Dancing On Ice judge Ashley Banjo issues Lemar a warning

Dancing On Ice judge Ashley Banjo has given a warning to Lemar.


Last Sunday saw the eleven remaining couples skate live for a second time, before another went home.

At the end of each routine the judges – Jayne Torvill, Christopher Dean, Jason Gardiner and Ashley – gave their comments and marks out of 10 before viewers could vote for their favourite.

The judges scores were then combined with the viewer’s votes before the bottom two couples were revealed as Stephanie Waring and Lemar.

The judging panel chose who to save and who to send home, and it was Stephanie who left Dancing On Ice this week. Both Ashley and Jason saved Stephanie, but Chris and head judge Jayne saved Lemar and so he stayed.

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The result proved controversial with viewers, given Lemar actually tripped during his skate off performance.


Speaking after the live show, Ashley gave Lemar a warning that he was “now level pegging” and should go home if he’s in the dance off again.

Lemar had been a ‘back up’ celeb, joining the line up later than everyone else when an original cast member, cricket Monty Panesar, withdrew due to injury.

“I voted for Steph [Waring] but I’m pleased Lemar is there because he started a month later than everyone else,” Ashley said of Sunday’s result.

But he told The Sun newspaper: “He’s been given enough chances. Lemar is now level pegging.

“If he’s in the dance off again I think he should go.

“I always said I’d be honest and I think that honesty comes across as toughness.”

“But I’m just being honest in the same way I would be to Jordan and the Diversity boys,” Ashley added.


Stephanie’s Dancing On Ice pro partner Sylvain Longchambon hit out at the judges following Sunday’s show, saying they got it wrong.

“The rules are if there’s a stumble in the skate off then if the other couple skate well then they should be out. That is the rule of the skate off,” he told The Sun newspaper. “This happened five years ago with Pamela Anderson. She had a stumble and she was voted out.”

Sylvain, who was a pro on the original Dancing On Ice series, added: “They gave Steph better marks on her main routine and he stumbled in the skate off and they chose him over her.

“Maybe his skate off was stronger but it is hard to understand when you have two judges that pick you and other two don’t.”

Speaking on ITV’s Lorraine this week, Stephanie said she was confused by the judges’ decision.

Stephanie Waring and Sylvain Longchambon
Stephanie Waring and Sylvain Longchambon

“I’m really sadden that we’ve had to leave so soon, we’ve put a lot of work in. It is what it is,” she said . “I always thought Dancing on Ice, I thought it was all based on that skate-off. I wanted the opportunity to improve on my skate and grow in the competition.


“I was very confused about the trip and yet I’m the one to go home. It’s a lot of hard work down the toilet.”

Dancing On Ice 2018 will continue next Sunday night on ITV