What time does Dancing on Ice 2021 start tonight?

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Despite the coronavirus pandemic, some reality series have found a way to go ahead. Strictly Come Dancing, The Masked Singer and The Voice have managed to find a way to remain Covid-19 compliant so the show can still go on and the same is true for Dancing on Ice. Express.co.uk has the lowdown on the new series.

What time does Dancing on Ice 2021 start tonight?

Dancing on Ice kicks off this evening at 6pm on ITV with a total of 10 episodes expected to air this series

The show will be lasting for two hours and wraps up at 8pm.

Only six of the 12 couples will be taking to the ice this week as per the show’s format with the Ice Panel dishing out their critique.

Next week will see the remaining six couples performing for their chance to remain in the competition.

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As always, This Morning duo Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby will be back on hosting duties.

Offering up their discerning opinions will the Jayne Torvill, Christopher Dean, Ashley Banjo and John Barrowman.

This year has also seen a shake-up in the skating professionals line-up with new professionals Angela Egan, Klabera Komini and Yebin Mok joining.

The series features an eclectic mix of stars from all across the celebrity spectrum from sports, television, music and even royalty.

Here is a list of this year’s Dancing on Ice couples:

  • Jason Donovan & Alexandra Schauman
  • Joe-Warren Plant & Vanessa Bauer
  • Denise Van Outen & Matt Evers
  • Graham Bell & Karina Manta
  • Lady Leshurr & Brendyn Hatfield
  • Rebekah Vardy & Andy Buchanan
  • Colin Jackson CBE & Klabera Komini
  • Billie Shepherd & Mark Hanretty
  • Rufus Hound & Robin Johnstone
  • Sonny Jay & Angela Egan
  • Myleene Klass & Lukasz Różycki
  • Faye Brookes & Hamish Gaman

Returning professionals include Andy Buchanan and Robin Johnstone, while Joe Johnson and Karina Manta will lead the professional group routines.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, there will be no live audience at the rink this year while the judges will be separated by perspex panels.

Even before the show launched, there was drama after new professional Mok sustained an injury while training with her celebrity partner Graham Bell which will see her out of the show for a few weeks.

The pair were due to perform during the first line show but this has now been changed with Bell partnered with Manta while Mok recovers and they will be appearing in the second show.

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The “freak accident” saw Mok end up with a blade going into her leg and the professional taken to hospital to receive medical treatment.

She has been keeping fans up to date about her progress which has included physio exercises and a diet to help her injury to heal.

Mom said she was “gutted” to be missing out at the last minute following weeks of training with Bell.

Dancing on Ice is known for its injuries and this is only likely to be one of the first on the show with more inevitably to come as the competition progresses.

Speaking about this year’s Dancing on Ice cast, presenter Willoughby said: “I think this year’s line-up is amazing actually. I really, really do.

“There are some really great characters. There are people that are great performers anyway like Denise Van Outen. People like that who know how to work a stage so we’ll see how that translates onto the

ice rink.

“It’s just an exciting line-up and it’s great having a new year.

“Some people that you think are going to be brilliant don’t then materialise too much or they get the fear because, whilst they might be able to dance, the ice adds this whole different element.”

Dancing on Ice 2021 starts on ITV tonight at 6pm

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