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Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby to return as Dancing On Ice hosts - report

Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby presented the show from 2006 to 2011.

Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby are reportedly set to return as hosts of revamped TV talent show Dancing On Ice.

The duo, who are now kept busy with their presenting duties on ITV's This Morning, used to front the show between 2006 to 2011. And now The Sun newspaper has reported the pair are to return to present the celebrity skating series when it comes back on screens in 2018.

"It’s a massive coup for ITV to have Holly and Phil back on board," a source told the newspaper. "Producers love the idea of going back to the original line-up and they’re both really excited to return to their roots."

The programme's former coaches, Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean, are reported to be moving over to the judging panel, while former pro skater Sylvain Longchambon is thought to be returning to the programme as the chief skating teacher.

Those in line for an appearance on the show apparently include The Great British Bake Off winner Candice Brown and Coronation Street star Katie McGlynn.

Dancing On Ice ran for nine series from 2006 to 2014, when it was axed because of poor viewing figures. However, channel boss Kevin Lygo decided earlier this year that the show, in which celebrities are put through their paces on the rink to create impressive routines for viewers' pleasure, deserved another chance.

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."

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