James Jordan blasts Dancing On Ice judges in Faye Brookes scoring row: ‘It’s just wrong!’

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Former Dancing On Ice champion and Strictly Come Dancing professional James Jordan, 42, has criticised the ITV show’s judging panel for not marking Faye Brookes, 33, and her pro skating partner Hamish Gaman, 37, highly enough. The star revealed he was less than impressed with the scores from the panel after the former Coronation Street actress stunned viewers with her Swan Lake-style routine on Sunday night.

Ashley Banjo gave the star 7.5, John Barrowman gave them 8.0, Jayne Torvill gave 8.5, and Christopher Dean gave the pair 8.5.

Faye also received some criticism from the judges, as Ashley claimed her performance “looked too easy”.

She achieved the same marks as Lady Leshurr and Joe-Warren, which James claimed was “just wrong”.

Speaking out on the situation, which sparked backlash from Dancing On Ice fans, James said while sharing his opinions on the show: “My biggest problem from this week is that Faye’s performance was epic. 

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“No one even got close to her. What more could she done? 

“To have the same marks as Lady Leshurr and Joe-Warren – both of whom I’m a massive fan of – is just wrong. 

“She was in a different league to them so the marks should reflect that.”

James went on to explain that his background as a professional dancer made it even clearer to him that Faye deserved higher marks.


He fumed: “As a professional, I know categorically that she was better and when she doesn’t get marked the right way, it just bugs me. 

It probably doesn’t matter in the long run since she got through to the next round though.”

James’ other half Ola Jordan agreed and added in their Hello! Magazine column: “Maybe they’re downplaying her and I do think it will help her in the long run but people aren’t stupid when they’re watching these shows! 

“She was a lot better so she should have been marked higher.” 

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Dancing On Ice fans also hit out at the judges for their comments about Faye’s routine.

One person tweeted: “#DancingOnIce Loved @Faye_Brookes and @HamishGaman tonight! So beautiful, elegant and, I felt, full of content! I know the judges think she could do more but it was perfect for that genre of dance and I think they were especially harsh for just her 3rd skate!”

Another added: “Yet again Faye and @HamishGaman downmarked the routine was stunning.”(sic)

A third fan said: “Faye and @HamishGaman swan Lake tonight was beautiful. Deserved a much higher score”

Matt Richardson was sent home from the competition last night after he faced Colin Jackson in the bottom two.

The comedian had only just stepped in for Billie Faiers, who had to leave the programme on medical grounds.

Sharing his thoughts on Matt’s elimination, James said: “I did feel a bit sorry for Matt.

“He was probably the right person to go but I felt gutted for him. He was new, he didn’t have enough of a chance to improve and he seems like a really nice guy.”

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