Full list of contestants who had to quit Dancing on Ice – and their reasons

The final of Dancing On Ice has been brought forward to Sunday, March 14, which means we will soon find out who the winner is.

This series has been plagued by injuries and contestants falling ill with coronavirus.

Several celebrities, including Joe-Warren Plant and comedian Rufus Hound had to withdraw from the competition.

The show decided to skip one week on February 21, in order to get everyone back on track, but rather than push the show back, they brought the final forward.

ITV explained: “ITV have taken the decision to move the final of Dancing on Ice forward by one week.

“The competition’s final will now take place on Sunday, March 14.

"Our production team and cast have delivered a fantastic show during incredibly challenging times. Continuing to make the best TV for our viewers is our top priority and we look forward to the rest of the series, on air from this Sunday at 6pm.”

The remaining three contestants are Coronation Street actress Faye Brookes, Olympian Colin Jackson and radio presenter Sonny Jay.

What happened to each Dancing on Ice dropout?

This years’ Dancing On Ice has been a shocker, with multiple celebs having to drop out due to injuries or positive coronavirus tests.

Denise van Outen – quit due to injury


Hours before the first episode of Dancing on Ice was due to air, Denise van Outen was rushed to A&E after an accident in rehearsals.

She was left with a “partial dislocation and tendon damage” to her left shoulder.

But the actor did go on to take part in the first show, but later said she had been in “unbearable pain” throughout the whole performance.

Denise had three bone fractures, and on January 26 it was announced she would leave the competition, and was replaced by gymnast Amy Tinkler.

Billie Faiers – Quit due to injury


Billie Faiers, or Billie Shepherd as she’s now known, missed a show due to the death of her grandmother.

But she later had to withdraw completely after hitting her head and becoming concussed during rehearsals.

In a statement, ITV said: "During rehearsals for this week's show, Billie Shepherd has had a fall.

"Taking the expert advice of the Dancing On Ice medical team, she sadly cannot perform this weekend and will therefore now withdraw from the competition.”

Rufus Hound – quit after positive Covid-19 test

Comedian Rufus Hound was the first celebrity to leave after testing positive for coronavirus.

He said in a video posted on YouTube: “Unfortunately, the rules on Dancing on Ice are completely cut and dry, very strict, because they need to keep everybody on that production as safe as possible.”

Meanwhile, ITV release a statement saying: “We can confirm that following a positive test result, Rufus Hound is unable to return to Dancing on Ice this weekend. Although Rufus and his partner Robin's time on the ice has been all too brief, they can be truly proud of their achievements. We thank them for all their hard work and commitment to the show."

Joe Warren Plant – quit after positive Covid-19 test

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Joe Warren Plant was forced to withdraw after he and his partner Vanessa tested positive for coronavirus.

The 18-year-old said at the time: "I have loved every minute of being a part of Dancing On Ice and I am disappointed as I feel I had so much more to give and was working hard to perfect each performance."

Jason Donovan – quit after injury

Jason Donovan left the show after doctors advised him to after an "ongoing back issue”.

He said at the time: “It's a nightmare and I'm completely gutted.”

Hamish Gaman – quit due to injury

Professional skater Hamish Gaman, who was partnered with Faye Brookes, had to drop out of the competition after sustaining an injury to his hand.

The show’s medical team originally said Hamish could continue to skate with some adjustments to the routine, but later concluded he needed to continue to heal.

Faye is now skating with Matt Evers, who was originally partner with Denise.

The Dancing On Ice final will air on Sunday, March 14 at 6pm on ITV.

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