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Dancing on Ice is a British reality television show, in which celebrities and their professional partners dance on ice in front of a panel of judges. The format, devised by ITV Productions, has been a prime-time hit in 8 different countries including Australia (where it is titled Torvill and Dean's Dancing on Ice), Germany and Belgium.

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      31.01.2013 10:10
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      Good working - class TV!

      I think any current Z List celebrity (a person who is famous for no discernable skill, dated another celebrity or a fading star....) that's not working in reality TV right now should go on the governments Work Program, whether they are signing on or not. Alongside Dancing on Ice ('strictly' with splints) we have just had 'I'm a Celebrity Get me Out of Here', Celebrity Big Brother and the dreadful Splash on ITV, that one so bad it's good. Its doesn't matter what your celebrity skill is as long as you are willing to accept fifty grand to be humiliated by showing access flesh or taking on some shadenfreude you should be on the telly in January. This is austerity times and if the unemployed have to take any job offered then so should Christopher Biggins!!! Oh, he does. One so called celeb is so keen to do his bit that he was allowed to sneak out of the Big Brother House to enter another reality show and then return to the house six hours later, that incredibly inane homosexual Rylan caught out rehearsing for the X Factor. On the show the incident was called a 'family matter', until some burnout Eastenders actress blabbed about it. As far as reality TV goes ITV shows tend to be more brutal and honest, not restricted by the BBCs sense of fair play. Well, if you're not going to expose the world's worse pedophile then I'm sure you can give Bruce Forsyth a contract until 2020. If you are eating a kangaroo testicle on ITV then that's exactly what you are doing and recorded on their VT for ever more. You are saying to the world that this is the only way I can make money now. The public, of course, have quickly become addicted to this ritual celebrity humiliation at the weekend as they settle in for the night after their takeaways and so the demand is high for these simplistic shows, cheap to make and more than paid for by the expensive advertisers who follow the public's vicious tastes. It's rare when advertisers don't actually get to make people watch or buy something. Dancing on Ice came about to counter the BBCs incredibly successful Strictly Come Dancing, a ready made audience ripe to be pinched. ITV haven't denied that and just responding to commercial demand. Having Strictly Come Dancing on ice means the celebrities on the show have to be reasonably fit and brave to survive the first weeks as, on this show, unlike others, injuries are aplenty and you earn your money. There's no alcohol to get them to get their tits or men's bits out and its all about the performance. The dreaded 'head banger' where the female celebrity is swung around by the ankles by the professional with her head just above the rock hard ice is brutal and could easily clip half the celebs IQ off with one big skull crunching thud. On Big Brother and I'm a Celebrity and the like you are voted out through pure hate, showbiz therapist to the stars rubbing their hands in glee with the work to come from the rejected, whereas here its on your physical performance and so fatties like Anne Widicombe and Christopher Biggins are not allowed on the ice - if just to make sure they don't crack it to hold up the show. They do have older characters on like Joe Psacle for laughs but their really is no room for passengers as it looks to cynical and obvious here if you have someone who can't skate. But it's the bones that have been cracking in the series and that means people dropping out or getting three weeks off, the flaw in this particular show. Yes there is a certain pleasure to see some soap star nobody or 70s variety star smash their plastic surgery face into the ice or how good Ona King looks in sequins but essentially about how much you hate them and how bitchy the judges are. Only desperate celebrities would put themselves through this. The star of the show is the irritating accent but gorgeous Christine Blakely, replacing airhead Holly Willoughby, who, as Melanie Griffiths once said, has a body made for sex and a head for business, a young lady making a lot of money by just standing their with a microphone in quite a few shows now. But, if you polled 10,000 14-year-olds at school I bet 90% would rather be her than a doctor or a lawyer. Holly Willoughby is why boys will always rule the world. But she has gone and after Blakely tanked on Daybreak they had to find her employment elsewhere on a contract as juicy as Holly's boobies. Her side kick is the androgynous Phillip Schofield, winched from the sofa on Friday morning and dumped on the ice Saturday afternoons. Phillip and Christine are perfectly fine at the weekend job but lack Ant & Dec's mischievousness and Bruce's experience to work a family variety audience with a few 'boom tish' jokes for the orchestra. Its all left to the bitchy judges and broken limbs to generate the drama. The show is slightly different than 'Strictly' in that that the celebrities have mentors as well as their training partners and they are also expected to skate on their own. We are on series 8 and the judges are ex British Olympian skater pairings of Nicky Slater and Karen Barber, motor mouth Jason Gardiner and Olympic Champion Robin Cousins, very skatey people and not ones for prepared and bitchy putdowns. They experiment with non ice people on the jury but most they have long since melted away but a current Pussy Cat Doll on the panel for some glamour, the Alisha Dixon conundrum. Torville & Deane are paid a reputed £250,000 per series to add polish and credence to the show by helping to train the celebrities. ------------------------------ ---The 12 Contestants--- ------------------------------ -Celebrity & professional dancer- Pamela Anderson & Matt Evers (Eliminated 1st) Lauren Goodger & Michael Zenezini (Eliminated 2nd) Oona King & Mark Hanretty (Eliminated 3rd) So far Baywatch dimbo Pamela Andersen, some no mark woman from The Only Way is Essex, Anthea Turner and ex Labor politician Ona King have been booted off by the public phone vote and skate off, via the judges. Why the predominately gay and female public phone vote remove female contestants early on seems to be one for the psychiatrists but clearly about keeping the good looking and non threatening guys in. It's a shame Oona has gone as she was surprisingly sexy in her sparkles and an interesting contestant, always nice to see stuffy people revealed in a sensual way. Anthea you just want to stick your leg out and watch her go flying. Has a woman ever loved herself as much as she has? The remaining nine include the ubiquitous Joe Pasquale and Keith Chegwin on these shows, Olympians Luke Campbell (boxer) and the goofy Beth Tweddle (gymnast), gay rugby player Gareth Thomas and ex soap stars Matt Lapinskas (Eastenders) and Samia Ghadie (Coronation Street), joining X-Factor reject Shayne Ward to complete the line up. There has been criticism of Olympians cashing in on their success in shows like this but for me they deserve every penny and can do as they please. If they prefer this to training then they wont win any more medals, will they. The other eight still going strong... Beth Tweddle & Daniel Whiston Gareth Thomas & Robin Johnstone Joe Pasquale & Vicky Ogden Keith Chegwin & Olga Sharutenko Luke Campbell & Jenna Smith Matt Lapinskas & Brianne Delcourt Samia Ghadie & Sylvain Longchambon Shayne Ward Singer & Maria Filippov Like Splash its keep it simple and the risk there, blood on the ice always appealing. Make sure the audience hate the celebrities the production team picked for that reason alone and keep them on as long as possible to wind up the phone voters to dial some more. The female celebrities are not asked to skate long and there just to show some thigh and the professionals do most of the work, whereas the boys are entrusted to lift the female professionals and show more bicep. The music to dance to is given to them and the professional's part choreographed the basic routines. They all have to cover twelve required elements, including spinning on the spot, the classic ice dance move. As I say it's the phone vote to decide the bottom two and then the judges rip them apart. Certain celebs will be paid more and so presumably contracted to be on the show longer. The funny and non offensive one doesn't always win the show and looks tend to come into it with the public. If you want to make a wager on the winner then the signs are good if you are a soap fan as nearly all of the previous winners have been soap stars - and mostly ITV ones. That makes handsome Matt Lapinskas (Eastenders) and Samia Ghadie hot favorites for gold and silver. Mat is clear favorite at 5/6 and Beth Tweddle second fav at 5/2 with Samia third fav at 6/1. The ITV voters go for the familiar so Matt looks the winner, bar having his throat accidentally cut by another skater's blade. ---Previous Winners--- Series 1 - Gaynor Fey (Coronation Street) Series 2 - Kyran Bracken (England Rugby) Series 3 - Susanne Shaw (Pop Stars, Emmerdale) Series 4 - Ray Quinn (X Factor, Brookside) Series 5 - Hayley Tammadon (Emmerdale) Series 6 - Sam Attawater (Eastenders) Series 7 - Mathew Wolfendaw (Emmerdale) Can the show make it to ten years in 2015? Well its viewing figures were as high as 12 million for the launch in 2006 but now half that at around 6.9, why it's been moved to Sunday night to make way for the equally vacuous Splash. It's an ok show as far as the genre and format goes and not really my thing I am I honest but for fans of comfy TV it remains a must on Sunday night between I'm a Celebrity and Britain's Got Talent...

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        23.03.2010 09:40
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        Overall, they seem to have the right formula for a popular programme

        I'm not normally into these types of reality TV shows except for perhaps X-Factor which I do watch normally. However, the last few weeks I've got into Dancing on Ice a bit more as my wife watches it religiously and loves it. I have to say it's not bad and is in some ways better than X Factor as it's not all about ratings but seems to focus more on the skill of the acts and enjoyment. I have to admit that the skill involved for alot of the contestants is pretty high considering some of them have never skated before and they are do acheive good results with practice. It is a hugely popular programme over the years and they seem to have found the right formula for success for audiences to watch around the world where the TV show is aired. The show itself is hosted by Philip Schofield and Holly Willoughby who I think are both great and ex-professional skaters Christopher Dean and Jayne Torvill play a big part in the show with their opinions and helping to coach the skaters in the week before each live show. When the series starts there are a number of pre-determined couples who take to the ice. One of these is a celebrity and the other is a professional skater to help them and coach them. Each week the worst skaters or least popular are voted off. However, it's not just about the public vote as the judges rate them too and then get the final vote in the live skate off between the bottom two. There are one or two new judges every now and again, but the fairly regular ones are Robin Cousins, Nicky Slater and Jason Gardiner who is like the equivalent of Simon Cowell in X Factor with his comments, but does know what he's talking about. You need a judge like him anyway to make things interesting and entertaining. I have actually enjoyed it in recent weeks and some of the routines have been pretty good too and entertaining. Pretty fun Sunday night viewing on ITV really if there's nothing else on.

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        01.03.2010 15:26
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        Rubbish TV!

        Dancing on ice...how dull! It was interesting the first year, even the second year, but its getting rather boring now. Celebrity has been's all trying to get themselves back into the limelight in the hope to get some new work. Ok so it isn't the only TV show that this happens on but this has to be one of the most boring going out of all the celebrity reality shows. I agree it takes a great amount of skill to do what they do, especially as some of them couldn't skate before they started the show, the most impressive thing is that they learn a full routine in a week. So for that I am impressed with them. The judges are complete idiots too, first off we have Emma Bunton from the spice girls...what does she know about ice dancing? Then there is Jason Gardiner, the poor man's Simon Cowell who isn't happy unless he is putting someone down instead of simply talking about their performance, he recently referred to Sharron Davies as 'faecal matter.' There are often young children watching this show and this is the sort of person we are putting on TV, they will be going to school using his sayings each week thinking it is acceptable. The routines are all becoming similar and each year they have the most stupid round where you aren't even dancing on ice but you are suspended in the air on wires doing somersaults and other such things, how this is dancing on ice I will never know. Anyway this has turned into a bit of a rant now but I am just fed up of seeing the same rubbish on the TV year after year. Can we not produce anything better? Don't waste your time watching this, channel 5 tend to have a film on at around this time each week though. Or better still watch a DVD or get that Playstation out!

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          18.02.2010 23:14
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          Good Sunday night TV

          Dancing on Ice started back in 2006 and is now in its fifth season, airing on ITV on Sunday nights. The show is hosted by Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby although Phillip does most of the work. He gets to talk to the contestants after each performance to see how they think they did, along with Torvill and Dean while Holly talks to the judges about the scores and the performance. I would say that they are average hosts but only because they don't really have much to do with the actual show/ scoring process. Dancing on ice sees celebrities learn how to skate and incorporate different elements each week. Each week, the routines get harder and the celebs must up the ante in order to get to the top of the leader board. They are scored by the panel of judges out of 6 though the scores for the first couple of weeks are normally quite low. It's really exciting when a couple gets a 6 from a judge and also a perfect score all round. The judges score only counts for 50% though as the viewing public get to phone in to vote for their favourites. The two couples with the lowest score overall later in the evening will face the skate off, where they skate again in order to convince the judges that they deserve to stay. One couple is sent home each week. This years judges - Karen Barber - Nicky Slater - Jason Gardiner - Emma Bunton - Robin Cousins Past Winners Season 1 - Gaynor Faye 2 - Kyran Bracken 3 - Suzanne Shaw 4 - Ray Quinn I didn't watch the first 3 seasons (I lived in Canada for season 3) and only started watching part way through season 4. Ray Quinn has been my favourite contestant so far because he was so good. Apart from Chris Fountain, no one has come close to being as good as Ray. Every challenge that was thrown at him, he seemed to do with 110% effort and managed to complete them really well. I know the show is about the celebs learning how to skate and get better each week but Ray just seemed so natural. As a trained dancer he did have an advantage, being able to incorporate this into his routines but that just make them more spectacular. He also had the highest score of each week that he competed (apart from week 2 which was girls night) and managed to get three perfect 30's. Ice skating can be pretty dangerous is something goes wrong, especially the lifts so I find myself cringing sometimes when lifts are being done. Injuries seem to be a regular occurrence throughout the series. Many celebs have ended up with broken ribs, sprains, bruises and cuts. They're extremely brave when they battle through the pain no matter what and still turn up on show night. I don't know that I could perform being in so much pain. Good on them for doing their best and trying to work through the pain. These types of shows are known for not having celebs but this year, I know who everyone is, which makes a nice change. There are some people who I've liked in different programs so there are a couple that I am personally routing for. Although Hayley Tamaddon is proving to be the best at the minute, I'm really hoping that Gary Lucy and Kieron Richardson will get better quick because I think they could be the dark horses this year. Overall, I think that this show is very entertaining. It's great to see how the celebs get better each week or in some cases, don't get good at all. I think we will all remember just how bad Todd Carty was. The routines are always exciting as there is always the element of surprise and injury. Finally something good to watch on a Sunday night.

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            14.02.2010 00:41
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            Celebrities learning to skate and perfom routines devised by Torville and Dean

            Im hooked on this years Dancing in Ice. They have really stepped up a gear this year. The celebritys have to learn to skate and perform routines each week on the Sunday show with a partner who is a champion skater. The routines are planned by the world famous Torville and Dean. After they have skated they go in front of a panel and the panel is made up of ex champion skaters and dancers. They are given tips where they have gone wrong or praise is given. They are then scored. The public then vote for there favourites and the lowest scored celebrities then have to skate for the judges and the judges decide who goes and stay. This year the worst skaters have been kept in and some of the good ones of gone already. There is review programe on a friday night which shows you the routines ready for the show. Can be quite an addictive show once you start washing it.

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              02.02.2010 19:36
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              Good TV at a good time

              A good show for Sunday tea-time. Where to begin... Its a show for ITV and airs between 6pm and 9pm on Sunday nights with hosts Holly Willoughby and Philip Schofield which i think do an OK job at it and then you have commentator which is the voice over from the ??? I'm not sure where but you'll defiantly recognize it. The Judges: Robin Cousins head of the panel. He has won the Olympic and European gold medals as a single ice skater. Therefore deserves his seat. He is honest but never nasty and always gives good advice. Karen also the celebs coaching assistant. Mainly fair scores given and she always sees the best in the skaters. Not overly critical but she does work with them all week. Best known for her skating with Nicky in the Olympic games. Nicky normally Mr Nice but critical. keeps scores low until they are really showing talent then BOOM the big scores come rolling in. Famous for skating with Karen and was once ranked 5th in the world. Jason Gardner Mr Mean very critical. Famous for choreographing the big stars. Always watching their 'leg lines' and can be a tad offensive but what he does say normally rings true. He always gives good advice for the skaters to improve. Emma Bunton umm not sure on this judge mainly looking out for 'Big Smiles' and show quality but I'm sure that is really all she can comment on but we will see. Each celeb has a pro skater to skate with, and a different element each week, this must be preformed and there is a a theme each week. A small clip is shown of the celeb training and then they skate live. The judges then score. Scores are shown after each celeb has skated out of a possible 6 each judge so therefore 30 being the top score. Half the score counts and half the phone vote which leaves you with the two bottom skaters having to 'Skate Off' this is on the next show an hour later. A real good Sunday evening show with past or even present soap stars, famous wife's, sports stars, actors/ actresses and then there are the few desperate, you'll see who i mean.... ENJOY

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                25.01.2010 10:58
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                4 stars

                At about 5pm last night I'd finally finished everything that need doing at the weekend (!) so I collapsed in front on the TV. Typically, there wasn't much on so I settled for Dancing On Ice, a reality TV show where 'celebrities' are teamed up with a professional skater and scored by judges. Half their overall rating comes from the judges, and half from public votes, with the lowest scoring pair kicked off. It doesn't claim to have celebrities in it unlike countless other celebrity shows, so I'll let them off for having people who used to be semi-famous for a short time (e.g. ex soap stars), people who are associated with someone famous (Gordon Ramsay's wife) and people who just love to jump on the reality TV bandwagon to get some cash (Simon Cowell's ex-girlfriend and Heather Mills). Perhaps this is why ITV shows it on a Sunday night instead of Saturday (which has All Star Mr and Mrs with real celebrities instead). I can also see why maybe this isn't as popular for celebrities as things like Strictly Come Dancing and the various dancing shows around at the moment, because it requires a lot more work and there's more of a chance you'll make a fool of yourself - every clip seems to have someone falling over, until the real thing when they're miraculously near perfect. However, it also shows a lot more skill than dancing and I love watching ice skating because it's so graceful. It's also quite inspirational - even though the celebrities obviously have the best trainers (Torvil and Dean), an exclusive ice rink to practise at, and the best environment to learn, they prove that you don't have to start at four years old to learn how to skate. I'm sure there are lots of kids (and adults!) out there who go on to try ice skating because of this show. It's even more true this year as Heather Mills skating with her fake leg makes me feel more than a bit ashamed that I don't make full use of my fully-working limbs that many out there would envy. The first few shows you can see that the celebrities aren't that great, and get pulled around a lot by their partners. The music and lights for their short performances (and the bits of dance they add in) make it more entertaining and make simple moves look more impressive. Most of the skaters look like they're really enjoying it, which is always good. And it's nice to see a reality TV show where people develop a new skill and inspire others to be more active, rather than spending time sitting around and making banal comments about nothing in particular. The show is hosted by Philip Scofield (why get Botox but then leave your hair grey?) and Holly Willoughby. I'm not a big fan of all this 'older man pretty young woman' presenter couples, but they do a pretty good job. Phil takes most of the work though and Holly only gets to say something when she's asking the judges about the performance they just watched. The judges include three men and two women, who look familiar to me and I assume they're a bunch of skating enthusiasts and semi-celebrities. Emma Bunton is one of them (I don't know why, maybe because she took part in the show once?) and typically fulfils the over-nice celebrity judge part whilst the men adopt Simon Cowell approaches. She often over-rates acts because she doesn't really know what she's talking about, and I think her role is just as another pretty face, which is a part she does well. Each show consists of a pair being introduced, a summary of their practice that week, what Torvil and Dean thought, a bit about their routine, and then they perform. It's not new to the judges as they all have a rehearsal beforehand, which is kind of a shame in a way because it leaves more room for bias. Then the judges rate, and the crowd boos or cheers accordingly. The lowest two scores (after the public vote) go into a skate-off with the lowest pair leaving. As with other reality shows, there's a separate results programme, and so you can just as easily skip all the rubbish in the main show and just watch a summary of the acts and then the results, which saves a lot of repetition. Overall, I quite like this show. I enjoy watching ice skating and it's good seeing the acts improve. I like the way the show doesn't play on what little celebrity element it has, and I like the way it incorporates Torvil and Dean. I don't like the constant bits of repetition and the drawn-out results and practise clips, but these are bearable things and not as bad as a lot of reality TV shows.

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                  24.01.2010 01:41
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                  It's the best thing about Sundays

                  Dancing on Ice is not just another reality TV show. It not about people doing nothing and getting paid for it, it's about celebrities (sort of!), putting in hours and hours (and hours!) of practice time and doing the best they can each week to improve both their skills and their score from the week before. It's about determination, strength, persistence and a LOT of hard work. It's about the beauty of ice dancing, the elegance, the flow, the skills and the talent. Yes the celebrities aren't always exactly "famous", but they do deserve our respect, and our votes, for trying to tackle such a hard sport, and surprisingly, usually doing very well at it! A bit of info about how the show works: Celebrities are each week given a dance to perform on the ice with their professional ice skating partners. The routines are choreographed by non other than Jane Torvil and Chris Dean - former British, European, Olympic and World ice dancing champions. Celebrities are then judged by a panel of judges (who are mostly made up of ex-ice skating champions and dancers, and for some reason this year they've also added Emma Bunton). Before each routine we see clips of how the celebrities got on in practice - this is great because rather than just seeing the final, polished routine, we get to see the blood, sweat and tears that were put into it. As well as the show being highly inspiring, it's also fun. A lot of fun!! Sequins and lycra, slips and falls, celebrities who can't skate being dragged around on the ice at high speed and celebrities who can skate attempting spins, jumps and all sorts of challenging moves.... there is SO much about this show to keep you captivated. I can't watch a single episode without feeling sheer excitement for what I'm about to see. Also a thing to mention is that the professional skaters who are paired with the celebrities are of such high standard that when they do their professional routine (usually at the beginning of the show along with Torvil and Dean) it is so awe-inspiring and jaw dropping that it's worth tuning in just for this fact alone. They also usually have an artist or a band on to sing one of their songs while a few of the professionals perform to it - this is a very nice part of the show. I personally adore this show and I'm willing to bet you might do too, so give it a try and you needn't be bored on Sunday evenings anymore! (until the series finishes) . ***ITV1, Sundays. Main show at 6:25pm, results show at 9:45pm***

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                    13.01.2010 15:01
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                    14 celebrity contestants don lycra and their ice skates

                      Yes this is another one of those reality T.V. shows back for another season. However I think Dancing on Ice is different from the others. They don't have to battle with spiders and starvation and are not locked in a wierd house full of cameras. Instead for quite a lot of the celebrity contestants they have to learn two new skills - learning to dance and learning to skate. Believe me learning to skate is not as easy as it seems as i've tried it. This has been the case with some of this year's contestants like Tana Ramsey, Sinitta and Doctor Hilary Jones. They are in the best possible hands with Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean coaching them all the way. As well as their coaching duties our gold medalists also perform a breathtaking routine at the beginning of every show and give honest but encourging comments to the contestants. Honest and constructive comments are what the judging panel are expected to give. Robin, Nicky and Karen are all former competitive ice skaters and are well placed to judge the contestants techniques. Emma Bunton has joined the ice panel this year and specialises in looking at the connection betwen the skating partners and how they engage the audience. This i believe is a good choice because with such a small amount of time to judge them not everything can be considered by everyone in detail. Whether the winner will be the best skater or the most popular personality remains to be seen. However what is for sure is all 14 contestants are going to do their best.

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                      12.01.2010 21:06
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                      A decent, entertaining show for a Saturday night.

                      Hunting through the ITV player catalogue the other day to find something that would fill the X-factor shaped hole in my life, I came across this. I'd heard of it, but never actually seen it, but it sounded quite fun- I've always found ice skaters mesmerising, and I love the grace of movement that can be acheived on ice in ways you never could on the dancefloor! The show opened with a lavish, impressive dance (on ice of course), featuring skating legends Torvill and Dean. So far so good, but from this point in I began to feel an overwhelming sense of deja-vu. Probably because the rest of the show is almost exactly the same as Strictly Come Dancing! 'Celebrities' you've never heard of, teamed with skating professionals, each take their turn on the ice, get marked by the judges (5 of them, including the token 'nasty one' and, randomly, Emma Bunton). The marks they get are then teamed with the public vote, and the two couples with the lowest scores go into the skate-off, and the judges vote to save the best. It's a tried and tested format, but for me, being so much like Strictly inevitably led to comparisons being made between the two, and I'm afraid Dancing on Ice came off worse. True, it's got all the bling, the tension and the cheesiness, but I felt it lacked the warmth (ha ha) of Strictly. Maybe I'm just missing Brucie, although the presenters Holly Willoughby and Philip Schofield were good at what they did. And having Torvill and Dean standing by to add their always polite opinions to the mix did lend the show more credibility. I did enjoy watching the programme- it's amazing how much the contestants have achieved in just a few weeks of skating practice, and I look forward to seeing how they progress. Maybe I just need to get into it a bit more, but I felt the show was a bit cheesey without the charm of Strictly Come Dancing. That said, I'll definitely be watching next week!

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                        I just ove this show

                        I am so glad dancing on ice has come back on again, this show is one of my winter indulgences that brightens up the cold, dark evenings for me. The show is a competition for celebrities to compete against each other by learning to dance on ice with their given professional ice skating partner and then going on the ice live for the shows which are on knock-out system. giving scores out of The compares are Philip Schofield and Holly Willoughby. I think they are brilliant for this show, they really show an interest when they interview the stars after they come off the ice and some times their funny remrks just add to the fun of the show. The judges (known as the Ice Panel on the show) this year are Emma Bunton, Nicky Slater, Jason Gardner, Karen Barber and head judge Robin Cousins. They mark the couples at the end of each dance with scores between 0 and 6, then the scores are added up and they have a leader board which they show you now and again so you can see who is in the lead. After everyone had skated they open the votes for the public to phone in and vote and these are added to the scores already given by the judges. The training is done during the week with Jane Torvill and Christopher Dean being there to help with the training and to help them get their dance choreographed. The main show comes on on Sundays on ITV1 at 6.45 pm until 8.30 for the dancing then it comes on again at 9.30 until 10.00 when they have the results to the phone in vote and the two with the bottom vote have to skate again in what they call the Skate Off. This time it is up to the judges as to who they save to skate again and who goes home. At the beginning of the show they usually have a big number on the ice with Jane and Chris doing an ice dance to some music or they might have a star there singing live and they dance to the performance. This years contestants are Bobby Davro (dancing with Molly Moenkoff), Daniella Westbrooke (dancing with Matthew Gonzales), Danny Young (dancing with Frankie Poulteny), Dr Hilary Jones (dancing with Alexandra Schaumann), Emily Atack (dancing with Fred Palascak), Gary Lucy (dancing with Maria Filippov), Hayley Tammadon (dancing with Daniel Whitson), Heather Mills (dancing with Matt Evers), Jeremy Sheffield (dancing with Susie Lipanova), Kieron Richardson (dancing with Brianne Delcourt), Mikey Graham (dancing with Melanie Lambert), Sharon Davies (dancing with Pavel Aubrecht), Tana Ramsey (dancing with Stuart Widdell), and Sinita (dancing with Andrei Lipanov). Sinita and Andrei were voted off this week. So far only the ladies have danced this year. The men's turn will be next week. The show has been running since 2006, the first winner was Gaynor Faye, she danced with Daniel Whitson. The 2007 winner was Kyren Bracken who danced with Melanie Lambert. The 2008 winner was Suzanne Shaw who danced with Matt Evers. Last years winner was Ray Quinn who danced with Maria Flippov. Some of my favourite stars who have taken part over the years are - David Seaman, being an Arsenal fan I was so pleased to see him having a go and thought he did a smashing job on the ice seeing as how he is such a big bloke and not used to dancing or performing like he had to. David was on the first show and danced with Pam O'Connor, they got through to week seven which was the week before the semi final so he did really well. John Barrowman, he danced with Olgar Sharutenko and they were also on the first show. John was such a showman and really made me laugh with his antics on the ice and I was sorry to see him go on week 4. Stephen Gately, being a fan of Boyzone I loved seeing Stephen on the show. He danced with Kritina Lenko and got through to week 4. Duncan James, he danced with Maria Flippov and was on the second series of the show. He came third over all so did really well. We were all voting for him to win once Stephen had been eliminated. Greg Rusedski, he was so funny on the show. He appeared on the 2008 series and danced (if you could call it that bless him) with Kristina Lenko. They got eliminated on weel 8 much to everyones surprise especially the judge Jason as he thought Greg should have gone right at the beginning but the public were voting for him and keeping him in and he was really entertaining to watch. Gareth Gates, he danced on the same show as Greg and was partnered by Maria Filippov. Gareth was a very good skater and we wanted him to win the show but he came fourth in the end. Todd Carty, now how can anyone have watched his brilliant performance last year and not laughed at it. It was so funny, for those who didnt see it I would think there is still a video of it out there on You Tube. He was so hopeless at skating but so funny to watch, very entertaining. We were all sorry to see him go. He was dancing with Suzie Lipanova and they were eliminated on week 5. Ray Quinn, he was outstanding on Dancing on Ice. I really thought he should go on to do something professional on the ice as he was so natural at it. His best stint was when he did a star jump on the ice. It was really clever and had never been done before. He got a perfect score on week 6 and for the flying and then for the final as well. He must be the best star they have ever had on the show. I am looking forward to seeing how this years show holds up and will enjoy my winter viewing.

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                          11.01.2010 22:34
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                          Good all round tele

                          Ooo, sad I know but I'm so excited that it's this time of year again!! Out of all the reality dancing/singing competitions I love this one the best. I remember being a little girl and going next door to watch Torvil and Dean on my neighbour's tele because we still had black and white and she had colour!! I just love this show, it's wonderful to watch how the novice skaters suddenly learn to ice skate like proffessionals - well most of them!! I just think it's amazing that they do it in such short space of time. I love the fact that it's a family show and I can watch it with my two daughters 10 and 7, they love to see the contestants costumes and wish they could do it themselves. The presenters are great, Torvial and Dean are just so lovely they never have anything bad to say and are so encouraging. I just loved last year when Todd Carty flew sailed off the ice and then came back on! it was a classic tv moment!! I was sad for Sinitta last night because she was so good to even try that kind of move in the first show and unfortunatly on the skate off she cut her partners trousers - good job it wasn't anything else!! We sit there and wish we could do it. It's just great entertainment and we love it.

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                            10.01.2010 21:43

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                            I watch it every year

                            Dancing on ice is the only 'reality' show I can watch without becoming seriously angry with the tv! It is a show where a number of celebritys learn to dance on ice with professional ice skaters, and the public vote decides who should win as they slowly knock out celebrities each week. It is fun to watch and always makes me want to learn how to skate like that, I think its amazing how these celebrities learn to do so well in just a short space of time. They do all the fancy lifts and spins you would expect from professionals and very rarely fall, although its amusing when you do get the useless celebrity you love to watch. hosted by Phillip Schofield and Holly Whilloghby its really entertaining to watch, The amazing Torvill and Dean dance every week and do alot of the work with the celebrities. There is also a great line up of judges to make things interesting. Jason the 'Nasty' Judge is known for low scores and nasty comments, he is the one they all want the good score from, he can be slightly annoying at times with his comments but there has to be one judge like that on these shows.

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                            03.01.2010 23:08
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                            GREAT FAMILY SHOW THAT DOES WHAT IT SAYS ON THE TIN!!

                            Only one week to go and one of my favourite television programmes will be back on the screen. Dancing on ice is a reality series. In which celebrity's and I choose that word loosely are prepared to get their face back on TV by subjecting themselves to pairing up with a professional ice skater and facing gruelling training resulting in a live performance on a Sunday night. Now I would find the prospect of being in a lycra skimpy costume on national TV horrific enough. Without being grabbed by the ankles and swung round and round with my face inches from the ice. So I have to say that I have utmost respect for these brave celebs as I would never apon ever go on this programme.(if I was famous!!) The show is hosted brilliantly by the fantastic Philip Schofield and the not so brilliant but pretty Holly Whilloby. I find her presenting skills a little bit wooden but Philip is always the ultimate presenter, Using dramatic pauses and differing voice tones in order to provide drama. There are also four judges. Who are all from a dancing or skating background. The delightful Jason Gardiner is my favourite judge. I find him honest and I love the way he is portrayed as the baddy, In true pantomime fashion, he always seems to whip the audience in to a booing frenzy. Each judge has the opportunity to score each perfomance. Each celeb is hoping to strive for the ultimate score of a six however many dont get passed a three. At the beginning of the series the celebrity contestants (I believe this year there are 15 of them) will each have the opportunity to perform a routine on the ice. Now it is fair to say that some celebs are more skillfull in the skating department than others. However if you like a good giggle then you cannot beat the celebs who are a bit wobbly on the ice. In my opinion the best dancing on ice celeb ever was Todd Carty. He was simply comedy gold. Especially the week when he accidentally went shooting through the entrance tunnel and went totally off set. this was so funny I believe it rendered Schofield speechless because he was laughing so much. Each week the public have a chance to vote for their favourite celebrity contestants. These votes are then added to the judges scores. Then Schofield will announce with great drama who are the bottom two skaters. These two celebs will then perform in the skate off. Once the skate off has been completed the judges then decide by voting, who stays and who is eliminated. The ultimate survivor of the series will be crowned the dancing on ice champion. And is guaranteed huge media coverage. Previous winners have included Gaynor faye, Suzanne Shaw, kieran Bracken and last years worthy winner was Ray Quinn. The ultimate temptation I believe for these celebs when taking this job is the chance to be mentored by the past Olympic champions Jane Torvill and Christopher Dean. Awesome is the word that springs to mind when watching these two perform at the beginning of every show. They then offer critical analysis on each celebrity's performance. It is worth a mention that if you are squeamish, there is often footage shown of on ice injuries that the celebs have encountered. These can be quite nasty. I have often felt a little dizzy when hearing a celebs head hit the ice at full pelt. Very few of the celebs get through the series unscathed and atleast once a week the camera crew follow one of the celebs into the casualty department. This is accompanied by dramatic music and Philip Schofields dramatic tones exclaiming the severity of the incident. They always end up ok to dance though. Except for Andy Peters and Michael underwood who both broke their legs while participating. Basically, if you like a good family entertainment show with lots of bright and vibrant costumes and fast and fanciful routines then this is the show for you. It has all the glitz and glamour of old school itv entertainment. It is well produced and presented. And for the blokes there is always a high chance that you will have an eyeful of holly's willoboobys!! as she wears the most glamorous, if not low cut evening dresses to present the show. It is an easy watching show, providing the viewers with entertainment in bucket loads. So next Sunday give it a go. It is not highbrow television. But it is a really fantastic show that the whole family can watch together.

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                              09.12.2009 12:56
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                              Dancing on Ice a must-watch show

                              I am a fan of reality TV shows it has to be said, The Apprentice, Xfactor, Strictly Come Dancing even Big Brother I will watch and enjoy them all. I spend far too many hours becoming involved in the controversies and shock exits and for me they provide entertainment and escapism. My favourite of them all has to be Dancing on Ice though which has been confirmed to be returning to our screens in January. I have tried many times to master the art of Ice Skating but am one of those unfortunate people who lacks co-ordination, I can just about manage to walk in shoes without falling on my face but put me on a pair of blades and I'm like a new-born lamb. That's why I'm such a fan of this show, I am envious of the celebrities and professional Ice Dancers who make it look so effortless when in fact it's incredibly difficult. The concept is similar to Strictly as in a professional ice dancer is paired with a celebrity and they have to choreograph a routine on the Ice, there are judges who give their marks and then viewers at home vote for their favourites, the 2 couples who receive the lowest overall score from the judges and people at home face the "Skate off" for the judges then to decide who stays and who leaves the competition. Over the course of 10-12 weeks the celebrities are voted off and in the final there are 2 remaining, one of which ends up being the "Dancing on Ice Champion" Hosted by Phillip Scofield and Holly Willoughby the series features Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean, who are former Olympic and World Champion Ice Dancers and are probably the most well known and respected figures in the Ice Dance world. Famous for their perfect "6.0" Bolero routine at the 1984 Olympics they provide choreography and advice for the celebrity skaters and showcase new routines of their own during the weekly shows. The "Ice Panel" of judges are made up of Nicky Slater (former Ice Dancer), Karen Barber (Nicky's professional partner and coach to the celebrities) Robin Cousins (Olympic Gold Medallist) and Jason Gardiner who is a theatre choreographer. Jason is typically cast as the "bad guy" and his comment are usually catty and bitchy and is vocal about his favourites and who he supports. Over the past 4 series a 5th Judge has been on the panel; Karen Krege in 2006, Natalia Bestemanova in 2007 both Ice Dancers themselves and in 2008/9 Ruthie Henshaw joined the panel. Ruthie was a controversial figure due to her apparent bias towards some contestants and her comments were seen as largely irrelevant due to the fact she is a theatre actress, together with Jason these two were the most vocal in their criticism despite the fact they are not actual ice dancers themselves, which to me is ironic as the other 3 judges actually are and have the most right to give technical advice. The first series aired in 2006 and the upcoming one in January will be the fifth to hit our screens, each year the routines have become bigger and better and more challenging with the celebrities being able to pull of some spectacular routines. It would be untrue if I was to say that there had been some major A-list stars appearing on the show as the majority of contestants have been singers, soap stars or sports people but some have produced amazing routines that have been spectacular. The past champions of the show have been Gaynor Faye (Corrie actress) who wasn't all that great but capable nevertheless, Kyran Bracken (Rugby player) who was excellent, Suzanne Shaw (singer) who was brilliant but not as spectacular as the runner up - Chris Fountain (in my opinion) and last year's winner Ray Quinn (Singer, Xfactor runner up) who was incredible. I do like this show and look forward to it being on our screens, the hosts are fine, Torvill and Dean great and the celebrities either make or break the show. If they are good then the show is a must watch, if they are bad then it's all a bit "meh" - for the past 3 series there have been exceptional routines delivered and hopefully this will continue into the 2010 run. Jason and Ruthies contributions to the show are the only thing I'm not keen on personally, I feel that Jason sets out to be deliberately critical taking on the Simon Cowell/Craig Revel Horwood style of being the bad guy, if he had the technical knowledge that the other "nasty" judges had on the other shows then at least he would sound credible, he doesn't, so that to me negates his ramblings as being irrelevant. All in all its a fun way to pass an hour or two on a Sunday night during the winter and for that reason it does rate a 4/5 Dooyoo star rating with me only losing a star for the inclusion of Jason Gardiner to the Ice Panel for the reasons stated above. The show itself is a reality TV must-watch for me and I find the routines genuinely exciting, especially some of the riskier and thrilling moves.

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