Coach or judge? Torvill and Dean reveal which Dancing On Ice role they prefer…

Dancing On Ice

by Emma Dodds |
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Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean have returned to Dancing On Ice with the new series for 2018 - but in completely different roles from before. Closer Online caught up with them to see how the felt about the change...

Torvill and Dean won the hearts of the nation in 1984 when their performance to Boléro by Ravel earned them the highest marks ever received in their category.

Over 30 years later, the pair are still working together - they haven't got tired of each other yet, then!

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Dancing On Ice 2018 line-up (Closer) - slider, short

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Brooke Vincent

The first Dancing on Ice contestant has been confirmed and it's none other than Coronation Street star… Brooke Vincent! She revealed she's taking part because she "loves a challenge and ice-skating is an amazing skill".

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Cheryl Baker

TV presenter Cheryl Baker has CONFIRMED her place on the next series of Dancing On Ice!

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Kem Cetinay

Kem, 21, appeared on reality show Love Island earlier this year, and has already become a massive star thanks to his friendship with co-star Chris Hughes, who was embroiled in a heated argument with Katie Price.

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Candice Brown

Candice, who won The Great British Bake Off 2016, will appear as a contestant on the ice skating talent show.

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Max Evans

Max, along with Candice, was confirmed to appear on the show on Chris Evans' BBC Radio Two show.

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Jake Quickenden

Jake, who appeared on the singing show in both 2012 and 2014, was confirmed on Lorraine. He said: "I'm terrified. I had my first training session yesterday - I was freezing! Ice is cold!"

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Monty Panesar

Speaking on BBC Radio Five Live, Monty announced his signing to the show as the seventh celeb. leave the show

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Lemar Obika

Due to Monty's injury, Lemar has stepped in as a back-up to take part in Dancing On Ice 2018. He's been rehearsing in secret just in case anyone seriously injured themselves, and now he's stepped up to the plate.

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Alex Beresford

Alex confirmed his appearance after he presented a weather segment on Good Morning Britain.

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Donna Air

Donna, 38, who once dated James Middleton - brother of Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, previously appeared on Splash!, a show fronted by Tom Daly which saw celebs learn how to dive.

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Perri Shakes-Drayton

Perri, 28, who competed as a sprinter in the 2012 London Olympics, confirmed her appearance in an interview on BBC Radio 1Xtra.

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Antony Cotton

Coronation Street fans, you're definitely going to enjoy the newest series of Dancing on Ice because the show is now home to TWO Weatherfield residents!

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Stephanie Waring

Stephanie, 39, confirmed that she was the last celebrity to sign up to the show which is due to air in January next year.

We caught up with them ahead of the return of Dancing On Ice, a celebrity talent show that sees celebs pair up with professional ice skaters to become the champion.

Since its first episode in 2006, Torvill and Dean worked alongside the celebs, helping to train them and being responsible for every couple's choreography each week.

However, with the new series which premiered on Sunday 7 January, they have now turned their hand to judging alongside the returning villainous Jason Gardiner and new face Ashley Banjo from Diversity.

The two Olympic champions couldn't be happier that the show is back on our screens, as Jayne said they were "super-excited" and Chris added that they were looking forward to taking on their new role as judges.

But surprisingly, Jayne told us that it had never occurred to her to want to be on the judging panel before.

WATCH: Torvill and Dean answer Closer Online's quick-fire questions!

She said: "No, it didn’t occur to me really. Sometimes we did disagree with some of the comments from the judges, and that was because we had been working with the celebrities all during the week so we knew what problems they’d had and we knew how difficult their routines were.

"But I don’t think it ever crossed my mind to wish I was a judge, because we enjoyed the creative process and the choreography. Having said that, it was very intense - it was pretty much the whole week getting the show ready.

"There was no show next week until we choreographed the routines for the celebrities. So being judges will take that pressure off, and all the pressure will just be on us on the Sunday night."

The choreography for each dance is now the responsibility of each of the professional skaters, who will take their celebrity partner into consideration and also let them have a say over what goes into each dance.

We've got to say, we're loving it so far!

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