DANCING ON Ice aired just 19 minutes of skating in Sunday night’s two-hour episode, it has been reported.
Bosses struggled to fill the ailing show after four celebrities were forced to drop out of the competition prematurely – with this weekend’s instalment axed.
Sunday’s episode of DOI had just 19 minutes of skating in two hoursCredit: Rex Features
And it appears that viewers aren’t getting what they signed up for with the skating show, as only a tiny fraction of it actually includes any skating.
The Mirror report that there was only 18 minutes and 53 seconds of rink action during their Valentine’s themed episode – including a two-and-a-half minute clip of the professionals whizzing around Rita Ora in her pre-recorded performance.
Another 25 seconds was taken up by the return of their 2014 champion Ray Quinn – taking the total time this year’s stars were on the ice down to less than 16 minutes.
The publication also report that over 27 minutes of the two hours was made up of ad breaks.
The pros performing while Rita Ora sang in a pre-recorded segment was two and a half minutes longCredit: Rex Features
Past champ Ray Quinn also returned to the rinkCredit: Rex Features
This year’s contestants were only skating for 16 minutes of the showCredit: Rex Features
Earlier this evening, The Sun exclusively revealed that producers had made the choice to pull the plug on this weekend’s show as they feared even more stars dropping out with injuries.
This year’s series has been riddled with injuries
Four celebs have dropped out so farCredit: ITV
In a bid to save the series, show bosses are enforcing a one-week hiatus, with Dancing On Ice returning to our screens on 28 February.
An ITV source told us: “Everyone’s just been working really hard to put on a brilliant series.
“The production team has been amazing working around new protocols and working around the pandemic which is ever-evolving with new variants and such.
“This break will just allow the cast and crew the time to take a breath. Everyone gives it their all and just wants the show to be amazing for viewers at home so a week to recharge and rest up before coming back will be great.”