Louie Spence replaces Jason Gardiner on 'Ice' contest

Monday December 5, 2011

Dance supremo Louie Spence is to replace acid-tongued Jason Gardiner in a shake-up of judges on ITV1 skating show Dancing On Ice.

In another major change for the judging panel, Olympic figure skating champion Katarina Witt will take the place of Emma Bunton.

The pair will join head judge Robin Cousins, who returns to the panel once more when the show slides back in the New Year.

Australian star Jason has been with the series since its launch in 2006 and has earned a reputation for his forthright views.

His replacement Louie rose to fame in Sky docusoap Pineapple Dance Studios, set at the famed London studio for which he is artistic director.

Louie - who has also hosted his own series Showbusiness - said:

"I'm looking forward to being part of such a challenging and spectacular show, and can't wait to give my encouragement and critique on the contestants' dance and performance on the ice."

Photo: © Getty

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