Dancing on Ice judge John Barrowman has encouraged viewers ‘to vote’ after Lady Leshurr landed in the first skate-off of the series.
During Sunday’s launch show, the rapper performed an uptempo routine with sance partner BrendynHatfield to Little Mix’s hit song Salute.
Despite the positive feedback she received from the judges, being placed joint top of the leaderboard, it was announced after a public vote that she and her dance partner Brendyn Hatfield will take part in next week’s skate-off.
Comedian and actor Rufus Hound, who received the second-lowest score, was also awarded the coveted Golden Ticket from the judges.
Some viewers were unhappy with the outcome, with many branding the fact Lady Leshurr was in the skate-off and that Rufus was saved ‘a fix’.
Speaking to Metro.co.uk and other press about the Lady Leshurr being put in the skate-off, John explained that if viewers want their favourite celebs to stay in the competition, then they need to vote.
‘I don’t know if they voted or not,’ he told us. ‘If they didn’t vote and they’re just chatting on Twitter, then please.
‘I know you have a right to your opinion but if you really want her (Lady Leshurr) to stay in the competition, then get on and vote.
‘We’ve never had a rapper on Dancing on Ice, it’s something different that people have never seen before.
‘She rapped she skated, it was interesting and it was awesome.’
‘People are just moaning about it,’ he added. ‘It’s just unfortunate.
‘We had so many skaters at a certain level and she ended up in the bottom two because there weren’t the votes, so vote.’
Following Sunday’s show, Lady Leshurr defended the judges’ decision to put her in the skate-off as she admitted the other stars are ‘more dedicated to this’.
‘Listen, I’ve got to be 100% honest with myself,’ she began in an Instagram live video.
‘I can see and I have noticed that a lot of the other celebs are so much more passionate and focussed and dedicated to this.
‘When I am seeing that comment and I am seeing it quite a lot, you guys don’t understand how much effort and time goes into this.
‘Imagine, everyone is doing everything I am doing but they are going in even more.’
Dancing on Ice airs on Sunday at 6pm on ITV.
Credit: Original article published here.