HAPPY Monday’s Bez has weighed in on the Dancing on Ice fix row and said being a dancer does give you an advantage.
The Nineties legend became the fifth star to leave the ITV show on Sunday after losing in the skate-off to Coronation Street’s Sally Dynevor.
Some fans claimed judges Oti Mabuse, Ashley Banjo, Jane Torvill and Christopher Dean chose to save the actress as she worked for the same channel.
But Bez, 57, reckons only one breed of celebrity has a boost – and that’s dancers.
He said: “For everybody, we’re all in the same boat. Everyone has to learn how to skate and that is such a hard skill to learn.
“You’ve got to give everyone credit for it. To do it on ice, it’s such a difficult skill.
“Being a dancer will make your skating appear really graceful and beautiful.
“But they’ve all started off in the same boat and they all have the work and I think it’s not fair to criticise people because they have got dance skills.”
Fans were split over the judges’ decision to send Bez home and took to Twitter to say it could be a ‘fix’ as Corrie’s Sally was an ITV star.
One said: “Don’t forget people. Sally works for ITV. Dancing on Ice is screened by ITV. Need I say more.”
A second said: “Bez does more skating on his own whereas Sally has to be hand held all the way. But then he’s not in Corrie on an ITV show.”
Bez proved to be so wobbly on the ice, bosses took the unusual step of asking him to wear a helmet on the live show.
On Sunday he danced to Meatloaf’s Bat Out Of Hell, with flame throwers, a guitar and even a fly pair of bat wings.
But he always felt his time on the show was limited.
He said: “I knew that once I was in the skate off I was gone. So yeah, I wasn’t surprised, I’ve been expecting it from day one.
“There’s a lot of props involved in my Musicals Week routine.
“A lot of distraction and not really very much skating so I think they’d seen through my ploy of dazzling and blinding with effects and everything else that we had going on.
“Motorbikes, guitars, we had big bat wings. We had everything we could to distract from the fact I could not skate.”