Dancing on Ice 2021: Who is most likely to Win?
Dancing on Ice 2021: Who is most likely to Win?

The 13th series Dancing On Ice 2021 kick off on Sunday 17th January and will see the first six celebrities take to the ice with their professional skating partners.

The study from Bet O’Clock analysed the characteristics of every winner of the show and reveals that actors have historically performed best on the ice, boasting six previous winners from a possible 11, including Gaynor Faye, Hayley Tamaddon and most recently, Joe Swash.

Other successful professions include singers and sportspeople, both with two previous wins each.

Considering the historical data from the show - Dancing On Ice, the former Neighbours and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat star is the most likely to dazzle the judges this year. As well as matching the winning profession, Donovan is also the right gender – with male contestants winning seven out of the 11 previous Dancing on Ice trophies (a 64% win-rate).

The only characteristic letting the Australian down is his age – at 52, he would be the oldest winner ever by 11 years, with the typical victor aged just 31.

But tipping the balance back in Donovan’s favour is the fact he’s paired with Alexandra Schauman. The Finnish figure skater has won the last two series with her partners Jake Quickenden and Joe Swash.

Rufus Hound and Sonny Jay may be perpetually left out in the cold this year, with comedians and presenters historically not performing well on the ITV show, having yet to claim a title.

A spokesperson for Bet O’Clock said: “Historical research has shown that gender and profession can really influence performance, so male actors are the clear front runners when it comes to competing for this year’s Dancing on Ice crown.

“Before placing a bet ahead of this year’s show, bear in mind the historical data, despite what the bookmakers are predicting. Actress Faye Brookes is the favourite at 7/2 but our data might prove otherwise.”

The 12 celebrity skaters taking part Dancing on Ice in this year’s series, starting on Sunday 17 th January, are: Billie Shepherd, Colin Jackson, Denise van Outen, Faye Brookes, Graham Bell, Jason Donovan, Joe-Warren Plant, Lady Leshurr, Myleene Klass, Rebekah Vardy, Rufus Hound and Sonny Jay.

Dancing on Ice winner: What were the 2020 results?

The live final earlier this year saw Joe Swash, Perri Kiely and Libby Clegg all competing for the winning slot.

Joe and Alex Murphy were ultimately presented with the winning trophy, with Libby and her partner Mark Hanretty finishing in third place and Perri and his partner Vanessa Bauer coming second.

When will Dancing on Ice 2021 start?

The 13th series will kick off on Sunday 17th January 2021 at 6pm.

While reports of several crew members testing positive for COVID-19 have been circulating this week, ITV has responded by confirming that the show will go ahead this weekend and ensuring the safety of all cast and crew members.

Speaking to RadioTimes.com, an ITV spokesperson said: “The welfare of everyone who works on Dancing On Ice is our first priority. We have had a robust set of measures in place ever since work on the series commenced in order to operate safely within COVID-19 guidelines and to ensure the wellbeing of everyone connected with the production.”

Episodes will continue to air on Sunday evenings until the winner is crowned in the grand final.

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