Former Dancing On Ice winner Jake Quickenden has hit out at the show judges for the way they have been scoring the performances this series.
Singer Jake, 34, who rose to fame on The X Factor in 2012 before appearing on I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! in 2014, has been left unimpressed by judges Ashley Banjo, Oti Mabuse, Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean.
The reality star believes the panel should have scored the competitors lower earlier in the series so they had room to improve.
He wrote in his OK! magazine column: ‘I feel like the scoring has gone a bit all over the place. They usually start low. I know my year, I got a five in the first week and then I had something to improve on.
‘When you’re giving people sevens and eights in the first week, that just looks a bit weird. People can’t improve very much on an eight and there’s rarely going to be tens across the board because nobody’s perfect. The scoring has been quite baffling.
Unimpressed: Former Dancing On Ice winner Jake Quickenden, 34, has hit out at the show judges for the way they have been scoring the performances this series
‘I just want it to be fair. When someone’s getting marked so highly and then another person is getting marked so lowly, then that can influence the public not to vote.’
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It comes after Jake spoke out about the show’s ‘curse’, saying he understands how break-ups can happen during the series.
The ‘curse’ is a phenomenon that hits celebrities and their dance partners during their time on Strictly Come Dancing, but has also been linked to Dancing On Ice.
Due to the harsh schedules, sexy dance moves and close quarters with their partners, their off-screen romances sometimes suffer as a result.
Jake told MailOnline: ‘I think everyone goes through relationship troubles, it happens when people are away from home, they break down every day but when it is seen in the public eye there’s always something sinister to it.
‘I don’t believe in curses, I think it only happens if you go in with an open mind of falling in love with your partner, but I just wanted to win.’
Shortly after his win, Jake split from his girlfriend Danielle Fogarty, but insisted it had nothing to do with his time on the show.
Switch it up: Jake thinks judges (L-R) Ashley Banjo, Oti Mabuse, Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean should have started with lower scores this series so competitors had room to improve
Meanwhile, pro skater Vanessa Bauer, who he scooped the trophy with, was reported to have split from her long-term boyfriend Louis Nathaniel.
Speaking about his experience on the show, Jake said: ‘It was a long process and people don’t realise how long you train for before the show starts.
Patsy Palmer left Dancing On Ice on Sunday night after finding herself in the skate off with Darren Harriott.
Opinion: It comes after Jake spoke out about the show’s ‘curse’, saying he understands how break-ups can happen during the series (pictured with his professional skating partner Vanessa Bauer on the show in 2018)
The 50-year-old EastEnders actress said she was proud of herself and thanked her partner Matt.
Patsy said: ‘I’ve met the best people ever, we’ve been like one big family. I’ve proved I can and exceeded what I thought I can do.’
Matt said: ‘You have turned out to be an absolute joy and I’m so proud of what you’ve accomplished.’
Patsy and Matt danced off first to Never Forget You by the Noisettes followed by Darrien and Tippy.
Exit: Patsy Palmer left Dancing On Ice on Sunday night after finding herself in the skate off with Darren Harriott
The judges unanimously decided to save Darren and Tippy, with Ashley Banjo saying: ‘You should both be very proud, you’ve improved so much.’
Oti Mabuse said: ‘It could be anyone in skate off but the strongest skate was Darren.’
Chris Torvill said: ‘It’s been wonderful watching both teams and the progress they’ve made.’
Earlier in the night, Patsy and Matt were looking for a come back after last week, dancing to Spice Up Your Life by the Spice Girls.
Proud: The 50-year-old EastEnders actress said she was proud of herself and thanked her partner Matt
She performed in Geri Halliwell’s iconic Union Jack dress and even got some tips from Emma Bunton herself.
The judges gave her a score 26.5 out of 40 with Matt saying she had been ‘incredible’ and was ‘blown away’.
Oti said in her comments: ‘I love watching you skate, you are getting better every week.’
Chris chimed in: ‘You’re skating with more confidence, but now we need to up the moves’.
Ashley added: ‘You set yourself challenges every week, and I thought you have smashed it.’
Bottom two: Patsy and Matt danced off first to Never Forget You by the Noisettes followed by Darren and Tippy