Dancing on Ice’s Graham Bell nervous as bosses confirm golden ticket addition

Dancing on Ice 2021 kicks off later this month and there is a brand new twist in store for the latest batch of contestants.

The 12 famous faces and their professional partners are in for a bit of a change-up during the first two weeks of the new series.

ITV bosses have confirmed that six of the celebrity skaters and their professional partners will compete in the series opener and the remaining six will compete in the following week's show.

The unlucky couple at the bottom of the table from the week one pubic vote will find themselves in the following week's Skate Off, along with the pairing at the bottom of the table in week two, and therefore find themselves at risk of elimination.

However, in a big twist, judges Jayne Torvill, Christopher Dean, Ashley Banjo and John Barrowman will have the power to award their newly-created Golden Ticket.

For the first two weeks only, a couple per week will receive this honour which saves them from the vote and guarantees them graduation straight through to the third show of the series.

Olympic skier Graham Bell is one of the celebrities set to take to the ice later this month and has spoken to Daily Star about the shock show shake-up.

The 54-year-old Ski Sunday presenter said: "The Golden ticket twist will be interesting.

"The judges will be marking and scoring as usual, but will it be given to the best skater or most promising?"

He added: "I don’t know what their rational is but I will be annoyed if I was in the bottom two and the couple behind me on the leaderboard got the golden ticket."

Graham has been paired with American professional ice skater Yebin Mok and he's described his first routine as "fast and furious".

"We've tried to cram in as much as we possibly can into our first routine," he teased.

"It's a workout and I'm breathing really, really hard at the end of it."

"There are some lifts in the routine. I'm going to build to the big lifts and I've been practicing them off the ice.

"It’s such a privilege to be able to do it this year with everything that’s going on and it’s sort of our duty to do the best as we can."

Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby will also be back to host the 13th series of the show.

Other celebs taking part in the latest series include WAG Rebekah Vardy, TOWIE icon Billie Faiers, West End legend Jason Donovan and Welsh Olympian Colin Jackson.

Dancing on Ice returns to ITV on Sunday, January 17

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