Dancing on Ice: Why are only six celebrities skating in tonight’s opener?

Dancing on Ice has had a major shake up this year, meaning no one will be going home after tonight’s opener.

In the skating past, the celebs have trained long and hard with their partners, and some of them only have one night to show for it as they are sent home after just one performance.

And while that may be what fans of the show are expecting for this week, sadly that will not be the case as no celebrity will be saying goodbye this week – and half of them won’t even be skating.

In a huge format change, which has made it somewhat similar to its BBC Christmas rival Strictly Come Dancing, only six celebrities will perform on opening night, with the other six giving it their all the following week.

Dancing on Ice: Why are only six celebrities skating in tonight's opener?

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So who will be vying for the public’s love this week?

The celebs performing tonight (Sunday 6th) are:

Saara Alto, the former X Factor star

Didi Conn, who performed as Frenchie in hit musical Grease

Corrie actress Jane Danson

Mark Little, of Neighbours fame

Former Strictly pro James Jordan

TOWIE’s Gemma Collins , aka The GC

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The performers skating on next Sunday’s show are:

Love Island’s Wes Nelson

Melody Thornton, formerly of the Pussycat Dolls

Cricketer Ryan Sidebottom

Saira Khan , star of The Apprentice and Loose Women

Westlife singer Brian McFadden

EastEnders actor Richard Blackwood

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At the moment, Wes Nelson and Richard Blackwood are looking like potential winners of the show, with Wes dominating the odds after the epic DOI trailer dropped.

Sadly for The GC, she’s not looking like a potential winner – instead, the odds suggest she will be the first to take to the ice with her entire body rather than just her skates.

Betway’s Alan Alger said: "There were a few raised eyebrows when Gemma Collins was announced as a participant in this year’s Dancing On Ice and punters believe she could be in for a very tough time on the rink.

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“The TOWIE star is the 5/2 favourite to be the first celebrity to fall over ahead of the 11 series of the show, with Didi Conn and Ryan Sidebottom also skating on thin ice at 9/2."

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