John Barrowman defends Joe Swash’s Dancing on Ice win but predicted ‘upset’

Dancing on Ice judge John Barrowman has revealed why he thinks Joe Swash won the show, amid "upset" from some viewers.

He defended the "surprise" win, admitting no one expected Perri Kiely to be beaten in the live final on ITV.

Speaking on Good Morning Britain on Wednesday, John revealed he had predicted there could be a shock hours before the winner was announced.

Several viewers had hit out at the win, claiming Perri was robbed – as others were happy for Joe.

John defended the surprise win though, while suggesting it was all down to the people who were watching.


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He told hosts Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid: "It was a bit of a surprise for all of us.

"I did say before the show started to my mates, 'I think there might be an upset tonight'."

John explained: "The reason being, Perri was a great skater from the beginning to the end, there was a small journey within his skate.

"Joe's journey was massive. The audience loves to see a journey and a story.

"However, Perri's audience I don't think voted at that time, they're more watching it on catch up.

"Joe's audience was an audience that watches it, gets involved right away and that is why it pushed him ahead."

Perri also spoke out this week about the backlash from some viewers who suggested it was "fixed" and that the Diversity star was "robbed".

He said on Instagram : "I'm getting loads of messages saying 'gutted you didn't win' and stuff.

"I know it sounds super cheesy and of 'course you're going to say that' but I feel like I've achieved all I wanted to and more.

"When I first got asked to do the show I wanted to push myself as much as I could and do stuff that's never been done on the ice before.

"And also Joe… Alex… You guys are like… you guys are just sick. Honestly, I've made friends for life. Joe you are an absolute legend."

Good Morning Britain airs weekdays at 6am on ITV.

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