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Monday 23rd September 2019

Dancing On Ice: James Jordan fan fave to replace Jason Gardiner

He won the latest series of DOI

Pro dancer Neil Jones has called for Dancing On Ice bosses to make series 11 winner James Jordan a judge on the show.

The Strictly Come Dancing star, 37, took to social media to call for James - who was a pro on Strictly from 2006 to 2013 - to replace ex judge Jason Gardiner.

Neil wrote on twitter: "I'm just going to put it out there... I think @The_JamesJordan should be the new judge on @dancingonice."

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"He's won the show so he has experience and he has knowledge as a dancer and we all know he loves to give his opinion #fact."

Some Dancing On Ice fans were quick to throw their weight behind the idea.

I think James Jordan should be the new judge on Dancing On Ice.

One tweeted back: "Yes, I 100% agree... I would love to watch him as a judge."

Another wrote: "Agree, and I think he would be entertaining too and give a fair judgement on the dances."

A third replied: "Perfect idea, he would be a great judge x."

But others weren't so keen on the idea of James joining the DOI line-up permanently.

One tweeted: "No thanks! Don't you need knowledge of ice skating? Something he doesn't have."

Someone else said: "Noooo can't stand him, don't spoil a good program."

Another joked that James must be holding Neil hostage, writing: "Is he holding you hostage, Neil? Will get help, stay strong!"

Jason Gardiner, 47, announced he's quit Dancing On Ice as a judge on Wednesday (21.08.19) with a video shared to his Instagram.

In the clip, he said: "After all these years I feel it's time for me to say goodbye to my judging role and return to things I have been putting on the back burner for a while.

Jason was famous for his often brutally honest comments (Credit: ITV)

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"To all of my DOI fans, I really thank you for your support and encouragement over the years, I know we've gone through some controversies and I'm grateful you got my unique judging style and honesty.

"It's because of you I never cowered or shied away from serving up the truth."

It follows reports earlier this month that ITV bosses were secretly trying to find a replacement judge for Jason ahead of January's series.

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