Dancing On Ice has been dealt yet another blow as Jason Donovan has pulled out of tonight’s show after suffering from back problems.
Jason, 52, said: “I’ve had back pain the past couple of days and I’m under doctor’s orders to take it easy and sit this week out.
“I’m resting up, I’ll be watching from home and cheering everyone on and I look forward to returning next week”.
However, the star hopes to make a return to the ice next weekend.
The competition rules allow contestants to take a break for one week so Jason will still remain part of the show going forward.
He has did not suffer an injury during training, but took the advice of the show’s expert team to rest up after experiencing back pain.
It’s the latest injury issue to hit the show after several stars and a number of pro skaters were hurt in accidents.
Jason is the fifth star to bow out of the series so far.
It comes just days after Joe-Warren Plant exited after testing positive for Covid-19.
The actor’s departure followed the loss of Billie Faiers, who was forced to leave the show on doctors’ orders after a fall in training.
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The former Towie star, 31, suffered a concussion and was not well enough to continue.
Denise van Outen, 46, was forced to withdraw in January after a nasty fall which left her in “unbearable pain”.
She suffered three bone fractures and a partial dislocation of her shoulder and was later told by doctors she had to pull out.
Just days before, Rufus Hound was forced to leave the competition after he come into contact with someone who tested positive for coronavirus.
There are now just seven skaters left in the competition, including Jason,with six shows to fill.
Bosses have already used up both of their reserves – Matt Richardson for Rufus and gymnast Amy Tinkler for Denise, so they have no more skaters to put on the ice.