Matt, 43, has been a familiar face on Dancing on Ice for all 12 series of the ITV skating show and has seen a fair share of drama both on and off-screen. Having witnessed how the judging panel have critiqued celebrity contestants in the past, he has come to understand why there are clashes between the panelists. Speaking on Heart Radio today, the professional ice skater explained why he believed John Barrowman, 52, and Ashely Banjo, 31, locked horns last weekend.
Following a performance from Paralympian Libby Clegg, 29, and her professional partner Mark Hanretty, 34, all the judges expect John awarded the pair a score of nine.
The former I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here star believed the routine was worthy of an 8.5 and after Jayne Torvill, 62, praised the couple, he explained he was “kind of lost” by what he’d seen.
“For me, it didn’t add anything special to it,” the panelist added, to which Ashley strongly disagreed and as his co-star continued to defend his lower score, Christopher Dean, 61, asked if he was “finished".
With the panel at loggerheads ahead of the final in a couple of weeks, Matt explained that they had to “nitpick” to cut the numbers down.
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Dancing on Ice star reveals real reason for judges clashing (Image: ITV)
Dancing on Ice 2020: John Barrowman and Ashley Banjo clashed over a contestant (Image: ITV)
The professional skater said: “I think the judges are clashing more as the weeks go on because they’re starting to nitpick because the closer you get to the final, the pickier they have to be.
“Sometimes a judge will see something another judge won’t.
“On the judge's desk, they have a monitor so they can watch it in case they’re facing the other direction.
“If you look down at that certain moment or lookup you might miss a trick or a little bit of a wobble and I think that’s why they’re starting to go at each other because they’re really nitpicking,” Matt explained.
Dancing on Ice 2020: Matt Evers has revealed judges are starting to nitpick (Image: ITV)
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