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'Dancing on Ice' introduces new 'Save Me Skate' twist

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Dancing on Ice has introduced a new elimination skate-off twist for the show's eighth series, it has been revealed.

The show's stars and mentors Torvill & Dean announced at today's press launch that this year's celebrities would be allowed to perform 'Save Me Skates' for the first time in the show's history.

Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean at a photocall for the launch of the new series of 'Dancing on Ice' at the ITV Studios, London

© PA Images / Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire



Inspired by the success of X Factor's Sunday results shows - where the bottom two acts pick their own songs to persuade the judges to save them - the bottom two celebrity skaters in the public vote will now have the chance to perform their own self-taught routine.

Torvill & Dean will step back and the celebrities and their pro partners will have to create their own choreography, pick their own music and create their own personalised routine.

It will be the celebs' last chance to impress the judges and was described by Dean as a "final plea on their knees" from the skating stars.

Dancing on Ice returns this weekend on Sunday night (January 6) on ITV1.

This year's contestants include Pamela Anderson, Shayne Ward and Corrie star Samia Ghadie.

Jason Gardiner and Karen Barber return to the judging panel in 2013, alongside show regular Robin Cousins and newcomer Ashley Roberts.

[Dancing on Ice - Launch Photos]

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