Emma Bunton dances back to Ice

Former Spice Girls star Emma Bunton is returning to 'Dancing On Ice' to appear on the judging panel next year

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Emma Bunton

Emma Bunton

Emma Bunton is returning to 'Dancing On Ice'.

The former Spice Girl has signed a new contract to reprise her role on the judging panel of the ice-skating competition show when it starts in January next year

The 34-year-old star had been in talks about renewing her contract for some time, after having a "brilliant" time on the show earlier this year.

She recently said: "It was brilliant. I hope people thought I spoke my mind and that I was honest with contestants. There is no point being nice all the time. You have to give them criticism that can then help them. I'd love to do the show again, but we will have to see. We are currently having talks."

Emma will be joined by her fellow judges Karen Barber, Nicky Slater, head judge Robin Cousin and sharp-tongued Jason Gardiner, who have all confirmed they will be appearing in the next series of the show.

Jason's decision to sign up for the 2011 show may come as a surprise, as he recently declared he would quit the programme if former Atomic Kitten star Kerry Katona was to appear as a contestant.

Although her appearance has not been confirmed, Kerry was spotted out ice-skating last week, leading fans of the show to believe she is preparing for the contest.

The show's celebrity line-up is still unknown, but DJ Tim Westwood recently revealed he has been offered £50,000 to appear on the show.

He tweeted: "Been offered £50,000 to go on 'Dancing On Ice' - could you see me wearing sequinned outfits! Should I do it?

"Why is everyone saying I should do it? I'd have to dance on ice with a woman who looks like a man in drag.

"It's a maximum of 12 Sundays with some extra training and it's a straight £50k - even if I sprain a muscle and have to pull out."

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