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Ashley Roberts joins 'Dancing on Ice' judging panel

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Ashley Roberts will appear on the judging panel for the upcoming series of Dancing on Ice.

The former Pussycat Doll, who came second in this year's I'm A Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here!, has been chosen to join the celebrity skating show thanks to her popularity in the jungle, The Sun reports.

Ashley Roberts
Ashley Roberts, bikini, I'm a Celebrity

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Roberts is the third member of Pussycat Dolls to judge on a UK talent show, following X Factor's Nicole Scherzinger and Kimberly Wyatt of Got To Dance, and was chosen despite not having any professional skating experience.

She said: "I'm beyond excited to be joining Dancing on Ice as a judge. To work alongside Torvill and Dean is such an honour, they're absolute legends.

"We've got some fantastic names this year and I can't wait to see their routines on the ice."

Executive producer Katie Rawcliffe commented: "I'm really pleased we have Ashley on board, Karen and Jason back and Robin as head judge.

"Between the four of them they bring a wealth of experience and knowledge in ice-skating, performance and dance and they are very vocal in their opinions."

Dancing On Ice judge Jason Gardiner

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Karen Barber on Dancing on Ice

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Roberts will join Dancing on Ice veteran Robin Cousins on the panel, while controversial stars Jason Gardiner and Karen Barber will reunite as judges for the first time since 2010.

Barber became a contestant trainer for the 2011 edition, while Gardiner took a break from the series last year.

Dancing on Ice returns to ITV1 on January 6, 2013 and will feature actress Pamela Anderson, Olympians Beth Tweddle and Luke Campbell, and The Only Way Is Essex's Lauren Goodger.

Watch the first look trailer below:

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