'Dancing on Ice' bosses are determined to complete the current series.

Rufus Hound

Rufus Hound

ITV has already lost four celebrities - Joe-Warren Plant, Billie Shepherd, Denise Van Outen and Rufus Hound - from this year's series due to injuries and COVID-19, but the team behind the programme are insisting "the show will go on".

A source told The Sun newspaper: "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."

Rufus Hound's exit from the show was confirmed earlier this month.

The 41-year-old comedian had already spent two weeks in isolation after getting a Test and Trace notification, and he then tested positive for coronavirus, meaning he was forced to withdraw from the series.

At the time, an ITV spokesperson said: "Following a positive test result, Rufus Hound is unable to return to 'Dancing On Ice' this weekend.

"Although Rufus and his partner Robin’s time on the ice has been all too brief, they can be truly proud of their achievements.

"We thank them for all their hard work and commitment to the show."

Meanwhile, Billie Shepherd was forced to quit the show after suffering a concussion in training.

The 31-year-old star admitted on social media that she was gutted to be leaving the series so soon.

Billie - who was paired with Mark Hanretty - said on Instagram: "I am so so sad that our @dancingonice journey has come to an end after an accident in rehearsals on Friday causing me a head injury, forcing us out of the competition

"@markhanretty A true friend for life, you have been the most incredible partner throughout all of this, I mean you taught me to skate for one (sic)"