Jason Gardiner ‘to return to Dancing On Ice’ – Daily TV round-up

Jason Gardiner is to return to ITV's celebrity ice-skating talent show 'Dancing On Ice', according to reports.

Cold as ice: Jason Gardiner tipped to return to skating show (Credit: PA)

The Australian judge and choreographer, who was dubbed the show's 'Mr Nasty' for his acerbic comments, was on the panel for the first six series of the show.

But it's thought he did not appear on the seventh series earlier this year after falling out with the show's producers.

German skater Katarina Witt will not be returning to the show, so Gardiner is back in the frame and negotiating a new deal.

It's also thought that the number of judges may increase to allow new panel member Louie Spence to stay on.

A source told The Sun that 'Jason is coming back and is excited. He’s missed being on the show'.

“But his return will not necessarily mean that Louie gets the shove. He and Jason are great pals and have very different approaches to judging,” the source added.

“The show could do with a boost because ratings this year were massively down on the previous series. Whether Jason can save the show is anyone’s guess but he will certainly bring back the controversy.”

Celebs lined-up for the next series include Pamela Anderson, Lauren Goodger from 'The Only Way Is Essex', Samia Ghadie from 'Coronation Street' and ex-rugby player Gareth Thomas. [The Sun]

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