Ben, 33, was was one four celebrity Dancing on Ice contestants taking part in this evening’s semi-final, performing alongside professional skater, Carlotta Edwards, 29. The remaining couples were tasked by the judges with taking on two routines tonight, with both scores combined to give an overall total. However, following his second performance, ITV viewers were in uproar as they believed he should have received at least one 10.
Before Ben took to the ice for the second time, Paralympian Libby Clegg, 29, and her dancing partner Mark Hanretty, 34, took to the ice to perform a routine which had a personal connection to them.
Prior to the emotional performance, she was at the top of the leaderboard after receiving two 10s from the panel for her first outing on the ice tonight.
The high marks didn’t stop there as she went on to receive yet more 10s later on, but once the magician took to the ice, the judges highest scores were nowhere to be seen.
With an average of 9.5 awarded by the panel for a routine viewers believed deserved better, they took to social media to voice their outrage.
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Taking to Twitter, one posted: “That’s it the scoring sucks tonight definitely fixed. Refuse to be part of this pantomime #tata #DancingOnIce.”
Another added: “What the hell is going on with the #DancingOnIce judges. Exactly what do they expect of @benhanlin and @carlottamarie sorry this is fixed.
“Absolutely brilliant amazing content and marked down. It’s ok for others to do simpler routines and barely any lifts and get marked higher!”
Whilst a third commented: “I’m sorry but Libby’s dance was not better than Bens and it wasn’t a 10! She’s amazing at what she achieves but she’s soooo over marked! #DancingOnIce.” [sic].
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A fourth wrote: “I’m sorry but the scores continue to be inconsistent. Ben’s fast moving high energy routine warranted 9.5s across the board but just two of them.
“Their routine felt better than it was #DancingOnIce.”
“Think they worked out the scores before contestants skated & they’re sticking with them…#dancingonice,” a fifth opined.
However, this is only the opinions of viewers, with judges making their final decisions during the live show.
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Despite the scores only being points off full marks, the panel did praise Ben and Carlotta for their second performance.
Head judge Christopher Dean, 61, said: “That had everything but the kitchen sink in it and again, you are trying new moves.”
Addressing some of the reasons a 10 was not awarded, the former professional ice skater added: “There were the little stumbles we saw.”
After stating the result could have been a full score, the panellist continued: “I saw it in practice and everything came together. Tonight, just a little bit off.”
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Unfortunately, both Ben and Libby ended up in the bottom two as Perri Kiely, 24, and Joe Swash, 38, made it through to the final.
For the magician, it was time to bid farewell to the competition as a majority of the judges decided to save the Paralympian.
Praising his partner, Ben told Carlotta: “You were given an idiot on day one and I’m going to miss skating with you every day.”
The magician’s dancing partner added: “I’ve been a professional skater for 13 years and my experience with Ben has been the highlight of my career.”
Dancing on Ice concludes Sunday at 6pm on ITV.
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