DOI's Alex Murphy says James Jordan backlash is "not really fair"

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Dancing on Ice professional skater Alex Murphy has defended James Jordan following the criticism he faced last week.

James finished the first week of the show in top spot on the leaderboard with his pro-partner Alexander Schauman.

However, some fans weren't overly impressed by his skills on the ice, questioning whether his background in dancing offers him a natural advantage as he actually shot to fame as a pro on Strictly Come Dancing.

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Via Metro, Alex disagreed with all those claiming he has an advantage, noting: "It's a hard thing to say because yes, being trained as a dancer helps translate things onto the ice, of course.

"But also you have to remember, we just put knives on James' feet. He's not in shoes, so he's had to learn a completely different discipline."

She continued: "I don't think it's fair to say 'Okay, well just because James has danced means he can skate'. Just because I can skate, it doesn't mean I could be a ballroom dancer. It's not really fair. I feel like people are going to say what they're going to say."

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Meanwhile, Alex has also been busy singing the praises of TOWIE star Gemma Collins after revealing that she's particularly impressed by her fearless approach to the icy challenge.

"I am so proud of Gemma," she said in an interview with Mail Online. "She is really a great person and she did such a good job on Sunday. She fell in the dress rehearsal. She fell and fell and fell. But she kept herself going. She got up and got on with it.

"And all of those who say she can't do it, or that her weight was a disadvantage - all those awful remarks - Gemma still did it."

Dancing on Ice continues tomorrow (January 13) at 6pm on ITV.

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