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Ice and a slice

Pamela Anderson

Pamela Anderson

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).

Pamela Anderson

Babe watch … Pamela Anderson
Jodeyne Higgins with Chesney Hawkes

Axed … Jodeyne Higgins with Chesney Hawkes

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.

Brooke Castile with Corey Feldman

Axed … Brooke Castile with Corey Feldman

The move comes just weeks after chiefs announced they had re-signed ice judge Jason Gardiner to help boost ratings further.

Sean Rice with Chemmy Alcott

Axed … Sean Rice with Chemmy Alcott

A show source told TV Biz: “Dancing On Ice is heading for its best year ever.

Matt Gonzalez with Charlene Tilton

Axed … Matt Gonzalez with Charlene Tilton

“Every single aspect is being improved.”

Alexandra Schauman with Dominic Cork

Axed …. Alexandra Schauman with Dominic Cork

The new skaters will include Robin Johnstone, Jenna Harrison, Andy Buchanan, Olga Sharutenko and Michael Zenezini.

Nina Ulanova with Matthew Wolfenden

Axed … Nina Ulanova with Matthew Wolfenden

The show will be hosted by Phillip Schofield and Christine Bleakley.

Frankie Pultney and Mark Rhodes

Axed … Frankie Pultney and Mark Rhodes

The live shows start on ITV1 next month.

Lukasz Rozycki with Laila Morse

Axed … Lukasz Rozycki with Laila Morse

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