DANCING On Ice bosses have axed EIGHT of the show’s professional skaters – and splashed out on a host of fresh faces to revamp the series.
The bloodbath has seen the exit of former favourites Frankie Poultney, Nina Ulanova, Matt Gonzalez, Brooke Castile, Jodeyne Higgins, Sean Rice, Lukasz Rozycki and Alexandra Schauman (shown below with their partners of the last series).
Bosses have found new stars to join this year’s celebrity line-up which includes Pamela Anderson, Anthea Turner, Corrie’s Samia Ghadie, former EastEnder Matt Lapinskas, gymnast Beth Tweddle, Towie’s Lauren Goodger, rugby player Gareth Thomas, singer Dionne Bromfield and comic Joe Pasquale.
The move comes just weeks after chiefs announced they had re-signed ice judge Jason Gardiner to help boost ratings further.
A show source told TV Biz: “Dancing On Ice is heading for its best year ever.
“Every single aspect is being improved.”
The new skaters will include Robin Johnstone, Jenna Harrison, Andy Buchanan, Olga Sharutenko and Michael Zenezini.
The show will be hosted by Phillip Schofield and Christine Bleakley.
The live shows start on ITV1 next month.