ITV Dancing on Ice will broadcast its final live this weekend as former Strictly star Brendan Cole, Pussycat Dolls’ Kimberly Wyatt and dancer Regan Gascoigne will all compete for the trophy.
They hope to impress judges Jayne Torvill, Christopher Dean, Ashley Banjo and Oti Mabuse. This will be the first series where Oti has appeared on the judging panel after leaving her role on BBC Strictly.
Series 14 of the show saw Brummie star Liberty Poole, Olympian Kye White and Corrie actress Sally Dynevor hit the ice for the first time. Now only three competitors remain ahead of the rand final.
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The series has been delighting viewers since 2006, and skating fans were thrilled to see Olympic gold medalists Torvill and Dean back on our screens. The pair scored 12 perfect 6.0s at the 1984 Winter Olympics and won gold for Great Britain.
The show bought ice skating on mainstream TV and featured a whole host of amazing professional skaters who have been associated with celebrities on their skating journeys. But where are the original Dancing on Ice pro skaters now?
Matt is the only original pro skateboarder who is still on the show. He appeared in all 14 series of Dancing on Ice and even won the show in 2008 with actress Suzanne Shaw.
He has already reached the Dancing on Ice final four times, including in the first series with Bonnie where the duo finished in third place. In 2020, Matt made DOI history as part of the first same-sex men’s skating pair after being paired with Steps’ Ian ‘H’ Watkins.
In 2022 Matt teamed up with Corrie actress Sally Dynevor where the duo finished in 7th place after being eliminated in week 7. Matt doesn’t seem to be showing any signs of hanging up yet so fans can be sure to see him in future series.
Tamara appeared in only one series of Dancing on Ice where she was paired with TV presenter Andi Peters. The pair were the second to be eliminated and reportedly had a rocky partnership with Andi revealing on ITV Lorraine in 2020 that the pair “didn’t get along”.
Since leaving the show, Tamara now works as a figure skating instructor for Chelsea Piers Connecticut. Her website profile reads, “Tamara is a two-time USFS gold medalist in tricks and freestyle. She competed for 11 years, turning pro in 1990.
“She has performed in shows as a soloist and pair skater across North America, Europe and Asia. Since 1995 she has choreographed professionally. She was a cast member of the original series Dancing On Ice in London in 2006 and participated in two choreography 3 DOI series in Europe.”
Sergey appeared in the first series of Dancing on Ice with socialite Tamara Beckwith where the pair were the first to be eliminated. He then returned for the third series where he was partnered with television personality and cleaner Agnes MacKenzie.
Since leaving the show, Sergey has stayed away from the spotlight and leads a relatively quiet life.
Russian professional skater Olga was paired with John Barrowman for the show’s first series. She then returned for series eight where he was partnered with TV presenter Keith Chegwin.
A decorated skater, Olga has already won the world junior championships and was Russian national champion in 1996/97. She is now retired from competitions and performs in shows such as Cinderella.
Doug was paired with ITV Loose Women star Andrea Mclean, but the pair were the third to be dropped from the show. He has not participated in any other series of Dancing on Ice.
Since leaving the show, Doug has worked as a choreographer for the first series of American show Skating with the Stars – the American version of DOI. In 2014, Doug created the Ice Dance International skating show where he serves as Executive Artistic Director.
Marika appeared in the first series of DOI with Corrie actor Sean Wilson – who played Martin Platt on the soap. They were the fifth couple to be eliminated from the series.
Since leaving DOI, Marika has become a skating coach and has worked as an elite skating coordinator for the Lee Valley Ice Center in London and previously coached at Deeside Ice Rink between 1996 and 2013.
Daniel won the first series of Dancing on Ice with actress Gaynor Faye. He continued to appear in all series until series 10 where he confirmed it would be his last series.
After winning with Gaynor, he again won the show with actress Hayley Tamaddon and again with Olympic gymnast Beth Tweddle. He teamed up with Hayley again in 2014 for the DOI: All Stars series where they finished in second place.
Since leaving the show as a skater, Daniel has returned to the show as Associate Creative Director. He helps train famous competitors and creates all of the professional skating routines – where he occasionally skates with them.
Olympian Kelly Holmes was paired with American skater Todd for the first set of DOIs. The pair finished in 5th place after being eliminated in week six.
Todd now works as a skating coach with his wife, professional skater Jenni Meno. The couple are currently coaching US Olympic skaters Alexa Knierim and coached husband Chris Knierim until his retirement from professional skating in 2020.
Scottish pro Pamela has been paired with former England goalkeeper David Seaman. The pair narrowly missed out on a spot in the DOI Finals when they finished in fourth place and were eliminated in the semi-finals.
She returned for the second series where she teamed up with radio DJ Neil Fox. She did not return as a skater for future series.
Pamela retired from competitive skating in 2005 but has since married professional partner Jonathan O’Dougherty.
Kristina finished in second place with actor Stefan Booth for the first series of Dancing on Ice. She went on to appear on the show as a professional skater until series four where she teamed up with footballer and TV pundit Graeme Le Saux.
In 2009, she participated in the Canadian show Battle of the Blades where she was paired with former hockey player Bob Probert. Since leaving DOI, she has stayed away from the spotlight.
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