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|
|Location(s)||TCN-9 Willoughby, New South Wales|
|Running time||90 to 120 minutes (including commercials)|
|Original network||Nine Network|
|Original release||11 July – 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 cancelled, and the winner of the competition was model Jake Wall. The series reportedly cost several million dollars to produce and received above-average ratings.
The couples competed against each other for a prize at the end of the series. The ten celebrities were teamed up with ten professional ice skaters and received special training from champion ice dancing duo Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean themselves. Home viewers voted for their favourite couples and the couple with the least votes were voted off the show each week until a winner was decided. The show was run in a similar format to the Seven Network's rival dancing show Dancing with the Stars which had been a major hit for the Seven Network over the previous three years.
During training almost every contestant 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 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.
Plans of a reunion special
During the series, the Nine Network planned a live reunion special, also hosted by Durie and Lukis. It would feature all ten celebrities talking about their experiences on the show, and answering questions from a live studio audience. The main highlight would be Torvill and Dean themselves making a very special guest appearance in the studio, when they would congratulate the contestants, hosts, judges and home viewers for voting during the series. Following the cancellation of the show, the reunion special was also cancelled.
Celebrities and their partners
|Trisha Broadbridge||2006 Young Australian of the Year||Alexandre Pavlov||Eliminated 1st|
|Annalise Braakensiek||Model & Fat Pizza actress||Trent Nelson-Bond||Withdrew due to injury|
|Dermott Brereton||Former AFL centre half-forward||Pam O'Connor||Eliminated 2nd|
|Jackie Kelly||Former Liberal Party member||Pavel Aubrecht||Eliminated 3rd|
|Giaan Rooney||Olympic swimmer||Jonathon O'Dougherty||Withdrew due to injury|
|Michael Slater||New South Wales cricketer & television presenter||Anya D`Jamirze||Eliminated 4th|
|Jules Lund||Television & radio broadcaster||Kristina Cousins||Eliminated 5th|
|Lara Bingle||Model||Matt Evers||Third place|
|Karl Stefanovic||Today presenter & journalist||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 on Internet Movie Database