Phillip Schofield makes a jab at Jason Gardiner

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From Digital Spy

Phillip Schofield couldn't resist making fun of notoriously caustic Dancing on Ice judge Jason Gardiner as the pair prepare to return to the ITV show next year.

The This Morning presenter – who is returning as co-host with Holly Willoughby – was also talking about the big changes viewers can expect when the series eventually launches in 2018.

"It's a reboot – we've rebooted the whole thing," Phillip told Digital Spy at last night's ITV Gala.

"The big changes are that the skating professionals are doing the choreography for their routines with the celebrities – not Jayne [Torvill] and Chris [Dean].

"So that will be some added pressure on them."

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He then joked: "The thing is with Dancing on Ice – you can get cut by the very, very sharp ice blades... or equally you can get cut by Jason Gardiner's tongue."

Torvill and Dean have swapped their coaching roles to become judges on the show, and will be joined by former judge Gardiner, and a new addition in the form of Diversity's Ashley Banjo.

Meanwhile, Dancing on Ice has revealed its 12 professional dancers for the 2018 revival series, as well as four pairings with the celebrity contestants.

Brianne Delcourt, Dan Whiston, Matt Evers and Sylvain Longchambon will be back for the new series in 2018.

Alongside them will be newcomers Melody Le Moal, Brandee Malto, Ale Izquierdo, Megan Marschall, Vanessa Bauer, Hamish Gaman, Lloyd Jones and Matej Silecky.

Additionally, the first four pairings were announced, with Brandee skating with Antony Cotton, Ale skating with Max Evans, Matt dancing with Candice Brown and Lloyd dancing with Donna Air.

Yesterday, the 12th and final celebrity contestant to take part was announced, with Hollyoaks star Stephanie Waring taking up the mantle.

She will be joined by the likes of athlete Perri Shakes-Drayton, Good Morning Britain's Alex Beresford and Love Island's Kem Cetinay.

Alongside the aforementioned, X Factor star Jake Quickenden, former England cricketer Monty Panesar, Corrie actress Brooke Vincent and Bucks Fizz singer Cheryl Baker will be putting on their ice skates.

Dancing on Ice airs on ITV in 2018.

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