ITV’s Dancing on Ice has been met with allegations from fans that the show is “fixed” after Coronation Street’s Sally Dynevor and Happy Mondays’ Bez survived the competition for weeks
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Dancing on Ice’s Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean have addressed the ‘fix’ rumors circulating this series of the ITV ice skating show.
The head judges, who sit on the judging panel alongside Ashley Banjo and Oti Mabuse, were quick to brush aside speculation that surfaced after Coronation Street’s Sally Dynevor and Happy Mondays’ Bez survived the competition for weeks.
The fan-favorites returned to skate week after week while “better” skaters were sent home, leaving Dancing on Ice fans to speculate if the show was “fixed.”
However, the Olympic skating duo denied the claims in a recent interview, in which Jayne explained that they were “used” to the allegations and both were “bored” hearing them while judging the annual skating competition.
Christopher tells The sun: “There’s a kind of fascination with entertaining characters like Bez that every show has, and it’s all about how long they last. Finally, the audience decides how long it will last.
“Bez did really well, he wanted to do his best and there was a lot of production and a lot of entertainment value.
“We only judge what we see, but more often than not it’s the viewers at home who vote for people to stay inside.”
The votes counted by the spectators contribute half to the skating couple’s total score, and the judges’ judgment accounts for the other half.
Torvill and Dean went on to address the other issue circling the show, namely that of contestants from dance or performing arts backgrounds having an unfair advantage over their competitors on the ice.
Among the contestants who have come under fire from fans this year for having the upper hand are Kimberly Wyatt, a former Pussycat Doll and professional dancer, and Brendan Cole, a former Strictly Come Dancing star and ballroom pro.
Meanwhile, Regan Gascoigne, the son of Paul Gascoigne and one of the favorites for the Dancing On Ice trophy, has also been dancing professionally for years and was part of the Hammond Ballet School growing up.
Christopher and Jayne, in response, noted that former Strictly Come Dancing pro James Jordan was “very weak, very poor” at the start of his run on the ITV show in 2019 and that was only down to his “hard work.” “ attributed he got to the final.
Dancing On Ice continues on Sunday at 6.30pm on ITV
https://www.mirror.co.uk/tv/tv-news/dancing-ices-jayne-torvill-christopher-26392074 Dancing on Ice's Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean slam 'fix' allegations on ITV show