DANCING On Ice star Faye Brookes has sparked a fresh favouritism row as the show returned tonight.
Insiders revealed how ITV bosses had called in their Creative Director Dan Whiston to work with Faye, which the other competitors moaned gave her a huge advantage.
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The ex Coronation Street actress, 33, is favourite to win and in tonight’s show scored 34.5 out of 40 for the routine, her first with Matt Evers, 44.
An insider said: “After Hamish Gaman pulled out and Faye was paired with Matt, bosses brought in Dan to help them.
“He trained with them at a rink in Manchester the week before last and has been helping them perfect their routines.
“Faye and Matt had never worked together before so they needed extra time on the ice but others in the competition think she’s been given an unfair advantage.
“Working with Dan has allowed Faye and Matt to choreograph even more adventurous and daring routines.
“It feels to some she’s getting special treatment from the bosses because she is the favourite to win.”
Faye was partnered with Matt after pro Hamish, 37, walked out following a row with Dancing On Ice bosses over an injury.
HOAR revealed at the time how Faye feared Hamish would no longer be able to compete to the level she had hoped for – so bosses paired her with Matt.
The show has been hit by a number of crises in recent weeks which has seen five of the celebs forced to drop out of the show.
During tonight’s episode Rebekah Vardy became the next star to leave the ITV show, hosted by Holly Willoughby, 40, and Phillip Schofield, 56.
The 39-year-old said she had “absolutely loved” being part of the show and would be carrying on skating because her children were “desperate” to get on the ice.
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