Jason Gardiner is to return to 'Dancing On Ice'.

The Australian choreographer - famed for his harsh put-downs - was dropped from the show last year when bosses made a number of changes, but he is reportedly in final talks to join head judge Robin Cousins back on the panel.

Louie Spence is also expected to return and show bosses are planning to return to a four-judge panel as they are also hunting for a female star to replace departing Katerina Witt.

A source told The Sun newspaper: "Jason is coming back and is excited. He's missed being on the show.

"But his return will not necessarily mean that Louie gets the shove. He and Jason are great pals and have very different approaches to judging.

"The show could do with a boost because ratings this year were massively down on the previous series. Whether Jason can save the show is anyone's guess but he will certainly bring back the controversy."

Celebs already signed up for the next series include Pamela Anderson, former rugby player Gareth Thomas, 'The Only Way Is Essex' star Lauren Goodger and 'Coronation Street' actress Samia Ghadie.