Dancing on Ices Kye Whyte hits back at fix claims ahead of semi-final

Dancing On Ice star Kye Whyte has hit back at ‘fix’ claims hit by the show ahead of the semi-final.

Last week, the athlete was hit with claims from some viewers that the show was a "fix" due to being saved from elimination for the fourth time.

The star was in the bottom two alongside Stef Reid, but was saved by all four judges, following the week before where he was in the bottom two with Corrie actress Sally Dynevor before she was eliminated.

But the BMX Olympic silver medallist, 22, says: “All I can do is just skate to the best of my ability and it’s in the judges’ hands and in the public’s hands.

“But when it comes to the skate-off, the person who stays is down to the judges and I’ve been the one they picked. So I’m grateful for that.”

Now in the semi-final, Kye is the only celebrity from a sporting background compared to the other celebrities left in the competition, who all come from the world of showbiz.

Of the remaining contestants this year, Kimberly Wyatt is a Pussycat Doll, Brendan Cole was a Strictly Come Dancing pro, Regan Gascoigne is a dancer and Connor Ball performs on stage with band The Vamps.

But, the athlete added to The Sun: “I love being the underdog, I love it so much.

"I’m just trying to live up to all their standards.

“It makes me enjoy skating more, knowing my scores ain’t too far away from them guys — even though I reckon if they could get higher than a ten, they probably would be.”

Last week saw Stef Reid become the seventh star to be voted off the show, narrowly missing out a spot in the semi-final.

It was Stef's first time in the skate and she described it as "hard," but said she loved her skate-off routine.

After two impressive routines, the judges cast their votes and clearly found it hard to do so with both celebrities showing talent on the ice.

But it was Stef who became the latest celebrity to be voted off the hit ITV show, with all judges choosing to save Kye.

The show’s Associate Creative Director Dan Whiston was also keen to stress there was no fixing going on in the show – and encouraged viewers to pick up the phone to vote for their favourite.

He told OK!: “At the end of the day someone has to be in the bottom two. It's down to the public and inevitably the more people voting means the more chance that someone won't be in the skate-off. The only way to change it is by picking up the phone.

“The judges are there for a reason and they score on what they see, so we have to take that on the chin and do better. Take the criticism as constructive and make the changes that need to be made. Kye is still in the competition and he's doing really, really well.”

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