Dancing On Ice returned to ITV1 tonight (February 11), but the Ice Panel looked a little different, and it will for the foreseeable future thanks to the absence of Ashley Banjo.
Last week, hosts Stephen Mulhern and Holly Willoughby revealed that Ashley would be taking a break from the 2024 series. This is because he is heading off to join dance troupe Diversity on tour.
He won’t return till mid-April, for the show’s semi-final. In the meantime, he’ll be replaced by Olympian Johnny Weir, an American figure skater. Fans of the show were looking forward to Johnny’s arrival, and tonight they’ve delivered their verdict.
Stephen Mulhern and Holly Willoughby were back for another week on the ice (Credit: ITV)
Ashley Banjo replaced on Dancing On Ice
The Diversity frontman is off the Ice Panel for the next few weeks, replaced by Olympian Johnny.
He seemed thrilled to be on the show, telling Stephen and Holly: “First of all just to be on a programme that celebrates a sport that I have given my life to is just such an honour.”
He then said that he was very excited to work alongside Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean, branding them “legends”. Former Strictly pro Oti Mabuse rounds out the judging panel.
Yes Johnny Weir giving actual practical feedback #DancingOnIce pic.twitter.com/kqqWrzMtfu
— Pamela Joanne Doyle (@PamelaJoanne94) February 11, 2024