Torvill and Dean will bow out on 30th anniversary of Bolero

Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean have announced that the next series of Dancing On Ice will be the last.

The duo will bow out after the ninth and final series next year, which will coincide with the 30th anniversary of their famous Olympic performance to Bolero.

‘Next year will be the 30th anniversary of Bolero and our Olympic Gold medal in Sarajevo, so for us, it seemed a fitting time to say goodbye to Dancing On Ice,’ the pair say in a statement.

‘We wanted to go out on a high!

‘We have loved every minute of Dancing On Ice, it has been a real pleasure to work on one of the UK’s most popular entertainment shows.

‘We will miss it hugely and would like to thank all of our fans for their continued support over the years.’

Jayne, 55, and Chris, 54, will also be hitting the road for a final Dancing On Ice tour when the series ends.

The show first aired in 2006 and ran for several successful series but viewing figures recently started to wane, with this year’s final getting its lowest audience ever.

Speaking to the show’s host Phillip Schofield on This Morning, Jayne and Chris admitted they’re hoping some past stars of Dancing On Ice will appear on the final series.

‘We’d want to see some of our past champions returning in some fashion,’ says Chris.

‘I think they are going to pull all the stops out to make it the biggest and best that we’ve done.’

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