Dancing on Ice will not air in its usual live format tonight (Sunday, February 21).
The live episode of the show has been taken off air in order for the stars of Dancing On Ice 2021 to recuperate after a series of unfortunate events have pushed the show back a week.
It will not air on Sunday night (February 21) as usual in order to give its remaining stars time to recover from their injuries.
It comes after Jason Donovan was forced to miss a skate on the weekend, after injuring his back.
His co-star Joe-Warren Plant and his partner Vanessa Bauer had quit the ITV competition after testing positive for coronavirus just days earlier.
He had become the fifth contestant to quit in a matter of weeks, with others also forced to pull out due to coronavirus or injuries.
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Denise Van Outen was replaced by Amy Tinkler early on in the series, after breaking her shoulder in three places.
She did perform despite the pain but eventually had to withdraw upon learning how bad her shoulder was.
Comedian Rufus Hound was also forced to withdraw after testing positive for coronavirus.
Similarly, Billie Faiers had to quit after already being given a week off ahead of a painful head injury.
Billie could not have a break after she hit her head on the ice, as she’d already missed the show before due to the sad loss of a family member.
Graham Bell did make it onto the ice, but his professional skating partner Yebin Mok did not.
Before the first episode, a freak accident during training left her with a nasty “stab wound” in her leg, requiring weeks of recovery.
Why is Dancing on Ice not on TV tonight?
ITV has confirmed the series will continue on Sunday, February 28, after a number of contestants have been injured or forced to quit because of coronavirus, The Mirror reports.
A source said: “ITV has taken the decision to pause Dancing on Ice this week and there will be no live show on Sunday 21st February.
“Each week our production team and cast have delivered a fantastic show during incredibly challenging times.
“The welfare of all of those involved is important to us and we felt it prudent to take a week’s break at this juncture.
“Continuing to make the best TV for our viewers is of paramount importance to us and we look forward to resuming the competition next week, with the show back live on Sunday 28th February.”
What will replace Dancing on Ice on ITV tonight?
The normal competition won’t air this weekend, however, you won’t have to miss the show completely.
Whilst everyone gets a week off, a special one-off show will be on our screens.
Dancing on Ice: The Greatest Show on Ice, will replace it for one week only.
This highlight show will show clips of previous seasons.
The most memorable performances, eliminations and of course falls will all be remembered.
Dancing On Ice airs Sundays at 6pm on ITV.