Dancing on Ice
Dancing on Ice logo
One Direction
Role Self, musical guest
Episode February 5, 2012
Dancing on Ice is a British television show in which celebrities and their professional partners figure skate in front of a panel of judges.


Each week the celebrities and their partners perform a live ice dance routine. The four (as of series 8) judges (commonly known as the Ice Panel) judge each performance and give a mark between 0.0 and 10.0 (0.0 to 6.0 between series 1 and 5), depending on the performance. These total scores then create a leader-board which combines with the public vote in order to determine the two lowest placed couples. As this is the case, the pair with the lowest score from the judges can avoid being in the bottom two if the public vote for them.

Once the scores and votes are combined to form the final leader-board for that week's show, the two/three couples at the bottom compete in a final showdown known as the "Skate Off", where they perform their routine again. Once the couples have performed their routines for the judging panel, the judges decide on who deserves to stay and cast their votes, based on their second performance. The couple with the most votes from the judges receives a place in the following week's show, while the couple with the fewest votes leaves the competition. One couple leaves each week, but in series 7, two couples left in one week, due to numbering issues.

A live reunion special was staged one week after the end of each season, with all celebrities talking about their experiences during the season, and answering questions from a live studio audience. Torvil and Dean themselves then made a special in-studio appearance towards the end, thanking the contestants, hosts and judges, and of course, the home viewers for their votes.

Required Elements

In some shows, there is an element that the skaters are required to perform as part of their routines. These required elements have included:

  • Assisted and unassisted jumps
  • Use of a prop
  • Forming a spiral position
  • Flying above the ice, suspended by a harness
  • A one footed spin
  • Shadow steps
  • Classic moves of Torvill and Dean, sometimes with a choice between them
  • Cross rolls
  • Toe step sequences
  • Pair spin
  • One unique move
  • Solo skate
  • Change of edge


One Direction performed on Dancing on Ice for the first time on February 5, 2012, they sang two songs from thier debut album "Up All Night", "What Makes You Beautiful" and "One Thing".

One Direction's Performance

Dancing on Ice - WMYB03:49

Dancing on Ice - WMYB

One Direction- One Thing on Dancing on Ice03:11

One Direction- One Thing on Dancing on Ice


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