Dancing on Ice 2012: Louie Spence joins judging panel

The Judging panel for Dancing on Ice 2012 has been revealed.

TV star Louie Spence and twice Olympic figure skating champion Katarina Witt will join head judge Robin Cousins on the ice panel.

Head coach Karen Barber will be back to offer her expertise and support to the show’s celebrity skaters.

Acclaimed chorographer Louie Spence will draw on his wealth of experience in dance and choreography to offer his critique on the celebrity’s’ performances. Currently the artistic director at Pineapple studios, Louie has worked with some of the world’s biggest stars including, Kylie Minogue, Robbie Williams and Mariah Carey, before becoming a household name with the observational series based at internationally renowned Pineapple Dance Studios.

Louie Spence said: “I’m looking forward to being part of such a challenging and spectacular show and can’t wait to give my encouragement and critique on the contestants’ dance and performance on the ice.”

Katarina Witt dominated figure skating for over a decade winning a legion of medals and making her one of the most successful figure skaters of all time. She won Olympic golds in both the 1984 Sarajevo (the same year as Torvill and Dean’s legendary Bolero gold medal win) and 1988 Calgary Olympics.

“I can’t wait to join the Dancing On Ice judging panel,” said Katarina Witt

“As well as offering support and constructive advice to this years’ celebrity skaters I’m also looking forward to working alongside my close friends Torvill and Dean.”

Layla Smith, Controller of Entertainment, ITV said: “We are thrilled to welcome Louie and Katarina to the new Dancing On Ice panel. The pair have a wealth of experience which they will be bringing to the new series. Their unique flare and passion for their professions will doubtless make for some interesting debates.

“We’d like to thank Emma Bunton and Jason Gardiner for their valued contribution during previous series and wish them both all the best with their future projects.”

Updated: Saturday 3 December 2011
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