Dancing on Ice semi-final will include just 12 mins of skating (Picture: Rex)
Viewers will undoubtedly settle in for a night of glamorous, impressive and skillful routines on Sunday night’s semi-final of Dancing On Ice.
However, fans of the show may be left disappointed as it has been reported that there will only be 12 minutes of actual skating during its two-hour time slot.
Following a season of injuries, illnesses, and positive coronavirus tests, four contestants are left when there should have been six.
That will inevitably leave the show’s producers on thin ice as they attempt to fill the rest of the ITV telecast.
A source told The Sun: ‘Filling two hours of prime-time TV is no mean feat even with a full cast and lots of action.
Faye Brookes, Colin Jackson, Lady Leshurr and Sonny Jay will perform two 90 second routines (Picture: ITV/Rex)
‘There will be lots of clips shown and chat among the hosts and the judging panel in order to stretch it to two hours.’
It was added: ‘In terms of actual performances, there will be less than 15 minutes.’
A representative for Dancing On Ice told Metro.co.uk: ‘Numbers are not reduced for the semi-final this year.
‘There are four couples performing in the show on Sunday which is the same amount of competitors that have featured in the semi-final for Dancing On Ice in each of its previous 12 series.’
This year’s competition, the 13th series overall, has been dogged by issues, causing the show to have a week-long break from rehearsals and to be cut short a further week.
This year’s competition, hosted by Holly Willoughby, has already been dogged with issues (Picture: ITV/Rex)
Two of the show’s pros have also had to withdraw due to injury during the course of the series, with Yebin Mok getting stabbed in the shin by celeb Graham Bell’s skate blade and Hamish Gaman stepping back from performing with Faye after tearing a tendon in his finger.
Rebekah Vardy, who performed to Moon River from Breakfast At Tiffany’s, was the latest contestant to be eliminated from this season.
The semi-final of Dancing On Ice will air on Sunday at 6pm on ITV.
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