The final of Dancing on Ice 2021 has been brought forward to an earlier date, with Covid and injury issues cited as the reasons.
It has been a somewhat cursed series of the programme, with a number of incidents impacting the quality of the show and leading to a reduced number of contestants.
Due to this, ITV has taken the decision to bring the show's finish date a week forward – with the finale now set to take place on Sunday 14 March.
A spokesperson for ITV confirmed the news, with a statement that read: "The competition’s final will now take place on Sunday 14 March. Our production team and cast have delivered a fantastic show during incredibly challenging times. Continuing to make the best TV for our viewers is our top priority and we look forward to the rest of the series, on air from this Sunday at 6pm."
Just four couples remain in the competition, with all of them gearing up to take part in the semi-finals this weekend. The celebrities that are still in the running for the Dancing on Ice crown are Faye Brookes, Colin Jackson, Sonny Jay and Lady Leshurr.
The cast recently received a weekend off, when ITV opted to instead air a two-hour special which looked back at some of the show's greatest moments over the years.
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Jason Donovan was the most recent star forced to withdraw from an episode due to injury, with the Aussie's back rendering him out of action. It has since been confirmed he has left the show for good.
It follows Denise Van Outen and Billie Shepherd both having to leave the competition for good as they also sustained knocks, while Rufus Hound and Joe-Warren Plant were also forced off the show after testing positive for coronavirus.
The show has also run out of reserve skaters after Matt Richardson and Amy Tinkler both stepped in before being eliminated in the skate-off.
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