second big name on This Morning.
Coronation Street star Sally Dynevor, who is best known for her role as Sally Webster was the first celebrity confirmed.
Speaking on Lorraine, Sally said: “Oh my gosh Lorraine this morning I was really nervous because only you and me and a few other people knew I was doing it but now everyone knows so I can’t back out.”
The actress continued: “It’s going to be a massive challenge, but you know what, I’m not getting any younger so I should take every opportunity I can get.”
Happy Mondays’ singer Bez was the second star to be announced and will join Sally in the star-studded line-up.
The third star to be announced for the upcoming series is Paralympian Stef Reid.
Richard Arnold confirmed the news during Tuesday’s Good Morning Britain.
Express.co.uk has approached ITV for comment.
Dancing on Ice is expected to return to ITV later this year.
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