'Dancing On Ice' to end a week early as ITV brings forward finale

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Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby
'Dancing On Ice' TV show, Series 13, Episode 4, Hertfordshire, UK - 07 Feb 2021
Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby 'Dancing On Ice' (ITV/Rex)

The current series of Dancing On Ice will conclude a week earlier than originally planned after being blighted by multiple injuries and positive coronavirus tests.

The grand final was due to take place on Sunday 21 March but bosses have today announced that it will air a week earlier.

A statement from ITV explains: "ITV have taken the decision to move the final of Dancing On Ice forward by one week.

"The competition’s final will now take place on Sunday 14th March.

"Our production team and cast have delivered a fantastic show during incredibly challenging times. Continuing to make the best TV for our viewers is our top priority and we look forward to the rest of the series, on air from this Sunday at 6pm.”

The decisions comes after ITV put the series on pause for a week, with a Best Of compilation show airing in place of a live episode last Sunday.

Jason Donovan then became the fifth celebrity contestant to withdraw from the current series, citing "an ongoing back issue".

“Unfortunately I can’t continue in the competition, and therefore have to withdraw," he said in a video shared on social media. "It’s a nightmare and I’m completely gutted.

“We put so much work into getting to this point but I have to respect my health and respect my body moving forward. That is my biggest priority moving forward.”

Denise Van Outen was the first skater to make an unplanned exit when she broke her shoulder in three places in January.

Rufus Hound left after testing positive for Covid-19, as did Emmerdale actor Joe-Warren Plant and his professional partner Vanessa Bauer.

Billie Faiers was forced to quit after a fall on the ice – but it's not just the novice celebrity skaters who have suffered injuries.

Faye Brookes' pro partner Hamish Gaman was forced to quit earlier this month after an accident which took place off the ice and before the series even began, Graham Bell's partner Yebin Mok was replaced after needing medical attention.

Gaman has been replaced by Matt Evers.