Torvill and Dean's Dancing on Ice
|Torvill and Dean's Dancing on Ice|
|Presented by||Jamie Durie
|Country of origin||Australia|
|No. of episodes||8 (10 originally planned)|
|Running time||90 to 120 minutes (including commercials)|
|Original channel||Channel Nine|
|Original run||11 July 2006 – 29 August 2006|
Torvill and Dean's Dancing on Ice was an Australian reality television series which was based on the original British version, Dancing on Ice. The series premiered on the Nine Network on Tuesday, 11 July 2006 at 7:30 pm, and involved celebrities ice dancing on a specially constructed ice rink located in Sydney's north-west suburbs. The series ran for one season before being axed, and the winner of the competition was model Jake Wall. The series reportedly cost several million dollars to produce, but only regularly managed above-average ratings at best. A reunion special which would feature all ten celebrities talking about their experiences on the show, and answering questions from a live studio audience, as well as Torvill and Dean themselves making a very special guest appearance in the studio congratulating the contestants, hosts, judges and indeed, home viewers for voting, had been planned, but that too was cancelled following the show's axing.
The couples were put up against each other to compete for the prize at the end of the series. The ten celebrities have been teamed up with ten professional ice skaters and have received special training from champion ice-skating duo Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean themselves. The real stars of the show, however, were home viewers, who got to vote for their favourite couples and the couple with the least votes were voted off the show each week until a winner has been decided. The show was run in a similar format to the Seven Network's rival dancing show Dancing with the Stars which has been a major hit for the Seven Network over the past three years.
During training almost every contestant has suffered an injury of some sort, the most serious of which being Michael Slater severing a tendon in his hand after it was accidentally skated over by his partner. Giaan Rooney also dislocated her ankle just before the second episode of the series, and was forced to withdraw from the competition. The same thing happened to Annalise Braakensiek, who twisted her ankle during the broadcast of the fourth episode.
The show was hosted by celebrity gardener and backyard designer Jamie Durie and former Today weather presenter Sami Lukis. It was based on the British ITV show Dancing on Ice, which also featured Torvill and Dean, and is also roughly similar to an earlier Nine program Skating on Thin Ice, also hosted by Durie. Kristina, Pam, Pavel and Matt were also skating partners for the celebrities in the original UK version.
Celebrities and their partners
|Lara Bingle||Model||Matt Evers||Eliminated 6th| Runner-Up|
|Annalise Braakensiek||Model, Actress||Trent Nelson-Bond||Withdrew due to injury|
|Dermott Brereton||Former Australian rules football champion||Pam O'Connor||Eliminated 2nd|
|Trisha Broadbridge||2006 Young Australian of the Year||Alexandre Pavlov||Eliminated 1st|
|Jules Lund||Television Presenter||Kristina Cousins||Eliminated 5th|
|Jackie Kelly||Politician||Pavel Aubrecht||Eliminated 3rd|
|Giaan Rooney||Olympic swimmer||Jonathon O'Dougherty||Withdrew due to injury|
|Michael Slater||Former Test cricketer||Anya D`Jamirze||Eliminated 4th|
|Karl Stefanovic||Television Presenter Today Co-Host||Linda Aubrecht||Runner-Up|
|Jake Wall||Model||Maria Filippov||Winner|
- Official Torvill and Dean's Dancing on Ice Website
- Torvill and Dean's Dancing on Ice fansite (A major source of information for this article)
- Torvill and Dean's Dancing on Ice at the Internet Movie Database