Dancing on Ice’s biggest scandals from ‘fix’ claims to Ofcom complaints as final is delayed

DANCING On Ice is the winter show that has kept fans hooked on its drama both on and off the screens since it launched on ITV in 2006.

Fearless celebs take to the ice each year to dazzle the audience with their brave efforts – but sometimes more drama happens off the ice.

Although the show has been praised for its entertainment value, Dancing on Ice has often been plagued with fix rumours too.

Fans have also questioned whether it is a popularity contest as certain celebs stay in longer than expected.

Here The Sun looks at the most memorable scandals ahead of the finals next week.

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Fans have screamed it was a 'fix' that three of the finalists for next week come from professional dance backgrounds.

Viewers have been blown away by the talents of Kimberley Wyatt, who isfrom chart-topping dance band The Pussycat Dolls.

Regan Gascoigne also dances for a living.

Perhaps the star that has dealt with most of the 'fix claims' is Brendan Cole.

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The former Strictly Come Dancing star has dazzled from the get-go, with several fans claiming he had an unfair advantage.

Brendan hit back at this and said: "I think everybody’s got their own strength and weakness.

"And you can’t compare apples with pears. Yes, I find it easy to pick up choreography because it’s something I’ve done for many years, whereas somebody else may struggle.

"There’s definitely a competition within a competition for the ones that have dance experience, of which there are a few."

Dancer James Jordan also did very well in 2019, and fans thought

Perri Kiely also had a slight advantage in 2020 with his dancing background.

Popularity contest

Despite their obvious entertainment credentials, fans thought certain celebs stayed in longer than they should have.

They questioned how Gemma Collins remained in the show after she came crashing down on the ice – a moment that almost broke the internet.

Reflecting on the tumble in 2018, Gemma said at the time: "I remember thinking, 'I'm nearly at the end, I haven't fallen yet, this is a miracle, maybe I'll stay in for one more week.

"I got so excited, I just went too over the top with my movement, which you're not allowed to do in ice skating and my toe pick got caught – and bang."

She continued: "I thought I was dead. I literally thought I was dead."

Happy Monday's rocker Bez also split the audience with several tuning in just to see his comedy performances this year.

Others rejoiced when he was finally axed.

The Nineties legend became the fifth star to leave the ITV show after losing in the skate-off to Coronation Street’s Sally Dynevor.

Some viewers called it a fix that he survived so long since he could barely stand up on the ice.

Others claimed judges Oti Mabuse, Ashley Banjo, Jane Torvill and Christopher Dean chose to save the actress as she worked for the same channel.

But Bez, 57, reckons only one breed of celebrity has a boost – and that’s dancers. 

He said: “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.

“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.”

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