Fans were gobsmacked when Dancing on Ice contestant Antony Cotton showed ‘disrespect’ to the judges during this weekend’s live shows.
The actor is best known for his portrayal of Sean Tully in Coronation Street and while his character may get a few laughs for his wicked sense of humour, fans weren’t keen on Antony’s witty remarks.
Last night, viewers voted for which celebrities they would like to see in next week’s show and although Antony was blasted for his outspoken nature by many viewers online, they still chose to save him.
Hollyoaks actress Stephanie Waring was the second contestant to be eliminated from the show, after being forced to compete in a dance-off with popstar, Lemar.
However, fans were shocked when judges chose to save Lemar over Stephanie, despite the fact that he tripped over and fell during his routine.
Again the judging panel was split, with Jason Gardener and Ashley Banjo saving Stephanie and her skating partner Sylvain, while Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean saved Lemar and his partner Melody. With Jayne being head judge and therefore having the casting vote in the event of a tie, Lemar was saved.
In an interview with Lorraine on ITV this morning, Stephanie admitted that she was gutted to be leaving the competition so early on and believed the judges had made the wrong choice.
“I’m saddened that we have to leave so soon.” she said. “I’ve had an incredible reaction from the fans and on Twitter. There has been a bit of outrage as well. I love Lemar, I really do he’s one of my closest friends on Dancing on Ice. So to be in the skate-off with him was actually quite difficult.
“The way I always thought Dancing on Ice was was that the skate-off is just based on that skate and everyone has the chance to improve. You go on to improve. I wanted the opportunity to improve on my last skate and grow in the competition just as Lemar, as he does as well.
Anthony Cotton comes across as a right dick really doesn't he.
— Alison Louise ? (@alisonlouise94) January 21, 2018
While another annoyed viewer went on to say: “Omg!!! This is a fix!! Lamar has the same routine as last week in the dance off and Steph Waring has to learn another routine! How is that fair !! Poor Steph! I thought you skated really well.”
Meanwhile, Antony Cotton’s rude remarks also caught the attention of viewers at home.
After performing his routine, it seemed Antony wasn’t about to take the judges criticism lightly. Although he seemed to be having the time of his life whilst out on the ice, the judges weren’t in favour of his routine.
“This, it felt a bit stale and predictable. It needs to really move one from week one and I don’t think it has.” Ashley Banjo told him.
Villain panellist Jason Gardener also aimed to give his viewpoint on the skate stating: “I thought it was a very similar routine in style and content from your first skate. My problem is we’re seeing that you have very limited skating ability, which is making you very tentative in the choreography.”
“You’ve got so much personality and it goes when …” he continued to say, but Antony cut him off in his tracks and blurted out: “Because I can’t blooming ice skate.”
When the time came for professional skater Jayne Torvill to give her verdict, Antony again made sure he got a word in, shouting: “Come on Jayne give me something nice!”
Finally, as Phillip Schofield read off the autocue, the actor started to laugh loudly, which caused the silver fox to snap: “Shush will you!”
Fans of the show again took to Twitter to remark on Antony’s ‘rude’ behaviour:
“Antony cotton he’s a bloody diva , he was the same on im a celeb , vote him off his ego is huge and so disrespectful to Jayne.” [sic]
“Watching Antony receive that critique was the most uncomfortable thing I think I’ve ever made myself endure.”
“How irritating is Anthony Cotton”
Anthony Cotton just doesn't come across as very nice. A bit of humility never goes amiss. He seems very high maintenance to me. #DancingOnIce
— Louise Manson (@rfawag) January 21, 2018
“Is Antony Cotton alright why is he laughing like a crazy man holly and Phil no wonder you are looking at him weird”
“The judges are there to judge and you are there to be judged if you cant stand the heat don’t go into the kitchen.”
They always say bad things ‘come in threes’ and viewers had another moan about the number of advertisement breaks throughout the duration of the show.
— Bennie Westwood (@bennie_westwood) January 21, 2018
Fans weren’t impressed by the number of ad breaks throughout the two hours and ten-minute programme, which was reported to have tallied up to seven in total.
Many on Twitter argued that the constant interruption was ruining their viewing of the show, however, a source connected with the programme said the number of breaks was the ‘usual’ to every other show on ITV.
“The number of minutes of advertising shown in Dancing on Ice was no more than is usual in a programme of its length and was fully compliant with allowances stipulated in the Ofcom Code on the Scheduling of TV Advertising (COSTA).” they said.
“The constant ad breaks are very irritating! #DancingOnIce” while another added: “How many ad breaks does there have to be?!??”” one angry viewer posted.
“Far too many ad break on #dancingonice Doing my head in!” another said.
Another went on to say: “There’s far too many ad breaks during #DancingOnIce”
“The constant ad breaks are very irritating,” one said, before another agreed: “How many ad breaks does there have to be?!?”.