Kye Whyte denies ‘Dancing On Ice’ fix claims ahead of show’s semi-final

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Kye Whyte says he likes being the underdog in 'Dancing On Ice'. (ITV)

Dancing On Ice contestant Kye Whyte has shrugged off "fix" claims by some viewers - despite being the only semi-finalist without professional dance experience.

The BMX-riding Olympic medallist will skate in Sunday's semi-final, going up against four other celebrities whose background in performing has led to some claiming that the series this year is a fix because it was so unlikely amateur dancers would reach the final.

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He will compete against Pussycat Doll Kimberly Wyatt, former Strictly pro Brendan Cole, The Vamps popstar Connor Ball and dancer Regan Gascoigne.

But Whyte, 22, told The Sun: "I love being the underdog, I love it so much. I’m just trying to live up to all their standards.

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Kye Whyte skates with Tippy Packard. (ITV)

“It makes me enjoy skating more, knowing my scores ain’t too far away from them guys — even though I reckon if they could get higher than a 10, they probably would be."

He also refused to be drawn on the fix claims, saying the result was in the hands of both the judges and the public.

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Whyte added that he didn't feel his result was fixed, saying: "But when it comes to the skate-off, the person who stays is down to the judges and I’ve been the one they picked. So I’m grateful for that."

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This year's 'Dancing On Ice' cast includes many seasoned performers. (ITV)

The final of Dancing On Ice has been delayed by a week as ITV has bought the rights to a double-bill of football matches that will air at the same time as the original date.

It will now take place on Sunday, 27 March.

This series has again seen a number of skaters injured and testing positive for coronavirus, although it has not affected the show as much as last year's was when five celebrities were forced to drop out, the series took a week's break halfway through and the final was brought forward by a week.

Dancing On Ice semi-final airs on Sunday at 7.30pm on ITV.

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