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Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean say they are 'bored' of narrative that Dancing On Ice is fixed


Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean say they are ‘bored’ of the narrative that Dancing On Ice is fixed and claim 2019 winner James Jordan’s skating skills were ‘very weak’


Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean have said they are ‘bored’ of the narrative that Dancing On Ice is fixed.

Viewers have been complaining that some of the contestants on this year’s skating competition have an unfair advantage due to their extensive dance training, including Brendan Cole who was a professional on Strictly. 

But judges Jayne, 64, and Chris, 63, claimed ballroom dancer and 2019 winner James Jordan’s skating skills were ‘very weak’ at the start of the show. 

Fix? Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean have said they are 'bored' of the narrative that Dancing On Ice is fixed (pictured at the 1984 Winter Olympics)

Fix? Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean have said they are ‘bored’ of the narrative that Dancing On Ice is fixed (pictured at the 1984 Winter Olympics)

Asked about the accusations, Jayne told The Sun: ‘We’re used to it, aren’t we, Chris really?’

They added that they were ‘bored’ of the narrative and Chris said: ‘We’re just judging what we see. But the majority of the time, it’s the viewers at home that are voting to keep people in.’

The Olympic legends then pointed to 2019 contest James with Jayne saying: ‘James Jordan, we were very excited that he was doing it.

‘But his actual skating skills at the beginning were really very weak, very poor, and it was only the fact that he went away and worked really hard that moved him on.’ 

Professional: Judges Jayne, 64, and Chris, 63, claimed ballroom dancer and 2019 winner James Jordan's (pictured) skating skills were 'very weak' at the start of the show

Professional: Judges Jayne, 64, and Chris, 63, claimed ballroom dancer and 2019 winner James Jordan’s (pictured) skating skills were ‘very weak’ at the start of the show

It comes after Bez broke his silence on the fix row overshadowing the ITV show to say that contestants with dance experience do have an advantage.

Happy Mondays star Bez, 57, – who left the competition two weeks ago after being in the skate-off against Sally Dynevor –  said that being a dancer will make your skating ‘really graceful and beautiful’.  

He 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. 

Having his say: Bez broke his silence on the fix row overshadowing the ITV show to say that contestants with dance experience do have an advantage

Having his say: Bez broke his silence on the fix row overshadowing the ITV show to say that contestants with dance experience do have an advantage

‘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.

‘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.’ 

Bye: Happy Mondays star Bez, 57, left the competition two weeks ago after being in the skate-off against Sally Dynevor

Bye: Happy Mondays star Bez, 57, left the competition two weeks ago after being in the skate-off against Sally Dynevor

Bez also told the publication that he knew he would be eliminated when he ended up in the dance off, saying he ‘wasn’t surprised’ by the decision and that he had been ‘expecting it from day one’.  

Fans were split over the judges’ decision to send Bez home and took to Twitter to say it could be a ‘fix’ as Corrie’s Sally was an ITV star.

One said: ‘Don’t forget people. Sally works for ITV. Dancing on Ice is screened by ITV. Need I say more.’

Soap legend: Fans were split over the judges' decision to send Bez home and took to Twitter to say it could be a 'fix' as Corrie's Sally was an ITV star

Soap legend: Fans were split over the judges’ decision to send Bez home and took to Twitter to say it could be a ‘fix’ as Corrie’s Sally was an ITV star

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