Dancing On Ice star admits winner Nile Wilson ‘had an advantage’ after fix row

Dancing On Ice' professional Sylvain Longchambon has admitted that the show winner Nile Wilson "had an advantage" after the ITV programme was embroiled in a fix row.

Olympic gymnast Nile, 27, proudly lifted the Dancing On Ice trophy with his professional skating partner Olivia Smart on Sunday night, as they beat TV personality Joey Essex and pro Vanessa Bauer to be crowned the winners.

But some viewers of the show were left fuming as they deemed Nile's professional gymnast abilities to have given him an unfair advantage over Joey, who shot to fame on The Only Way is Essex.

Speaking amid the fix row, ice skating pro Sylvain said: “Being a gymnast, he has a slight advantage because he probably knows better how to hold his body and is probably aware of his body.

"At the end of the day, you get judged on the lines, your technique and performance in gymnastics.

"He knows how to compete and he’s probably good under pressure.

"In that sense, he might have a slight advantage.”

Many show fans thought that Nile's routines were heavily-based around his gymnastic abilities, and he even made show history when he was the first male contestant to perform the dangerous headbanger trick.

The stunt came as he performed a Pirates of the Caribbean-inspired routine that featured many gymnastics moves.

Viewers took to Twitter to comment as one wrote: "Nile is amazing but has a big advantage," whilst another said: "Is this a gymnast show or what?"

Someone else said: "Okay but is that not an unfair advantage though because he does all those stunts for a living anyway?"

Following his big win on Sunday night, Nile and his pro partner Olivia sat down on the This Morning sofa with Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield, who also host Dancing on Ice.

There, he admitted that his gymnast history did give him an advantage on the show as he said: "Is being a gymnast an advantage? Of course it is.

"The fundamental body awareness that gymnastics gives you, I saw a trick."

"He could soak it up," said Olivia.

Phillip Schofield then said: "Every year the sports people centre themselves and have the time to focus. But that's not dancing. You can act."

Nile sobbed as he his skating partner Olivia Smart were crowned the champions after a dazzling final show which saw all three finalists achieve perfect scores.

Talking to the viewers at home, the visibly emotional 27-year-old said: "'I just want to say, 11 human beings proved we could do anything if you put your mind to something and work hard, you can achieve anything."

Joey Essex came in second place whilst drag queen The Vivienne came third, following a public vote.


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