Dancing On Ice stars defend Golden Ticket twist after backlash over voting – Mirror Online

Some Dancing On Ice fans weren’t happy about the new Golden Ticket twist, that allows the judges to send a contestant straight through to the next show.

Rufus Hound was the first winner of the new element brought in for the latest series, leaving him stunned.

While many viewers agreed with the decision, some claimed it should have gone to a better skater or one of the pairings with the highest scores.

There were four couples higher than him on the leaderboard, including Lady Leshurr who was later confirmed for the skate-off after receiving the fewest public votes.

Now, speaking to The Mirror, judges Ashley Banjo and John Barrowman have defended the new twist – and the decision not to hand it to the obvious contestants.

Dancing on Ice 2021 John Barrowman

John Barrowman revealed why the new Dancing On Ice element was good for the show
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The pair also shared their surprise about Lady Leshurr getting the lowest amount of votes, with Ashley not in agreement with her being in the bottom two.

John said: “I know people are ranting and raving about it saying we’re late to the game with it, but it’s not late to the game for Dancing On Ice, it’s the first time we’re doing it, it’s new!

“It allows us that if there is a skater who is good and we want to save them, and they might be in a position where we need to save them as someone who is not as good is getting way more votes, it allows us to play that game and I think it’s important.”

Rufus Hound

Rufus Hound was the first winner of the new element
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Addressing the result on Sunday, he went on: “First off I think the people chatting on Twitter, I wanna know if they voted or not.

“If they didn’t vote then please, you have a right to an opinion, but if you really want her to stay in the competition then vote.

“We’ve never had a rapper on Dancing On Ice, it is something different that people have never seen before. She rapped, she skated and it was interesting and awesome.

Lady Leshurr

Lady Leshurr is one of the bottom two
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“It’s just unfortunate that we have so many skaters at a certain level, and she ended up in the bottom two because there was not the votes.”

Ashley confessed he believe the vote was the wrong decision, praising her performance as one of the best.

He said: “Let’s be honest it wasn’t to everybody’s taste, so she definitely wasn’t the worst skater of the night, and in terms of performance and the general entertainment factor she was up there at the top if not the top.

“The fact she was in the skate-off, you can take from that what you will in terms of what it says about the vote but I don’t think she deserves to be in the bottom two in my opinion.”

Dancing On Ice airs Sundays at 6pm on ITV.

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