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Dancing On Ice to finish in 2014

Story by Jack Foley

DANCING On Ice is to be axed after one more series in 2014.

ITV has taken the decision even though the show regularly pulls in more than seven million viewers.

But in a shock announcement on Tuesday (May 21, 2013), ice dancers Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean said the forthcoming series would be their last.

It is understood that TV bosses think the show had reached the end of its natural life.

Speaking on ITV’s Daybreak, Olympic ice skater Dean said they felt it was the right time to go as this year marks 30 years since their groundbreaking Bolero performance.

He said: “It’s come full circle for us. We’ve had the most wonderful experience doing Dancing On Ice and we just wanted to finish at the top of our game and for the show to be on top of its game so we just felt it was the right time.”

ITV’s Director of Television Peter Fincham added in a statement: “Torvill and Dean are the most successful ice dancing partnership of our generation and brought huge integrity, skill and professionalism to the show and with their departure, it feels like the series has reached its natural end.”

However, while Dancing On Ice may have its conclusion in sight, Torvill and Dean themselves have no plans to turn their backs on the ice.

In another statement, the pair said: “Skating will very definitely continue for us both. There will also be a final Dancing on Ice live UK arena tour, starting in March next year. We are already planning it and there will be some great surprises for audiences across the country.”

The most recent series of Dancing On Ice was won by gymnast and London 2012 Olympic Bronze medallist Beth Tweddle.

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