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Holly Willoughby stuns in sunkissed selfie as she basks outdoors ahead of Dancing On Ice return

HOLLY Willoughby showed off her natural beauty with a stunning sunkissed selfie today ahead of her return to Dancing On Ice.

The presenter, 40, took some time outdoors to recharge her batteries on a beautiful spring day.

She closed her eyes and tilted her head back, although it wasn't hot enough to ditch her coat.

"On charge... 🌞," wrote Holly.

Her presenter pal Jake Humphrey commented: "Savour it Hols. Love to the family xxx❤️."

One fan wrote: "Total recharge all our batteries Vitamin D happy sunshine rays Holly ❤️🙌👏."

Another asked: "Hi Holly, Your skin is looking beautiful and soft. What face cream do you use? Xx"

Holly is back to work on Dancing On Ice tomorrow night after ITV postponed last week's show in light of its injury crisis.

Yesterday we revealed Joe-Warren Plant and Vanessa Bauer will NOT return this weekend.

The duo, once favourites to win the ITV show, have been told that their place will not be reinstated after getting the boot after both testing positive for coronavirus. 

The shock decision has left the two stars gutted — after they thought bosses would U-turn and allow them to return despite it going against the show’s own hardened-up rules which stated a positive test meant immediate — and permanent — expulsion.

The move will please both previous contestants who have been forced out of the competition with injuries or coronavirus, and the remaining celebrities who will not have to take on the duo. 

The Sun’s news that they were being lined up for a return started a favouritism row — with cast and crew left feeling it was at odds with previous decisions. 

A source said: “Everyone was expecting them to return.

“When the idea was first mooted everyone thought producers were just being polite. But clearly they always wanted this to happen.

“Joe and Vanessa are absolutely gutted. They had no ill-effects of being positive for COVID-19, so have been keeping fit and healthy in the confines of their hotel walls while they were isolating. But ultimately the producers have to uphold the integrity of the show and felt inviting them back could really upset the apple cart.” 

Bosses had not extended the invite to any of the other celebrities who have had to withdraw from the contest due to injury or Covid.

Insiders say Emmerdale actor Joe, 18, and Vanessa, 24, were only in the mix to return because they only missed one week due to their Covid diagnoses. 

Rufus Hound, 41, who had Covid, Billie Shepherd, 31, and Denise Van Outen, 46, who were both injured, all had at least two weeks off.

Jason Donovan, 52, also quit this week due to a back injury he could not shake off. 

The Sun revealed exclusively how the show’s producers had to pause filming for the first time — meaning no show aired last Sunday. 

They took the unprecedented decision because of a spate of injuries and positive Covid-19 tests, leaving them with too few celebrities to fill the two-hour slot and no reserve skaters for the first time in the show’s history.

Reserves Olympian Amy Tinkler, 21, and comedian Matt Richardson, 29, both had to be called upon, but were then voted off. 

Holly Willoughby warns Phillip Schofield she will 'lick his face' on first This Morning once social distancing ends

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