Dancing on Ice’s Dan Whiston defends Joey Essex’s finale placement

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DOI star defends Joey Essex's finale placementITV

Last week's Dancing on Ice semi-final saw two celebrities leaving the show before this weekend’s grand finale.

Mollie Gallagher, Siva Kaneswaran and Joey Essex all landed in the bottom, with the judges unanimously deciding to save the former TOWIE star.

But there was a strong fan reaction online, with many fans expressing their opinion that Coronation Street actress Gallagher should have advanced ahead of Joey.

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Speaking exclusively to Digital Spy, the show’s creative director Dan Whiston gave his opinion on whether Joey deserved to be there.

"I think the judges are there for a reason, they are very accomplished judges," he said. "We have to respect the decision that they gave.

"Also, the public vote is very strong. So what I’m finding a lot of the time is people are very opinionated on who should have gone through and who shouldn’t, but they don’t vote.

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"You’ve got to pick up the vote, especially at the final. The final is down to public vote, it’s a public decision."

Dan also discussed the unpredictability of the results each week, saying that it has made the series more exciting.

"It’s been that tight every weekend, it’s been a shock every week," he said. "Sometimes it’s been unpredictable, but the unpredictability has made it so exciting to watch."

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He added: "You don’t want to be able to call it before the show starts."

The show's finale will see RuPaul's Drag Race UK winner The Vivienne, Joey Essex and gymnast Nile Wilson all take to the ice and attempt to take home the trophy.

Dancing on Ice airs on ITV1 and ITVX.

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