The former Britain's Got Talent star is hopeful to return to the hit show

Ashley Banjo has revealed he hopes to return as a judge for Dancing on Ice in 2019.

The Diversity dancer – who shot to fame with the dance troupe after they won Britain’s Got Talent in 2009 – was hired as a judge for the show’s re-boot earlier this year.

And, although some claimed he wasn’t “qualified” for the role, Ashley proved a hit with viewers – and has hinted that he could be back for another series.

Speaking abut his possible return to Zoe Ball, he said: “I hope so, put it that way… it’s looking pretty good.

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“I love doing the show, it’s so much fun, but until you… I haven’t signed on the dotted line yet.”

While Olympic ice-skaters Jane Torvill and Christopher Dean have the credentials to judge the celebrities on their ice-skating skills, some viewers felt Ashley lacked experience.

Defending his place on the show earlier this year, Ashley explained that a lot of the celebrities’ performance comes down to “entertainment” value – something he knows a lot about.

“The thing about the British public is they’re not going to be voting for the best ice skater but someone who is entertaining,” he explained.

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“There’s so much involved in it – musicality, dance, performance – that skating is only one element of it.”

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After five years off our TV screens, the Dancing on Ice reboot – hosted by Philip Schofield and Holly Willoughby and won by Jake Quickenden – proved a huge success.

So much so that the prospect of another series in 2019 was described as a “no brainer” by ITV bosses.

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Head of entertainment commissioning at the channel, Siobhan Greene, said: “The show’s welcome back has exceeded our expectations and it’s been fantastic to see the audience at home loving it.

“The recommission is a no-brainer and it’s brilliant for everyone involved to know it’ll be back next year.”

We can’t wait!