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ITV boss plans Dancing On Ice comeback - report

ITV boss Kevin Lygo is said to be considering bringing back Dancing On Ice.

Dancing On Ice is reportedly being considered for a comeback by ITV bosses.

The programme ran for nine series from 2006 to 2014, when it was axed because of poor viewing figures. However, channel boss Kevin Lygo is now said to be thinking about bringing back the talent show, in which celebrities are put through their paces on the rink to create impressive routines for viewers' pleasure.

"Kevin always thought ITV axing Dancing on Ice was a mistake so now the idea of bringing it back is being looked at," a source told The Sun newspaper. "It was a smash hit, and even at its worst was still pulling in more than some of the shows currently on telly – particularly in the Sunday night slot.

"It’s very early days and nothing has been commissioned just yet but it’s definitely on the to-do list. A Sunday night slot would make a lot of sense."

The Sun adds that a Dancing On Ice comeback would replace the Alesha Dixon-fronted Dance Dance Dance, which previously aired in the Sunday night slot on the channel.

Dancing On Ice, which was presented by Phillip Schofield and Christine Bleakley, saw skating legends Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean coach the contestants, and attracted a peak of 13 million viewers.

Lygo opened up about his thoughts on Dancing On Ice last year (16), when he said: "I think when Dancing On Ice was cut, it was felt, ‘oh we need to refresh, it’s gone down a bit in the ratings.

"I watched it, it was the most lovely family show and a really good feeling and distinctive and brilliantly produced, and actually I wish it had gone on a bit longer."

An ITV spokesperson declined to comment when contacted by The Sun.

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