More bad news for Dancing on Ice fans. Hamish Gaman has been forced to withdraw from this year's competition after sustaining a hand injury while off the ice.
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An ITV Spokesperson: "Sadly we can confirm that Hamish Gaman, who has been partnered with Faye Brookes, has had to withdraw from the competition. We thank him for all his hard work and wish him the very best as he takes some time out to allow his injury to fully heal."
Faye Brookes will continue in the competition with Matt Evers - who was previously partnered with Denise van Outen - stepping in as her pro-skater partner.
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The skating pro previously told fans that he would be continuing with the show after discovering that he did not need surgery after snapping a tendon in his finger, tweeting: "Update‼️ I’ve been told that I don’t need surgery on my finger. I’ll just be sporting a bling splint for a few weeks. I can’t wait to return to @dancingonice with @Faye_Brookes."
However, after a follow up examination and careful consideration, the medical experts' have concluded that he should not continue with the show, and instead take the time to heal properly in the interest of safeguarding against any long-term damage.
Speaking of his routine this weekend he explained: "Faye wasn’t fully aware but I snapped a tendon in my hand and I was advised before the show that I’m putting my finger at risk for the rest of my life here. It’s one of those scenarios where there was a lot of people dropping out of the show and I love this show so much and I didn’t want to let the team down."
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The ice skating pro admitted that he was forced to change their routine at the last minute to accommodate his injury, adding: "Faye did incredible to learn the routine last minute. We had to change all of our lifts because of my hand, as I couldn’t do certain movements.
"It is never easy for someone to learn new choreography and it is very dangerous to do things that aren’t ready anyway but then to suddenly make these huge changes last minute, Faye did so well."
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The show confirmed that it would be taking a week's break on Monday. An ITV spokesperson said: "ITV have taken the decision to pause Dancing on Ice this week and there will be no live show on Sunday 21st February. Each week our production team and cast have delivered a fantastic show during incredibly challenging times.
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"The welfare of all of those involved is important to us and we felt it prudent to take a week’s break at this juncture. Continuing to make the best TV for our viewers is of paramount importance to us and we look forward to resuming the competition next week, with the show back live on Sunday 28th February."
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