Phillip Schofield has revealed there are ‘contingency plans’ on Dancing On Ice ahead of a brand new series.
The celebrity skating competition will return to ITV next month with hosts Phillip and Holly Willoughby as well as a new face on the judging panel.
Strictly Come Dancing star Oti Mabuse is joining the show alongside Ashley Banjo, Jayne Torvill, and Christopher Dean.
They’ll be casting an eye over the routines of 11 new celebrities and their ice dancing partners.
And the star-studded line-up includes Coronation Street legend Sally Dynevor, Love Island’s Liberty Poole and Happy Mondays star Bez.
The new series follows a Covid and injury-hit run in 2020 that saw the competition having to take a break off air.
But Phillip, 59, says there are plans in place.
“You never want to see anybody hurt but we have had people hurt,” the This Morning star said.
“I think it is incredibly dangerous. Ice skates are very sharp and so we have had nasty cuts, we have had big falls. And a fall is always great fun so long as nobody hurts themselves. That’s the bottom line.
“We have contingency plans for everything, whether you cut to us, whether you go to a break, whether we just all go home.
“When you have a year like we had last year – and we have been very honest about it, last year was really tough. We had injuries, we had Covid.
“The one thing when you start a series like this all those years ago, is the fact that actually you are going to have to come off. We will have to come off and recover because you can’t do the show. That’s a shocker.”
The 2021 serie of Dancing On Ice was won by Capital FM DJ Sonny Jay with his professional partner Angela Egan.
He saw off competition from former Corrie star Faye Brookes, who finished second, and won the public vote during the final In March.
The 2022 line-up confirmation came earlier this year after ITV announced that John Barrowman will no longer feature on Dancing On Ice.