The Dancing On Ice judges were in hot water with fans after they announced their results to BMX racer Kye Whyte.
Paired with professional ice skater Tippy Packard, the Olympic champion, 22, offered a hugely unique twist to their performance.
The Tokyo 2020 medal-winner soared onto the ice on his BMX as sparks appeared behind him, marking an incredible entrance for the young Olympian.
Following the pyrotechnics, Kye and Tippy put on a fiery display on the ice, skating to the absolute banger that is Bonkers by Dizzee Rascal.
But despite the explosive entrance and routine, which required Kye to confidently swing Tippy and jump around the ice as though he was a professional rather than a first-timer, it wasn’t quite enough to impress the panel.
As the judges – Ashley Banjo, Jayne Torvill, Christopher Dean and Oti Mabuse – gave their results, some in the audience could be heard voicing their disagreement in the form of loud boos.
They were awarded a very respectable 24.0 in total, but some fans believed their performance deserved a little more love.
Taking to Twitter, one fan wrote: ‘I think Kye’s routine deserved more like I loved the energy and the dancing??’ while another said: ‘Kye and Tippy… That was insane!!!’
Another even said watching the pair was ‘better than watching pro dancers compete’.
However, others believed the points given to Kye and Tippy were too generous – and suggested the audience could be booing as they did not deserve points that high.
Plenty were impressed by Kye’s unique entrance in bringing his talents in the Olympics to the ice rink, with one viewer writing: ‘Oh Wow! Kye rode his bike onto the ice whilst wearing ice skates – Go Kye!!!’
‘Who knew you could ride a bmx on ice and not fall over [sic],’ an impressed fan wrote, while a follower said they were ‘still impressed by the whole riding a bmx onto the ice while wearing ice skates’.
Bizarrely enough, one tweet from 11 years ago appears to have predicted the entire performance, as they suggested in January 2011 that Dancing On Ice should ‘add something like fire or a bmx [sic]’.
Despite their middle-of-the-road debut, Kye and Tippy cannot be ruled out as tough contenders in the future, with many believing the Olympian has massive potential.
The pair were voted safe by the public to stay on for future shows – meaning we certainly haven’t seen the last of them.
Elsewhere on Sunday’s show, Brendan Cole was praised by judge Chris, who called his routine ‘the best first opening performance I’ve seen from a celebrity in all 14 seasons’.
Dancing On Ice airs on Sundays at 6.30pm and is available to watch on ITV and ITV Hub.
Credit: Original article published here.