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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