Dancing On Ice 2011 judge Jason Gardiner has said he is "bored" of being criticised about having a role on the panel despite not being able to skate himself. Defending his position as a judge on the show, Gardiner told This Morning yesterday he was there to look at the celebrity's dance and performance skills.
"I wasn't hired as a skating expert - that's why we have a world champion [Robin Cousins] on the panel - please people get that through," he moaned. "I'm there looking at the dance and the performance, that's my background and area of expertise. Emma and I never talk about whether they are technically skating correctly - I always critique the overall performance."
Talking about his weird and quite often offensive analogies used his comments, Jason explained: "Look, as I've always maintained the reason why I use the analogies that I do - I know it's a bit of a slap at first - but in the world that I came from in dance, that's how it is.
"They really do hammer at you and you sort of sit there and go 'Oh my God' - but then you sort of process it and you understand it. If I spewed out all this technical jargon they wouldn't understand what I'm talking about and it would be lost on them."
Meanwhile Jason's fellow judge Robin Cousins backed him up, adding: "I've always said I love the fact that he has an opinion and is able to justify it and say it - I wish I could have the nerve to say similar. Probably not the same thing! But to have the nerve to be that blunt."
Dancing On Ice 2011 concludes this Sunday evening from 7:40PM on ITV1, with Laura Hamilton, Chloe Madeley and Sam Attwater battling it out to be crowned champion of the ice.