Producers working on the ITV celebrity figure skating competition have moved the finals forward to March 14th rather than March 21st due to the absence of contestants following injuries and two COVID-19 diagnoses.
A source told The Sun Online, “Everyone is absolutely disappointed that this has happened. But ultimately, due to injuries and filming during a pandemic, they have no choice.
“You can’t compromise on the quality of the program. In order to meet the high standards that everyone expects, they decided to downsize the series with a show.
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“It means they can give all the skaters and celebrities a decent semi-final and grand finale that they all deserve.”
It is said the team did not make the decision “lightly”, but there have been “immeasurable headaches” regarding production this year.
The source added: “Other shows have been filming during the pandemic, but doing such a big program at the height of the crisis, with the uncertainty it brings, has created an unspeakable headache.
“It’s not something ITV chose, but they think it’s the right decision.”
Some stars were forced to end their show time early.
The last one was Jason Donovan, who was forced to leave the competition after a persistent back injury.
ITV said in a recent statement, “Jason Donovan has given us so much joy performing appearances on Dancing On Ice – from Priscilla to Tango. Thanks to Jason and Alex for being so wonderful and dedicated to the series. We’re sorry they’re leaving and we wish Jason a speedy recovery. “
Previously, Denise Van Outen and Billie Faiers gave up due to injury, while Rufus Hound and Joe-Warren Plant left after testing positive for coronavirus.