Sheffield for skate stars

AFTER wowing more than 750,000 people across the country in previous years with stunning ice performances, skating legends Jayne Torvill Christopher Dean will embark on a fourth live UK tour of Dancing on Ice which comes to Sheffield Arena for 6 performances from today until Sunday 11th April.

TV personality and one time King of the Jungle, Christopher Biggins is to join the Dancing on Ice Tour judging panel. He will be joined by another new addition, Danny Young who will be making a special guest performance with Frankie Poultney performing his bare chested Rocky Routine, as well as Kyran Bracken, who was crowned ice dancing champion in the 2007 ITV1 series. Both will assume their seats behind the desk alongside judges from the hit ITV1 show, Karen Barber and Nicky Slater.

Biggins, who has no ice skating experience but who is an avid fan of the show will be judging performances by Inbetweeners star Emily Atack, 2Point4 Children actress Clare Buckfield. Coronation Street's Gaynor Faye, ex-Hollyoaks actor Chris Fountain, Boyzone's Mikey Graham, ex-Footballers' Wives actor Gary Lucy, former Emmerdale star and this year's winner Hayley Tamaddon and former X factor champ Ray Quinn.

Speaking about joining the Dancing On Ice Tour, Biggins said, "I am thrilled to be on the judging panel of Dancing On Ice Tour this year. I'm very much looking forward to joining the celebrity skaters and their partners in all their sparkling finery, as we take this favourite show of mine on the road to arena audiences all over the UK."

The format for the Tour is the same as previous years and as in the hit ITV1 show, the audience will be able to use their mobile phone to text vote for their favourite dancing couple. The votes will then be added to the scores from the Judges to decide the winner. Once the votes have been counted, the winning celebrity will join their skating partner to perform a magical finale. As with the previous tours, all profits from text voting will go to charity; more than 80,000 has been raised to date.

The professional skaters on the Dancing on Ice Tour this year are Fred Palascak dancing with Emily Atack; Lukasz Rozycki dancing with Clare Buckfield; Matt Evers dancing with Gaynor Faye; Brianne Delacourt dancing with Chris Fountain; Melanie Lambert dancing with Mikey Graham; Maria Filipov dancing with Gary Lucy; Dan Whiston dancing with Hayley Tamaddon and Alexandra Schauman dancing with Ray Quinn. Tickets 32.50-65 (booking fee may apply) at the Arena box office, 0114 256 5656