Ice skating is a very popular activity. As a result of this, it’s often within the media, not only on game centred media but also reality television, documentaries and movies. Blades of Glory is one such case of ice skating featured in films, where rivals learn to skate together in a comedic theme.
Dancing on ice is a popular television show in which Celebrities which have not previously skated before learn how to figure skate with a professional Ice skater. This idea is used in eight different countries, and in England it’s presented by Christine Bleakley and Phillip Schofield, although Holly Willoughby used to co present. Each have their own specialities and so judge the couples so, i.e. Choreography, Free Skating and Figure Skating.
There are still rules to the contest, each couple must conduct a dance every week, the judges will score and watch them between zero and ten. In earlier show, the judges were more lenient in the beginning of the set. This, however, was stopped with the judge giving truly indicative scores so the public could be able to judge accordingly and watch the contestants develop over the series. Each couple must also perform certain moves each week which differ from week to week. For example assisted and unassisted jumps, prop use, shad steps, cross rolls and change of skate to mention but a few. The most adventurous move to date is that the Head Banger where only one male celebrity has played in the background of this series in England.
There are over 250 people working on the English version of the show with Physiotherapists and Paramedics on hand if any of the moves go wrong. Additionally, there are costume designers present and since 2006 around 1000 costumes are made. Additionally, there must be individuals present to keep and paint the ice. A unique paint is used which comes from Canada that I painted on when the ice is about 4cm and a spray is used to paint the ice white.