Ekin-Su Culculoglu to skate as nun after Dancing On Ice outfit complaints
Ekin-Su Culculoglu is set to skate as a nun in this week's Dancing On Ice after complaints over her revealing outfit in her first performance.
The ITV1 show sparked 112 complaints to Ofcom over Love Island winner Culculoglu's costume in the series' first episode, a see-through body suit with tiny sparkly pants for a Britney Spears-themed skate.
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She returned with partner Brendyn Hatfield in last week's show to fight for her place in the show during the skate off, which she won sending John Fashanu home first.
Now, Culculoglu has explained to The Sun that she intends to become whatever character she is performing as - which this week will be nun-turned-governess Maria from The Sound of Music.
She said: "Whoever you see in the performance, whether I’m playing Britney Spears or Maria from The Sound of Music, I will be that person.
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"With Britney, I was having fun with it, I couldn’t have performed it better in my opinion - I don’t regret it at all. I played her and now it’s over.
"This time I’ll be playing a character from The Sound of Music and I’ll be how she is supposed to be - it’s a character. People forget I’m an actress. If I was asked to play Henry VIII on ice then I’d do it."
Culculoglu's Dancing On Ice co-stars have also backed her over the outfit controversy, with judge and coach Jayne Torvill speaking about it on Friday's Loose Women.
Torvill said of the costume complaints: "She was genuinely upset about it because she was quite surprised, but she wanted to put it right."
Fellow judge Oti Mabuse said on The Graham Norton Show: "It is so exciting to be part of a show that gets complaints!
"I thought the outfit was really, really sexy and risk-taking is what is important to me."
She added: "If I had that body, I would wear less all the time!”
Dancing On Ice continues on Sunday at 6.25pm on ITV1.