Dancing On Ice's John Barrowman insists Joe-Warren Plant was BETTER than the other skaters despite fall

DANCING On Ice's Ashley Banjo has insisted Joe-Warren Plant was BETTER than the other skaters – despite his dramatic fall.

Emmerdale actor Joe made an impressive debut alongside his professional partner Vanessa Bauer – but midway through knocked his own skates and took a tumble.

Arguing that he was judged fairly despite the unfortunate incident, Ashley, 32, said: "On the night Joe was technically superior to everybody else, yet his score was the same because he fell.

"That's because we try to judge fairly."

His co-judge John Barrowman added: "Unless they fall and don't get up then it's a major deduction.

:But if they fall and get up with a smile on their face and pick up the choreography from where they left off and continue to perform and it hasn't affected them then it's going to be a small deduction.

"I think Joe was fairly judged."

Despite his fall in front of millions of people, Joe immediately laughed it off – and won over viewers.

When presenter Holly Willoughby asked him what happened, Joe said: "I couldn't tell you, I literally thought I was doing everything perfectly and I then I just ended up on the floor.

"I don't know what happened."

Vanessa then joked:  "It was his first fall of the day as well! We say that he always has to have a fall at some point."

People at home loved Joe's seeing the funny side of what happened.

"Joe did amazing getting up," wrote one Twitter user.

Another added: "I thought Joe did well…. even with the fall. So glad he managed to laugh it off bless him!"

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