Torvill and Dean fear Dancing on Ice chop

Matt Lapinskas and Brianne Delcourt

Matt Lapinskas and Brianne Delcourt

With 'Dancing on Ice' facing the axe because of falling ratings, skating duo Torvill and Dean fear the show may not return for a ninth series.

Torvill and Dean fear 'Dancing on Ice' may not return for a ninth series.

With the celebrity figure skating show reportedly facing the axe from ITV bosses because of falling ratings, the dancing duo aren't sure if it will survive until next year but they remain "hopeful."

Speaking to the Daily Star Sunday newspaper, Christopher Dean, 54, said: "To be honest, we don't know if we will be back next year. We've not been told it's getting axed, so we hope it isn't.

"We are very hopeful we will be back for the ninth series next year and then the tenth the year after that."

Despite viewing figures dropping, the pair - who have been a huge influence since the programme started - think their loyal audience could help them stay on the air.

Christopher added: "We still have a really good core audience which we've had from the beginning. As long as ITV want us we will continue.

"We were part of the creation of 'Dancing on Ice' right from the beginning, so we are very invested in the show."

Jayne Torvill, 55, admitted ratings were down, but suggested it was performing well considering it is airing opposite the likes of 'Call the Midwife'.

Christopher argued: "Ratings are down across the board. There are so many channels and so much choice nowadays."

In the current series, former 'EastEnders' star Matt Lapinskas - who is dancing with skater Brianne Delcourt - is topping the leader board with the highest scores on three of the seven weeks so far.


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