Dancing On Ice’s Jayne Torvill has defended her ‘harsh’ critiques of this year’s contestants, saying that ‘there’s a lot of improving to be done’.
The skater and judge has come in for criticism on social media from some viewers for her low scores, having awarded Jason Donovan and professional partner Alexandra Schauman just 5.5 last weekend.
The 63-year-old star stands by her calls on the current series, despite being booed by the virtual audience on a number of occasions.
Speaking to The Mirror, Jayne said: ‘I know some of my marks were lower than the others, which is unusual, but it was just my personal feeling.
‘We’ve got a long way to go in the competition so there’s a lot of improving to be done going forward. So you can’t give too much of a higher mark to everybody because they need to earn it.’
Fellow judge Christopher Dean also defended the judges’ decision to send home Graham Bell after the second skate-off of the series.
‘I would like to say we’ve skated all our lives, we’ve got a couple of medals behind us and we’ve done a lot of Dancing on Ice, and that was our opinion,’ he said. ‘And so if you wanted an expert opinion, that was an expert’s opinion.’
Jayne, Christoper and their fellow judges Ashley Banjo and John Barrowman will send another celebrity home on Sunday night, following a string of enforced celebrity exits.
Rufus Hound was forced to drop out following a positive coronavirus test, but will return to skate one final time.
Meanwhile, Billie Shepherd has also left after suffering an injury in training, after Denise Van Outen has been forced to drop out after injuring her shoulder.
Replacement Matt Richardson’s training has already taken a turn for the worse as he was sent home with ‘concussion and a black eye’.
Dancing on Ice continues Sunday at 6pm on ITV.
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