Dancing On Ice 2021 judge Ashley Banjo has criticised the ‘tough’ score fellow judge Christopher Dean gave to newcomer Matt Richardson following his first performance.
Earlier this week, it was announced that comedian and actor Rufus Hound had dropped out of the competition after testing positive for coronavirus.
He was replaced by comedian and TV presenter Matt, who was partnered with professional skater Vicky Ogden.
For his first dance on the ice, Matt and Vicky took on the Paso Doble for Dance Week, bringing the drama with a routine set to Somebody Told Me by The Killers.
Matt and Vicky achieved 23.5 out of a possible 40, with Ashley awarding them a 6, John Barrowman a 6.5 and Jayne Torvill a 6.
However, Christopher gave them a score of 5, which Ashley thought was a little bit harsh.
When Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield turned to Ashley for his verdict on the performance, he said: ‘Really quick – I’m no Olympian, but 5 seems a little tough Chris. I’m just saying, it seems a little tough.’
While Christopher stood by his score, Ashley added to Matt and Vicky: ‘For your first show, I think you did a great job.’
He said that while he wanted ‘more Paso Doble’ and ‘more energy’ from their routine, he’s looking forward to seeing what else the couple have in store in the competition.
One fan agreed with Ashley’s view on Christopher’s score, tweeting: ‘I thought Matt was pretty good considering. Harsh Chris harsh.’
‘Wow well done Matt Richardson, would never have known that was his 1st dance!’ another remarked.
When footage was shown of Matt and Vicky in training, it was revealed that Matt shared a video call with Rufus, who gave him some advice about competing on Dancing On Ice.
‘I think if I had to give any simple word of advice, it would be… be really good,’ Rufus said, prompting Matt to burst out laughing.
Easier said than done Rufus!
Dancing On Ice airs on Sundays at 6pm on ITV.
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