Dancing on Ice stars hit back at ‘fix’ claims that all three finalists are dancers

This year’s Dancing on Ice finalists, Brendan Cole, Kimberly Wyatt and Regan Gascoigne, have hit back at claims the ITV show is “fixed” as they all have previous dance experience.

The trio, who will skate to impress the ice panel including Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean in the grand final on Sunday 27 March, have all carved out careers as dancers.

However, speaking to OK! and other press outlets on the countdown to their last performances, the finalists insisted that it doesn’t mean that they would be natural ice skaters.

Asked how they would each respond to the claims, former Strictly Come Dancing professional Brendan Cole replied: “Nothing. I think the fact we’ve got a dance background has only improved things on the ice.”

Brendan, 45, continued: “There’s stuff that we’ve been able to do because of what our background is, and the fact we push each other because we’re all in that boat, so it’s been really special.

“I’ve loved the push, I’ve loved the challenge, I’ve loved creating new stuff that I probably wouldn’t have done if they hadn't been there, as you’d just go about your business.

“People are always going to complain – that’s the nature of humans as we exist today. All we’ve got to do is try and be our best selves out there and hope for the best.”

Pussycat Doll star Kimberly agreed, saying: “We’ll never change their mind!”

This comes after ice skating legends Torvill and Dean addressed similar claims, saying that the show is totally in the viewers’ hands.

Former The Masked Singer contestant Chris explained: “There's a sort of fascination for entertainment factor characters like Bez, who every show has, and it's just about how long they sustain.”

“And, eventually the audience decides, don't they, how long it's going to last.”

The 63 year old continued to The Sun: “We're just judging what we see, but the majority of the time, it's the viewers at home that are voting to keep people in.”

Jayne was also in agreement, using previous show winner James Jordan as an example of someone who had a dance background, but was not initially very good on the ice.

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The 64 year old explained: “We were very excited that he was doing it.

“But his actual skating skills at the beginning were really very weak, very poor, and it was only the fact that he went away and worked really hard that moved him on."

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