Holly Willoughby to present Dancing On Ice alongside Stephen Mulhern, ITV confirms

Holly Willoughby (PA)
Holly Willoughby (PA)

Holly Willoughby will return to television to present Dancing On Ice with Stephen Mulhern in January, ITV confirmed on Thursday.

The former This Morning host and Stephen Mulhern will reunite to host Dancing On Ice 20 years after they presented Ministry Of Mayhem together.

Katie Rawcliffe, head of entertainment commissioning at ITV, said: "Holly and Stephen are two of our best loved presenters, so reuniting them 20 years after they first appeared on screen together to host Dancing On Ice marks the start of an exciting year for the show."

Phillip Schofield, who had presented the ice skating competition alongside Willoughby since 2006, will not return to front the programme following his resignation from ITV earlier this year after he admitted having an affair with a younger male former colleague on This Morning.

Willoughby also left This Morning in October following 14 years on the sofa.

Mulhern briefly hosted alongside Willoughby on the ITV skating competition in 2022 after Schofield tested positive for Covid-19.

The pair also presented Saturday morning children’s show Ministry Of Mayhem, later titled Holly & Stephen’s Saturday Showdown, from 2004 to 2006.

Mulhern has become a regular face on ITV over the years presenting shows including Britain’s Got More Talent, game show Catchphrase and the revived Deal Or No Deal.

The 16th series of Dancing On Ice, due to launch in January, will see 12 celebrities take to the ice in a bid to impress a panel of judges as well as viewers at home.

Among the 2024 line-up are former world champion boxer Ricky Hatton, Coronation Street actress Claire Sweeney, singer Hannah Spearritt, West End star Amber Davies and Olympian Greg Rutherford.

TV personality Miles Nazaire, comedian and writer Lou Sanders, actor Ricky Norwood, radio presenter Adele Roberts, actor Ryan Thomas and Emmerdale’s Roxy Shahidi will also compete.

Former Gogglebox star Stephen Lustig-Webb was due to feature but was forced to pull out after breaking his left ankle during ice skating training, with Olympian Eddie “The Eagle” Edwards taking his place.

Dancing On Ice will return to ITV and ITVX in 2024 for a nine-week run.