Phillip Schofield and Christine Bleakley will host the new series of Dancing on Ice when the hugely popular entertainment show returns next year.
The seventh series of the ITV Studios produced hit show returns in January 2012 with a brand new line-up of celebrity skaters. Last year’s show averaged 9.0 million viewers across its twelve week run in the winter of 2011, with the most watched show attracting a peak of over 11 million viewers.
Christine Bleakley joined ITV in summer 2010. She will also co-host ITV1’s Christmas entertainment and charity event, Text Santa, alongside Phillip Schofield this December. Christine takes over from Holly Willoughby, who will continue to present ITV1’s This Morning and ITV2’s Celebrity Juice, but has other commitments over the winter season.
ITV Director of Television, Peter Fincham said: “Dancing on Ice continues to be one of ITV1’s most successful entertainment hits and I’m delighted that Christine will be joining Phillip Schofield to host next year’s show.”
Christine Bleakley said: “I’ve always been a total Dancing On Ice addict so it really is hard to sum up how excited I am to be joining the team. My only concern was what a big task it is to follow the brilliant Holly and I can only promise her, Phillip and everyone at home that they couldn’t have a bigger fan of the show on board.”
Phillip Schofield said: “I’m absolutely delighted that Christine is on board and I’m really excited about the new series.”