Dancing On Ice’s Ashley Banjo lands new TV show – with a unusual twist

This is certainly a unique idea!

Channel 4 is hoping to bring some “old-fashioned romance” back into dating with a dance show.

Flirty Dancing – a working title that could change – will see “couples brought together through the art of dance”.

Dancer and “self-confessed romantic” Ashley Banjo will play cupid for the broadcaster, which previously sparked controversy with its show Naked Attraction, a dating show which featured contestants without clothing.

Ashley will front the new Channel 4 series (Credit: Terry Scott / Flynet – SplashNews)

In the new series, singles will learn their routine separately “so that the first time they meet their match will be a first date like no other”.

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Ashley, who won Britain’s Got Talent in 2009 with his group Diversity, said that “dance exposes your true self”.

“Back in the good old days, three-quarters of people met their partners on a dancefloor,” he said.

“I met my wife dancing. We really connected and got to know each other in dance class. There was a chemistry that I don’t think would have been created sitting across from each other at a table and just talking.

“I want to bring a bit of old-fashioned romance back to dating – the magic that can be created without a word being spoken.”

Ashley is a self-confessed romantic (Credit: AMP /

Sarah Lazenby, commissioning editor for factual entertainment at Channel 4, said the new show was a perfect antidote to today’s dating apps.

“Inspired by the evocative atmosphere of La La Land, we want to recapture the magic and romance of the dancehall days when you could be swept off your feet rather than being swept left or right,” she said.

Sounds intriguing!

Ashley has just served as a judge on the rebooted series of Dancing On Ice, which wrapped earlier this month with Jake Quickenden being crowned winner.

The Diversity star recently admitted he’s not sure if he’ll be asked to return to the show, which has already been commissioned for a new series next year.

He told Daily Star: “The producers unofficially said ‘the team will remain the same for next year’s series’ and that everything will be similar to how it was.

“But one thing I’ve learned in this business is that you should never take anything for granted unless you are there doing it.

“I’ve realised how fragile things are. But I’m hoping to be back.”

Ashley judged alongside Jason Gardiner and Torvill & Dean, while Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield served as co-hosts.

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