TV host Denise Van Outen has welcomed her Dancing On Ice pro partner Matt Evers into her home in a move by the TV show to create 'mini bubbles' and to prevent either of them bringing in the corona virus and infecting the other.

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The move is not new to the reality TV scene with Strictly Come Dancing producers opting to put professional dancers and their celebrity partners up in hotels.

Evers will be upping sticks to Chelmsford to move in with Van Outen's Celebrity Gogglebox star partner Eddie Boxshall and her daughter Betsy.

The former Strictly 2012 runner up told OK Magazine: "I adore Matt, I'm so happy. Before I knew who my partner was, I'd already said that if it comes to it, whoever I get partnered with could lockdown with me and stay in our spare room. I'm very happy."

"I don't think people understand and appreciate how hard it is," she admitted. "I've got to work on my balance. I'm one of those people who has a penguin [skating aid] to keep me upright when I go ice-skating.

Matt Evers made history last season when he was partnered with Ian 'H from Steps' Watkins as the first same-sex duo to compete on a dance show.

Last season the show had a large Irish following with Love Island contestant Maura Higgins and Irish capped footballer Kevin Kilbane flying the flag for Ireland.

Dancing on Ice is expected to return to ITV in 2021.