Dancing on Ice 2023: Ekin-Su Cülcüloğlu left ‘upset’ for days over skate-off vote amid OFCOM complaints
Ekin-Su Cülcüloğlu has shared the impact of facing the Dancing on Ice skate-off during the first week of the competition after facing over 100 OFCOM complaints
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Ekin-Su Cülcüloğlu has revealed the challenge of facing the Dancing on Ice skate-off after receiving over 100 OFCOM complaints.
The Love Island winner, 28, from Islington, has faced further backlash amid ongoing complaints about her racy routine on 15 January, after flashing her bottom during Sunday’s skate-off against John Fashanu.
She was left “upset” and crying following last weekend’s performance, which resulted in her being tasked with a skate-off and also recieving over 100 complaints to television watchdog OFCOM.
Viewers of the figure skating show made complaints about her racy routine, arguing that it was “inappropriate” for a programme pre-watershed.
Ekin-Su has shared positivity on social media since the first show that found her in the skate-off as she faced online backlash.
She tweeted on Saturday 21 January: “To everyone supporting me during dancing on ice. Thank you so much.. I’m with you all always your all in my heart. Now let’s perform tomorrow!”
Ahead of the skate-off Ekin-Su said she wanted to “prove herself” and admitted she cried for days after her Dancing on Ice debut.
Speaking to host Holly Willoughby, the reality star said: “I’m not gonna lie, I was really upset over the past two days. I questioned myself and what I had done wrong.
“I’m just like you know what, stop this crying Ekin. You are a strong woman, take on the notes from the judges, work hard and I really wanted to prove myself.
“We’ve been working really hard and I am here today.”
Ekin-Su received 112 OFCOM complaints on 15 January following a racy routine to Britney Spears’ Toxic inspired by her time on Love Island.
The actress and model faced another outfit faux-pa during Sunday night’s skate-off when dancing to Ariana Grande’s No Tears Left to Cry.
During her routine her purple dress slipped up revealing her bottom to the crowd as she skated with partner Brendyn Hatfield.
Dancing on Ice viewers took to social media to complain about the first skate-off of the competition being “unfair”.
Fans were quick to call out that last week’s celebrities got an extra week of preparation for their performances.
Six of the contestants performed one week earlier after the initial eleven contestants were split into two groups.
It meant that John Fashanu, who faced the skate-off alongside Ekin-Su had less time to prepare for the skate-off during Sunday night’s show.
Ekin-Su had an additional week to prepare a new routine for the skate-off with the former football player given short notice that he would skate again.
Fans were quick to call the skate-off unfair and called for the show to re-think the first skate-off on the show.