Dancing On Ice's ever critical judge Jason Gardiner today hit out at viewers of the show following Vanilla Ice's exit from the competition. Gardiner warned the show's audience that putting good skaters in the skate off would only lead to a "lacklustre, mediocre, less-than-average final".
Jason's comments come after Sunday's results show saw top skaters Laura Hamilton and Vanilla Ice in the bottom two, despite contestants including Denise Welch and Johnson Beharry scoring just 14.5 points each. Laura was saved by the judging panel, who were shocked either of the pair were in the bottom following high scoring performances earlier in the night.
Jason told The Sun: "It's soul destroying. It does a real disservice to the competition.
"It really angers me that people like Denise and Johnson are getting through on sympathy votes or popularity when we're losing someone who really should not have left. It's a crying shame he did. He's so much better than those two."
He added: "If viewers want a lacklustre, mediocre, less-than-average final, they should keep voting for Johnson and Denise."
Chatting about Sunday's skate off, Jason explained he felt Laura was in the bottom two simply for not being as famous as the other contestants. He continued: "If we lost her we'd end up with a clear front-runner, Sam (Attwater). I don't want that - I want them neck-and-neck all the way to the final. It will be thrilling."