'Dancing On Ice' judge Jayne Torvill is expecting more from the stars next weekend because they've had longer to prepare.

Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean

Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean

The ITV figure skating competition has been cancelled this week after several celebrities picked up injuries, but Jayne has admitted there is added pressure on the celebs when they return to the ice on February 28th. 

Appearing on ITV's 'Lorraine', Jayne said: "We're all sad, because everyone has worked so hard trying to put the show on in the first place.

"Every week there was something happening. But on a positive side, all of our celebrities will have an extra week to work on their routine, so I'm looking forward to seeing some great routines when we come back."

Jason Donovan missed last weekend's show due to a back injury, but judge Christopher Dean revealed he is poised for a return.

He added: "Well he's rested up, he's in better fitness and all being well, we will see him next week.

"He's loving the show, he's loving what he's doing and he's passionate to get back. So, we're excited to see him back on the ice very soon."

As well as Jason's injury, rapper Lady Leshurr is currently experiencing pain in her leg, and Rebekah Vardy has a groin strain.

Four celebrities have pulled out completely, with Denise Van Outen backing out due to a broken shoulder, and Billie Shepherd – who previously missed a week when her grandmother passed away – quitting over a heavy fall on the ice which left her with concussion.

What's more, Rufus Hound left the show after testing positive for COVID-19, and Joe-Warren Plant was also sent packing for good after he too contracted coronavirus.

However, Torvill and Dean both insisted the current series hasn't been plagued by more injuries than normal.

Jayne: "We have this little saying, 'If you're not falling, you're not trying'.

"But in that respect, we don't want people to push themselves too far that they do get injured. We're always taking precautions with that and giving advice.

"As Chris said, we always have some injuries and we always say to our reserves, 'Don't think that you won't be in the show'. Nearly every season, we end up using one, and this year we've used both reserves."