Dancing on Ice Joe Warren Plant and Vanessa Bauer reunite on the ice for first time since being forced out by Covid


DANCING On Ice star Joe Warren Plant has reunited with his skating partner Vanessa Bauer on the ice for the first time since they left the show after catching Covid.

The Emmerdale actor, 18, shared a video of himself hitting the rink with the 24-year-old yesterday and revealed he was learning a new trick – despite not being part of the final.

Joe Warren Plant and Vanessa Bauer reunited on ice yesterday

He wrote: “First day back in over a month. Trying to learn split leaps.”

Vanessa also shared a snap of them on the ice and gushed: “Thank you for letting me teach you how to skate.”

The feeling was very much reciprocated, as he replied: “The best teacher ever, thank you for everything.”

Joe showed off some impressive skills
The pair were doing really well on the show prior to catching Covid

The duo were forced out of the skating competition last month after testing positive for Covid and they were forced to spend ten days holed up in a hotel together while they quarantined.

Fans had hoped they would be able to return to the competition as they only missed a week of training, which had sparked a favouritism row amongst the other contestants but it was not to be.

The shock decision left the two stars gutted — after they thought bosses would U-turn and allow them to return despite it going against the show’s own hardened-up rules which stated a positive test meant immediate — and permanent — expulsion.

Joe and Vanessa had to quarantine together for 10 days

Joe and Vanessa formed a strong bond on the show

Fans were gutted they were no longer allowed to compete

Fans were gutted they were no longer allowed to compete

A source told us at the time: “Everyone was expecting them to return.

“When the idea was first mooted everyone thought producers were just being polite. But clearly they always wanted this to happen.

“Joe and Vanessa are absolutely gutted. They had no ill-effects of being positive for COVID-19, so have been keeping fit and healthy in the confines of their hotel walls while they were isolating. But ultimately the producers have to uphold the integrity of the show and felt inviting them back could really upset the apple cart.”

The final this weekend will see Faye Brookes go head to head with Colin Jackson and Sonny Jay.

But it looks like Joe could be making a surprise return alongside everyone else who left the show.