SINGER and actor Jason Donovan has been forced to pull out of Sunday’s episode of Dancing on Ice.
He’s the fifth star to dropped out from the series due to sustaining injuries or contracting coronavirus.
So what forced him to pull the pin?
Why is Jason Donovan not on Dancing on Ice tonight?
The Australian actor and singer, Jason Donovan is currently suffering from back pain, and has been ordered by doctors to “take it easy”.
An ITV representative confirmed Jason, who is competing on the show with professional skater Alexandra Schauman, has been advised to rest after suffering from back pain.
The 52-year-old added to the statement: ”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."
Jason is the latest celebrity to pull out of the competition – just days after Emmerdale's Joe-Warren Plant and his partner Vanessa Bauer were forced to withdraw after they both tested positive for coronavirus.
Last week it was revealed comedian Rufus Hound was withdrawing from the competition after he also tested positive for coronavirus.
Reality TV star Billie Shepherd also left the show early after injuring herself during a fall.
Actress and singer Denise Van Outen was rushed to A&E after a lift attempt with pro Matt Evers went disastrously wrong and she dislocated her shoulder. The injury later forced her out of the competition.
Graham Bell’s first professional partner Yebin Mok was hospitalised after suffering a horror injury on the ice back in January.
Will Jason Donovan be back next week?
While Jason Donovan has been advised to rest by the show’s medical team, he planning to return for next week’s show.
Celebrities are allowed to miss one week of the competition without being eliminated, according to the show’s rules.
Despite the withdrawals those behind-the-scenes are keen to work hard to ensure the show can go ahead.
A source told The Sun: “They've been super strict with the protocols and following rules backstage.”
“Everyone is tested all the time so it's just a case of sticking to the rules and making it through to the final week."
"Morale is high backstage and everyone wants to make the show work.”
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