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Dancing On Ice star hits back at 'fix' claims but admits former dancer is his 'favourite'

DANCING on Ice creative director Dan Whiston has hit out at claims the show is fixed – insisting who goes is down to the public.

Paralympian Stef Reid was the latest star to be eliminated from the controversial competition, following a skate-off against Kye Whyte.


But Dan told OK! magazine: "The fix claims are simply not true.

"Ultimately it's down to the public. If you want to save your favourite then vote for them."

He added: "All the skaters have worked so hard, it's not easy to put blades on your feet and skate out on live on TV each week. I take my hat off to all who take part.

"It's always a shame when you hear about the negative comments as it's just not true."

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In common with most reality shows, the ITV programme has been plagued with accusations that the judging and scoring is fixed.

With some viewers believing contestants with previous dance experience, like Pussycat Doll Kimberly Wyatt, Regan Gascoigne and Brendan Cole, are among the judges' favourites.

Fans of the show were unimpressed to see former Strictly Come Dancing professional Brendan once again kick off the show, saying it gave him an "advantage".

He went on to gain his second perfect score of 40 on the series.

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Despite the claims, Dan went on to admit Kimberly's performance on the ice was among his favourites.

He mused: "It's really hard to pick one routine as a favourite. People have worked so hard! Having said that I did really enjoy Connor's routine with the ship in his pirate attire.

"To be honest though it's very hard to pinpoint one, as the content has been fantastic and it's been a bigger and better show than ever before. It's been amazing to be a part of that creative process.

"Kimberley did her upside down inverted split and you think what next? But the thing with the show is there will be something next, because we have to find it."

ICY DEBATE

Meanwhile some viewers have rallied behind Connor Ball who they think keeps getting under marked by the judges.

The Vamps star, 25, has fast become a fan favourite not only for his stoicism in the face of ongoing injuries, but also for his skills on the ice.

But despite his efforts, some believe he's suffering for being a non-dancer.

Happy Monday's Bez, 57, recently gave his opinion on the debate and told The Sun: "For everybody, we're all in the same boat. Everyone has to learn how to skate and that is such a hard skill to learn.

"You've got to give everyone credit for it. To do it on ice, it's such a difficult skill.

“Being a dancer will make your skating appear really graceful and beautiful.


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“But they've all started off in the same boat and they all have the work and I think it's not fair to criticise people because they have got dance skills.”

Dancing On Ice, Sunday, ITV, 7.30pm.

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