Who has left Dancing on Ice so far and why after dropout rate reaches crisis point

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This year’s Dancing on Ice has been dubbed “cursed” by viewers after it has proved a revolving door of celebrities following injuries and COVID related dropouts.

This week’s show has been axed entirely in a bid to give the celebrity skaters a week to recuperate after the programme ran out of replacements.

Five of the original line-up have already been sent home prematurely and show bosses are believed to be nervous about any more injuries jeopardising the show.

These are the celebrities who were forced to leave the ice during this year’s series so far.

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Denise Van Outen

Denise Van Outen was forced to quit the show after breaking her shoulder during training.

The West End star was determined to continue with the injury but show bosses refused on safety grounds.

Her skating partner Matt Evers told The Sun: "Her motto is 'the show must go on', she was determined to get back on the ice, but the DOI team made the decision she could not continue for her own health.

Denise was replaced by Olympian Amy Tinkler who the show had on standby.

Rufus Hound

Comedian Rufus Hound initially missed two weeks of the show after he was forced to self-isolate after receiving a government test and trace notification.

However, following his two weeks, the 41-year old tested positive for COVID, which forced him to give up his place in the competition.

He was replaced by Xtra Factor presenter Matt Richardson who lasted one week on the ice before being voted off the show.

Billie Faiers

Billie Faiers was forced to pull out of the competition following a nasty fall during training which left her with a concussion.

The Mummy Diaries star was rushed for an MRI scan to check for damage and was instructed by medics not to return to the show.

A source close to the reality star said: “Billie is absolutely gutted. She’s been really upset all day and would have done anything to stay in the competition.

“But it’s doctor’s orders, and she has to put her safety first.”

By the time Billie left the show, bosses had no more celebrity skaters on standby.

Joe Warren-Plant

Joe Warren-Plant and his skating partner Vanessa Bauer were forced to withdraw from the competition after they tested positive for Coronavirus.

The 18-year-old Emmerdale actor said he was “beyond heartbroken” to have to leave the show early.

Joe told fans this afternoon: "Unfortunately, due to contracting and testing positive for Covid-19, me and Vanessa will no longer be competing on @dancingonice.

"I am beyond heartbroken that our journey has been cut short."

Jason Donavan

Neighbours star Jason Donovan was forced to miss the last show after injuring his back.

Celebrities are permitted to miss one week if they must but any more time than that loses their place on the show.

However, with the show postponed for a week longer, Jason may return to the ice.

Sharing a message with his fans ahead of last weekend’s show, the star said: “I've had back pain the past couple of days, and I'm under doctor's orders to take it easy and sit this week out.

"I'm resting up, I'll be watching from home and cheering everyone on, and I look forward to returning next week."

Holly Willoughby joked last week that if any more celebrities drop out, her co-host, Phillip Schofield will have to take to the ice.

Dancing on Ice returns Sunday 28 February..

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