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Dancing On Ice bosses say Joe-Warren Plant and Vanessa Bauer 'will not return'


Dancing On Ice stars Joe-Warren Plant and Vanesa Bauer are out of the show for good and will never return, according to reports.

The pair recently tested positive for coronavirus and have had to leave the competition.

Emmerdale star Joe, 18, and professional skater Vanessa, 24, have been denied a return to the show by show execs.

There was previously a glimmer hope that bosses would change their decision on removing them from the show but it’s since been reported that the pair will not be returning.



Dancing On Ice stars Joe-Warren Plant and Vanesa Bauer
Dancing On Ice stars Joe-Warren Plant and Vanesa Bauer are out of the show for good and will never return, according to reports

The rules of the ice-skating competition are very strict on positive tests, with a total and immediate removal.

A source from the show told The Sun, “Everyone was expecting them to return.

“When the idea was first mooted everyone thought producers were just being polite. But clearly, they always wanted this to happen.

“Joe and Vanessa are absolutely gutted. They had no ill-effects of being positive for COVID-19, so have been keeping fit and healthy in the confines of their hotel walls while they were isolating.

“But ultimately the producers have to uphold the integrity of the show and felt inviting them back could really upset the apple cart.”



Dancing On Ice's Vanessa Bauer gets cosy with Joe Warren-Plant
The pair had to leave the show after a Covid diagnosis

Joe and Vanessa hoped to come back due to only missing a week from their diagnosis, but bosses remained firm.

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Billie Shepherd, 31, and Denise Van Outen, 46, who were both injured, all had at least two weeks off.

Rufus Hound also left the show because of coronavirus and Jason Donovan, 52, quit this week because of a back injury.



Dancing on Ice final will move forward to March 14
Dancing on Ice final will move forward to March 14

Fans have had to wait an extra week for the show to return after filming stopped for one week.

The first-time decision was made because there had been too many contestants out of the show due to Covid or injury.

To bring numbers back up, Amy Tinkler, 21, and comedian Matt Richardson, 29 joined the show.

However, they have since been both voted out of the competition.

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ITV announced on Thursday that the final will now move forward by one week, with the celebrities battling it out for the title on March 14.

A spokesperson from ITV said in a statement: “ITV have taken the decision to move the final of Dancing on Ice forward by one week. The competition’s final will now take place on Sunday 14th March.

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“Our production team and cast have delivered a fantastic show during incredibly challenging times.

“Continuing to make the best TV for our viewers is our top priority and we look forward to the rest of the series.”

Dancing on Ice returns to ITV on Sunday at 6pm





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