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Dancing On Ice 2021: All the changes and new rules to this year’s series to stay Covid safe

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The Dancing On Ice team are doing what they can to stick to the rules (Picture: ITV)

Despite lockdown three, Team ITV is determined to ensure Dancing On Ice 2021 goes ahead as planned – and this year’s 12 celebrities are hard at work practicing for launch night.

With just over a week to go before the series returns, the production team has put into place a series of strict Covid guidelines, rules and regulations to keep the show safe and on the air.

So what exactly has been done?

Here’s everything that’s been put in place to make sure the show goes on.

Moving in together

While it’s not known what every celebrity and skating pro is doing, some of the stars have moved the professional dancers into their family home.

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Matt Evers is now living in Essex with Denise Van Outen so they can safely bubble together, practice together, and Denise can continue living with her children.

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The judges will be separated by perspex screens (Picture: ITV)

Joe Warren-Plant is currently staying in a hotel near his training rink, as is his partner Vanessa Bauer.

Glass panels for the judges

Dancing On Ice has followed in the footsteps of shows including The Masked Singer, Big Fat Quiz Of The Year and RuPaul’s Drag Race, and have placed perspex panels between each judge.

This is to ensure they can still sit next to each other on the panel, without getting too close.

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Like Strictly, the groups will be cheering on their competitors on tables (Picture: ITV)

No live audience

Unfortunately due to social distancing there will be no live audience for the forseeable future on the show.

Instead, the competitors will be seated around separate tables, cheering on in their place.

This is similar to what Strictly Come Dancing did, with cabaret-style seating creating a new atmosphere around the ice rink at Bovingdon Airfield in Hertfordshire.

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What have ITV said about Dancing On Ice going ahead?

Ensuring viewers the competition will go ahead as planned, a rep for ITV told Metro.co.uk: ‘We have stringent protocols in place to ensure the health and safety of all our contributors and staff which are routinely monitored and updated to reflect the current guidelines.

‘We’re in constant contact with our entire cast in training and there have been no concerns raised.

‘ITV takes the safety and welfare of everyone involved with its programmes extremely seriously and follows all government guidelines regarding Covid-19.

‘The government has confirmed TV production can carry on throughout lockdown.’

When does Dancing On Ice 2021 start?

Dancing On Ice is scheduled to start Sunday, January 17 on ITV.

It will then air weekly, with a contestant eliminated via public vote after each heat.

Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby will be hosting the series, with Jayne Torvill, Christopher Dean, John Barrowman and Ashley Banjo continuing their place as judges.

Dancing On Ice launches January 17 on ITV.

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