Phillip Schofield in sly Strictly dig as he calls Dancing On Ice ‘the toughest’

This Morning’s Phillip Schofield is returning to present Dancing On Ice, alongside his on-screen partner Holly Willoughby.

Phillip has high hopes for 2021, and has spoken about the “amazing line up”, which is supposedly “the highest calibre of skaters we’ve ever had”.

But Dancing On Ice isn’t a walk in the park, and Phillip said there is “nothing like it” while making a sly dig at another massive dancing competition.

The TV presenter compared it to BBC's Strictly Come Dancing, which is “less prone to breaking celebrities than we are”.

Phillip added that he thinks Dancing On Ice is “the toughest," but that Strictly “is an amazing show”.

According to Phillip, it’s normal that everyone is “frightened” to take part in Dancing On Ice, because “that’s the nature” of it.

Since Dancing On Ice first hit our screens back in 2006, there have been countless falls and a number of injuries on the show.

Ahead of the show, Phillip received a phone call from contestant Jason Donovan who was nervous ahead of taking part.

Phillip explained ahead of the 2021 show: “I’ve already had a phone call with Jason Donovan who phoned me and said, ‘mate do you think I’m going to be alright?’ I said, ‘you are going to be fantastic, it’ll be fantastic’.”

The Dancing On Ice presenter explained that Jason, “like everyone is pushed into doing the show by his kids”.

He continued: “They were desperate for him to do it."

But Phillip explained that Jason is “frightened that he’s going to get broken”, but “that’s the nature of dancing part in Dancing on Ice, there is nothing like it”.

Even though the coronavirus pandemic has changed the world around the show, Phillip says we can expect “great dancing, great sparkle and a great atmosphere”.

He continued: “It will be the same as it has always been, everyone is learning enormously all the time so I think it will be the Dancing On Ice that you know and love.”

But, unfortunately, if you were hoping to see Phillip strap his skates on, you’ll be disappointed.

Asked whether he is tempted to get his skates back on and have a go, he answered: “No, you need to have a lot of time and a lot of practice."

He added: "This year’s celebrities have all been working very hard to reach the standard that they’ll get to. You’ve got to be impressive, otherwise there’s no point doing it.”

The celebs taking part in Dancing On Ice alongside Jason Donovan are musician and presenter Myleene Klass, actor Joe-Warren Plant, actress, singer and presenter Denise Van Outen, actress Faye Brookes, Capital Radio DJ Sonny Jay, Olympians Graham Bell and Colin Jackson CBE, TV personality Rebekah Vardy, musician Lady Leshurr, TV personality Billie Shepherd and actor and comedian Rufus Hound.

Dancing On Ice returns on January 17 on ITV.

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