Torvill and Dean say James Jordan was ‘very weak’ skater amid Dancing On Ice ‘fix’ claims

Dancing on Ice: Bez is eliminated in musicals week

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Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean have admitted they are “bored” of the narrative that ITV show Dancing On Ice is “fixed”. They went on to insist that 2019 winner James Jordan’s skating skills were “very weak” at the start of the show.

Dancing On Ice judges Jayne, 64, and Chris, 63, have been left rolling their eyes at the latest bout of accusations that their show is “fixed”.

Some viewers have been complaining that some contestants on the popular ITV skating competition have an unfair advantage due to being professionally trained dancers. 

A lot of these comments were directed towards Brendan Cole, who was the first professional dancer to ever win Strictly Come Dancing with Natasha Kaplinsky back in 2004.

However, the judges have insisted that Brendan’s former Strictly contemporary, James Jordan, was a “very weak” skater before he went on to win the show in 2019. 

With reference to the ongoing “fix” rumours, Jayne told The Sun: “We’re used to it, aren’t we, Chris really?”

They added that they were “bored” of the accusations 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 offered up 2019’s winner James as an example, 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.” 

These comments come after Happy Mondays star Bez, 57, admitted contestants with dance experience do have an advantage after he was voted out of the show.

The star left the ITV show two weeks ago after losing in a skate-off against Coronation Street’s Sally Dynevor. 

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. 

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“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.


Last week, Brendan and Pussycat Doll Kimberly Wyatt topped the leaderboard once again.

Meanwhile, Sally was sent home after a dance off with her professional partner Matt Evers against BMX racer Kye Whyte and partner Tippy Packard.

Dancing On Ice returns to ITV tomorrow night at 6:30pm.

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