Dancing On Ice stars 'refuse to stay at budget Holiday Inn forcing bosses to splash out [pounds sterling]100k on luxury hotel'; One of the professional skaters moaned so much he was eventually given a rented home near the studios.
It is only week two but Dancing On Ice stars are proving to be quite the handful.
Contestants fed up with their "no frills" budget hotel near the studio forced producers to splash out [pounds sterling]100k on luxury digs.
Professional skater Matt Evers, who partners lipstick loving Bake Off queen Candice Brown, was so outraged by his Holiday Inn room bosses have plumped for a rented house for the US star.
The show is recorded at RAF Bovingdon, which is just under three miles from Hemel Hempstead.
Because the Sunday night show demands a day of rehearsals, the celebrities, including Coronation Street star Brooke Vincent and Hollyoaks actress Stephanie Waring, must stay overnight.
It is thought the cast and crew were put up in the Holiday Inn in Hemsel Hempstead, just four miles from the studio, and, at [pounds sterling]61 a night, was less of a strain on ITV's purse strings.
But the no frills rooms didn't cut the ice with the stars and sources say bosses were left with no choice but to plump for a stay at the 4 star luxury country De Vere estate in Buckinghamshire.
Rooms at the estate go from [pounds sterling]130 a night and the show has made a booking for 10 weeks, costing ITV over [pounds sterling]100,000. With sprawling grounds and a spa the hotel is a far cry from the Holiday Inn overlooking the M1.
The estate boasts a luxury bar and pool as well as an excellent dinner menu.
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And it appears the new quarters are a hit with the celebrities, with Brooke sharing a video of her luxury room on her Instagram story.
The show, previously shot at Shepperton studio, is being filmed for the first time at the RAF airfield at Bovingdon. It has been used for a host of TV shows and films, including recent Brad Pitt film Fury, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, and Fast and Furious 6.
An ITV spokesman said: "It will be a temporary build holding two rinks -- one for training and one for the live weekend show."
This years show includes Bucks Fizz star Cheryl Baker, Love Island winnerKem Cetinay, Scottish rugby player Max Evans, singer Lemar, actress Donna Air, weatherman Alex Beresford, actor Antony Cotton, athlete Perri Shakes-Drayton - Track athlete and singer Jake Quickenden.
Mirror Online have approached Dancing On Ice for comment.
Candice and partner Matt - who didn't really like the hotel
Celebs can now rest up with luxury rooms with a view of the sprawling grounds
The cast and crew are now in the lap of luxury
It is thought the celebs were staying in a no frill Holiday Inn (pictured, one of the possibilities in Hemel Hemstead)
And relax! Celebs can stretch out on leather sofas in their rooms
Or grab some food in the kitchen diner
Sylvain and Steph are no longer living near the M1
Brooke is happy!
Holly Willoughby wore a plunging Grecian dress for Dancing On Ice rehearsals
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|Date:||Jan 13, 2018|
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