Rumours of who might be joining the judging panel in the show re-vamp’s have been circulating for months. But now, the final Dancing On Ice judge has been confirmed.
BGT winner Ashley Banjo was confirmed as one of the new judges live on an episode of Loose Women!
The popular dancer won the ITV competition with his dance group Diversity back in 2009.
Speaking about his new role, he said “This show feels like it’s been embedded into society. I was really excited to be part of the revamp and the refresh.”
And when asked what kind of judge he was going to be, he cheekily replied, “I’m going to be myself, be constructive, and just be ready for Jason!
“I’m going to be honest. If someone is great, I’ll tell them they’re great. If people need telling that it was bad, I’ll tell them,”
Ashley also revealed why he thinks he’s the man for the job, admitting that although he’s never skated, he has danced his whole life.
“I’m not an expert in skating but it is all about choreography, stage direction and music. That is what I do for a living.”
Since winning BGT, Ashley and his dance group have gone on to win the Pride Of Britain Award and have even completed their own arena tour.
And while Ashley might not have judged any on-ice performances, he certainly has experience as a talent show judge. Ashely sat on the panel for ITV’s Dance Dance Dance and Sky’s Got to Dance.
Ashley will join Jason Gardiner, and Torvill and Dean on the judging panel.
Jason was confirmed as a judge on the show on a recent episode of Lorraine.
He’ll be returning to his judging seat alongside skating legends Jane Torvill and Christopher Dean, as the outspoken star judged on the show during it’s original run, alongside Karen Barber, Karen Kresge and Nicky Slater.
Speaking to Christine Bleakley about his return, he admitted he’ll definitely be returning to his honest ways with the new contestants.
“I’m honest! When they’re good, I give them great praise and I help them improve a lot.
He continued, “It is quite difficult to be a good judge on the show and remain impartial.”
On Twitter, he also vowed to ‘KeepItReal’ with the novice skaters, in order to help them improve.
We can’t wait to see Jason back in the judges chair!
Dancing on Ice will be hosted by popular This Morning duo Holly Willoughby and Philip Schofield. Almost all of the contestants have now been announced too, including Corrie star Antony Cotton, and 2016 Great British Bake Off champion Candice Brown.
The new series of Dancing on Ice is expected to air in January 2018, but an exact date has not yet been released.