Choreography: Jayne Torvill &Christopher Dean
Creative Director: Glenn Coomber
Reviewer: John Roberts
Ten year’s ago Olympic gold medalists Torvill and Dean created a new prime-time TV show that merged the splendor and sophistication of Strictly Come Dancing with the thrilling and defying agility of Ice Skating and thus Dancing on Ice was born.
Watched by millions of people each week, celebrity stars partnered with professional skaters and battled to be crowned king or queen of the ice, the format was simple but the nation took the show to it’s heart and with the final eve series having recently finished on ITV the show takes itself on the road for one last time… and it doesn’t disappoint.
For this final outing eight of the most memorable contestants from the past 10 years come onto the ice again: Series two winner Kyran Bracken, Series three winner Suzanne Shaw, Series five winner Hayley Tamaddon, and series eight winner Beth Tweddle are also joined by Gareth Gates, west end veteran Bonnie Langford, comic Joe Pasquale and of course the champion of champions Ray Quinn.
The first half of the show takes the format as the TV show, each contestant gets one dance on the ice and at the end, the audience vote for their favorite to be crowned the night’s winner. The contestants all performed their personal favourites from their time on the TV show, The performances are all accomplished and polished (apart from a hilarious Mission Impossible from Joe Pasquale) but the vast majority need to realise that they are not in front of TV camera in front of a small studio audience.
Their performances could do with being larger to engage and captivate the audience while on ‘The Big Ice”– something that Hayley Tamaddon did with real flair and panache during her dance with partner Daniel Whiston with Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy. However I am sure that this will only improve as the tour moves from venue to venue and the cast get used to such a big space.It would have been even better if some of the exquisite flying sequences as seen over the years on the show, could have been incorporated into the arenas.
The show really comes alive though in the second half – here we get a more traditional dance show, with number after number, flowing from one routine to the next, everyone in the company from the stars to the professionals get a chance to shine – a stunning professional group number depicting the relationship between Heaven and Hell to Evanescence’s Bring Me To Life of particular note as was the perfectly executed duet between Lukasz Bozycki and Alexandra Schauman. Also look out for a brilliant Dancing on Ice masterclass from the legendary Joe Pasquale.
Of course the evening wouldn’t be complete without the Champion of Champions Ray Quinn taking to the ice and showing us what he can do alongside his winning partner Maria Filippov. Quinn is a true athlete on the Ice and his strength and dexterity is nothing short or phenomenal, but the second act is stolen by Torvill &Dean recreating their Olympic gold medal winning performance of the Bolero, which is still as stunning and captivating as it was 30 years ago.
With guest judges Robin Cousins, Karen Barber, and Nicky Slater the evening feels like the complete package for all fans of the TV show. A fun-filled high energy spectacle that is perfect for all the family. Catch it now before its too late.
Photo: ITV |Reviewed on 28th March – the tour continues around the UK until 27th April