Wes Nelson defends Dancing on Ice winner James Jordan after fans call the Strictly pro’s triumph ‘a fix’

DANCING On Ice’s Wes Nelson has defended James Jordan’s sensational win after fans branded it “a fix”.

Last night, two million viewers voted for their favourite ice skating celebrity but many were shocked to see the Strictly star, 40, crowned the winner.


Wes Nelson has defended James Jordan’s sensational win after fans branded it “a fix”[/caption]

Yet, Wes, 20, spoke out in defence of the professional dancer on today’s Loose Women and insisted that he’s chuffed for his pal.

He told the panel: “It’s not fair that he’s getting that stick. He has come so far on the show.

“I saw James on the ice and I can tell you, the ice is a leveller. It’s a complete leveller.”

Adding: “He may have been a dancer on the floor in strictly, but he’s not an ice skater. Figure-skating is a completely different sport and he’s done so, so well.”

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James, 40, was crowned the winner of Dancing On Ice 2019[/caption]

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James and Wes pictured with their professional partners Alexandra Schauman (L) and Vanessa Bauer (R)[/caption]

The Love Island star also explained how proud he was of James for competing in the final despite his devastating shoulder injury, which left him unable to rehearse for the show.

He continued: “If you would have seen James yesterday, his arm – he was on gas and air.

“He couldn’t do any of the rehearsals, he couldn’t do anything and he came out on the night and did that lift.

“That’s why I can’t speak now – yeah the alcohol – but I was screaming so much when James got that lift up because I was so happy his shoulder had pulled through.


Wes appeared on the show alongside Andrea McLean, Coleen Nolan, Denise Welch and Jane Moore (Pictured L-R)[/caption]

“He’s done amazing.”

Wes’ comments come after DOI fans were left up in arms about James winning the ITV series.

One fan pointed out that Wes had “no skating ability, no performance ability, and no middle aged women fan base” yet he still made it to the final, receiving perfect 40 scores.

They said on Twitter: “@WesNelsonUk no experience, no skating ability, no performance ability, no Middle aged woman fan base – the odds were stacked against you.

“Read Twitter mate, everyone thinks you’ve been robbed. This will be the biggest upset of the year. #DancingOnIce”

Another viewer wrote: “WES was robbed and the result is so wrong. #Sorrynotsorry – Wes is right winner to be honest!! We back you @WesNelsonUk ”

One more raged: “@dancingonice James is a professional dancer for gods sake. Such a fix how he’s got 80/80 tonight. @WesNelsonUk did so many tricks that James hasn’t even attempted. Tonight has frustrated me with these scores”.

Former Strictly Come Dancing pro James Jordan, Love Islander Wes Nelson and X Factor singer Saara Aalto battled it out this evening to be named the winner of the 2019 show.

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Earlier, Wes and Vanessa slapped the ice in excitement after smashing their Bolero

James was forced to miss a crucial rehearsal ahead of the final after injuring his shoulder.

He suffered a subluxed shoulder (partial dislocation) in rehearsals on Saturday when he fell on his arm.

Holly sympathised with the star after his incredible first dance of the night, that saw him perform a ballroom inspired skate with professional partner Alexandra Schauman.

Holly attends to winner James Jordan after he becomes emotional
Holly attends to winner James Jordan after he becomes emotional
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Lifting the trophy after he was named the winner, James – who was nursing a shoulder injury said: “I can’t believe it. Oh my Gosh. I couldn’t have given it any more.”

After he and Alexandra performed their Bolero, Christopher Dean told them it was one of “the best” he had ever seen performed in the history of the show.

And when Wes and Vanessa left the ice after their own final skate, the Love Island star admitted their routine had been one of the highlights of his life. I can’t describe the feeling, that was the best thing I’ve ever done.”

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