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Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield confirm Dancing on Ice return

Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean will now serve as head judges on the TV show.

Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield have confirmed they will return as hosts of Dancing on Ice when it comes back in 2018.

The presenting duo, who fronted the show together from 2006 to 2011, confirmed long-running reports they will host the talent series once again on their other show This Morning on Monday (04Sep17).

They were joined on a makeshift ice rink on London's Southbank by British Olympians Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean, who previously served as coaches on the show.

"We are absolutely thrilled," Jayne said of their return, while Christopher added: "We're so excited to be all back together again - the original team!"

The duo will no longer help train contestants and develop routines with the professionals, but will instead serve as head judges for the first time.

Jayne admitted they were nervous as they "never been judges on anything," though Christopher interjected that they were the "most qualified virgin judges there are."

They said they will focus on critiquing the celebrity contestants rather than criticising and will be joined by other judges, who will concentrate more on the performance aspect of the routines.

Jayne added that it will be weird to not know what dances would be performed on the show, which will have a fresh batch of professionals and new look as it has a "whole new home".

Holly shared a picture of the foursome on Instagram and wrote, "And we are back... so beyond excited, I shall mainly be dressed as Elsa (from movie Frozen)! #dancingonice."

The 36-year-old left Dancing on Ice in 2011 and Christine Bleakley co-hosted with Phillip until the show ended in 2014.

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