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Dancing On Ice star slams show after being ‘axed’

An old pro won't be back

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Dancing On Ice kicks off on ITV tonight, but one former favourite is missing from the line-up.

Pro-skater Frankie Seaman, who starred on the show from the first series, apparently didn’t make the grade for the relaunch.

Frankie appeared on the very first Dancing On Ice (Credit: ITV)

All skaters from previous series seemingly had to audition in the same way as newcomers to make the process fair.

Frankie began the process back in February, and discovered via email that she didn’t have a place on this year’s show.

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Holly and Phil return with Chris and Jayne (Credit: ITV)

And, as you’d imagine, she’s feeling pretty cut up about it.

“I lived and breathed the show. It means so much to me. What’s happened is heartbreaking,” the 44-year-old, who is married to previous DOI partner David Seaman, told The Sun.

“The hiring process all the show’s former pros were put through for the new series was disrespectful and demoralising.

“At the end of long discussions, we all received the same email saying we would not be involved as the standard was ‘so very high’.”

A show insider told ED!: “As with all previous series, the line up of professionals before the start of the series was reviewed.

“In order to secure the best professional line up possible, the show auditioned and cast skaters all across the world.

“This series five professional skaters who have appeared in previous series of Dancing on Ice have been invited back to the show alongside seven newcomers.”

On tonight’s launch show celebs Jake Quickenden, Kem Cetinay, Perri Shakes-Drayton, Antony Cotton, Steph Wareing and Candice Brown take to the ice.

This year’s celebrity contestants (Credit: ITV)

Next week it’s the turn of Brooke Vincent, Cheryl Baker, Donna Air, Max Evans, Lemar and Alex Beresford.

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