John Barrowman has revealed that Rufus Hound almost didn't get his 'Golden Ticket' vote.

The Dancing On Ice star returned to the ITV programme's judging panel on Sunday night alongside Ashley Banjo, Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean.

The first six of 12 celebrities lined-up for the show - including Rufus, Denise Van-Outen and Joe-Warren Plant - skated in the opening show with the remaining six taking to the ice this weekend.

Actor and comedian Rufus got the first ever 'Golden Ticket' which means he is straight through to Musicals Week.

The new addition to the competition will see a celebrity and their ice skating partner automatically through to the next week of the competition and avoid the risk of the dreaded skate-off.

"Ashely can back me up on this," John began in a joint interview ahead of week two.

Rufus Hound got the very first 'Golden Ticket'

"Ashley and I look at each other and we might chit chat during commercial breaks, and I was going to vote for somebody else and I changed my mind at the last minute.

"Because, as a judge I thought about it in a strategic manner of what I'd want to see the following week and also based on who I thought was going to do well and would be good....

"Without pointing fingers at anybody, we knew who I was going to vote for, I wanted to make sure that person really was a good skater and wasn't relying on something else.

"So I changed my mind right at the last minute."

Ashley and John on the judging panel

He later said that Rufus is the "dark horse" of the competition before potentially hinting at who he was going to give his 'Golden Ticket' vote to.

"I think Rufus is that one that people would have thought he's not going to be very good and he turned out and blew us away because he also did creative stuff and was fun and quirky."

John added: "The person who we thought was awesome, I saw some of his online stuff and watching, but he fell.

"You can't predict any of that kind of stuff."

Emmerdale actor Joe-Warren dropped to the ice during his debut performance on Sunday night.

But he did so with a laugh and a smile and got straight back up to finish the routine.