Dancing on Ice team booze backstage as they ‘toastto Oti Mabuse

WITH just days to go until Dancing on Ice makes an epic return, preparations are underway to make it the best series yet.

But that didn’t stop its judges and hosts boozing backstage together at rehearsals to toast to their new co-star Oti Mabuse.

Ashley Banjo with new judge Oti Mabuse

Ashley Banjo with new judge Oti MabuseCrédit: Rex
Holly and Phillip have been boozing backstage at Dancing on Ice

Holly and Phillip have been boozing backstage at Dancing on IceCrédit: ITV

Welcoming the Strictly star with open arms to the judging panel, Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield enjoyed a tipple or two with Jayne Torvill, Christopher Dean and Ashley Banjo.

Speaking to press ahead of Sunday’s launch show, Phillip said: “I’m incredibly excited to be back with the team.

We’ve all had a brilliant afternoon toasting Oti’s arrival,” before joking: “Several times. That’s not the first glass.

Capital FM presenter Sonny Jay was crowned last year’s Dancing on Ice champion.

Cette année, Phillip believes a winner istoo tough to call” – and half of the contestants could come out on top.

There’s no question, last year was a tough series,” said Phillip, as he reflected on filming in a pandemic.

Les plus lus à la télévision

La chute d'Emmerdale de Meena RÉVÉLÉE alors que le patron de l'émission le fait 17 révélations

TORSION DE CHOC

La chute d'Emmerdale de Meena RÉVÉLÉE alors que le patron de l'émission le fait 17 révélations

All of the big shows on the telly found it tough. You can see how careful we’re being, but you’re at the mercy of it and you can only do so much.

What’s exciting is that our standard is higher this year than ever.

You might think ‘oh that say that every year’, but in the past there are two or three people you think will win. This year it’s wide open.

Sometimes we’ve thought before we’ve even gone on air, ‘oh we might have found our winner’, but there’s no chance of that this time.

Judge Christopher added: “It’s going to be one of those competitions where it’s hard to call.

It’s far more exciting to see that change all the time. “It’s going to be a neck and neck race.

Speaking to press ahead of Sunday’s launch show, Phillip said: “I’m incredibly excited to be back with the team.

We’ve all had a brilliant afternoon toasting Oti’s arrival,” before joking: “Several times. That’s not the first glass.

Capital FM presenter Sonny Jay was crowned last year’s Dancing on Ice champion.

Cette année, Phillip believes a winner istoo tough to call” – and half of the contestants could come out on top.

There’s no question, last year was a tough series,” said Phillip, as he reflected on filming in a pandemic.

Les plus lus à la télévision

La chute d'Emmerdale de Meena RÉVÉLÉE alors que le patron de l'émission le fait 17 révélations

TORSION DE CHOC

La chute d'Emmerdale de Meena RÉVÉLÉE alors que le patron de l'émission le fait 17 révélations

All of the big shows on the telly found it tough. You can see how careful we’re being, but you’re at the mercy of it and you can only do so much.

What’s exciting is that our standard is higher this year than ever.

You might think ‘oh that say that every year’, but in the past there are two or three people you think will win. This year it’s wide open.

Sometimes we’ve thought before we’ve even gone on air, ‘oh we might have found our winner’, but there’s no chance of that this time.

Judge Christopher added: “It’s going to be one of those competitions where it’s hard to call.

It’s far more exciting to see that change all the time. “It’s going to be a neck and neck race.

  • Dancing on Ice returns this Sunday at 6.30pm on ITV.
  • Oti was toasted by her new colleagues

    Oti was toasted by her new colleaguesCrédit: ITV