DANCING On Ice has faced a fresh fix row after Sonny Jay beat Faye Brookes in the final.
Viewers were left stunned when hosts Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield announced the Capital FM presenter had beaten the Coronation Street actress who was the bookies favourite to win.
One fan scoffed on Twitter: “More like fix on ice…faye was brilliant”.
Last night, judges Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean looked emotional after watching former Coronation Street star Faye, 33, and her professional partner Matt Evers, 44, skate the Bolero in tribute to their Sarajvo performance which won them the Gold at the Winter Olympics in 1984.
Following the stunning skate, Jayne looked tearful and gushed: “I just wanted to say thank you. That was beautiful.”
Sonny Jay and Angela Egan also took on the infamous routine, with judge Ashley Banjo hinting that Faye had impressed the judges more.
He told Sonny: “No matter what the result tonight you have done so well and should be proud.”
But the DJ beat off Faye and Olympian Colin Jackson, 54 who was eliminated in third place.
After being revealed as the winner of the public vote, he said: “That is mental, thank you so much.”
Faye Brookes, who finished second, said: “All I wanted to do was get here.
“I did it as a personal challenge and it couldn’t have gone to a better guy.”
However, viewers rallied around the actress on Twitter and claimed she was “robbed” by the system, as more viewers voted for Sonny.
One said: “Faye was robbed this show is a complete joke y’all rather vote for a generic guy instead of a talented woman who has been through hell this season”
Another raged: “Absolute fix #socialmedia following picks the winner #DOI”
But while Faye narrowly missed out on the crown, she won’t be going home empty-handed.
HOAR revealed Faye, who quit Corrie in 2019 after playing Kate Connor for four years, is now being eyed up for a number of lucrative deals.
An insider said: “Faye is the real winner of Dancing On Ice as appearing on the show has given her such a publicity boost.
“Most people recognise Faye as Kate from Coronation Street but Dancing On Ice has shown the other side of her.
“Faye is down-to-earth, bubbly and great on camera – and TV executives have her in their sights.
“Of course she’s not going to rush into anything, but Faye is definitely going to be on-screen more later on this year.
“While she is a serious actress, there is scope for her to move into presenting if she wants.
“Dancing On Ice is a huge career boost for most stars but it’s likely Faye is going to really cash in from her appearance.”