Dancing on Ice 2023: Patsy Palmer’s debut with Matt Evers leaves viewers unimpressed due to mistakes

The actress and DJ made her Dancing on Ice debut on Sunday 15 Janaury

Patsy Palmer’s debut Dancing on Ice performance has been criticised by fans after she appeared “nervous” and “made mistakes” during Sunday night’s episode.

The former EastEnders star, 50, from Bethnal Green in London, took to the ice with skating partner Matt Evers but struggled to remember her routine.

She was awarded 21 points out of 40, as judges Ashley Banjo and Oti Mabuse handed her a score of 5, while Jayne Torvill and Chris Dean thought her performance was worthy of a 5.5.

Her performance was praised by the judges, with Christopher Dean following up with some constructive criticism.

Patsy Palmer has revealed she previously turned down Dancing on Ice because she was “terrified” of getting hurtPatsy Palmer has revealed she previously turned down Dancing on Ice because she was “terrified” of getting hurt
Patsy Palmer has revealed she previously turned down Dancing on Ice because she was “terrified” of getting hurt

"I thought you had great spirit out there. I enjoyed watching you," he said.

"I did see there was a lapse moment you forgot some of the steps, but Matt was right there, and you keyed right back into it."

Viewers of the show were quick to point out Patsy’s errors on social media.

One person wrote: “At the start, I feel patsy needed instruction on when to start, nearly made a spin to many.. but for the first dance I thought it was ok. No falling over.”

Another added: “Oh dear. That wasn’t a great skate from Patsy Palmer On Dancing On Ice. Very sketchy. But it wasn’t awful. 5.00 was about right.”

A third said: “Patsy Palmer is not that good, to be honest, but I’ve seen worse. But she got through it, so hats off to her.”

A fourth wrote: “Think the nerves got the better of Patsy. Hopefully, she gets the chance to skate again. #DancingOnIce.”

Former Eastender Patsy Palmer was the first celebrity to be announced for this year's series of Dancing on Ice. She's a long-shot to win though, with odds of 18/1.Former Eastender Patsy Palmer was the first celebrity to be announced for this year's series of Dancing on Ice. She's a long-shot to win though, with odds of 18/1.
Former Eastender Patsy Palmer was the first celebrity to be announced for this year's series of Dancing on Ice. She's a long-shot to win though, with odds of 18/1.

Another commented: “I give Patsy and Matt 4.0. I saw a lot of potential there - potential for crossovers, and I think you will end up solo skating quite well, given a chance. But you forgot too much of your routine and made so many mistakes. Keep trying.”

The DJ and actress opened up about her nerves before appearing on the show and admitted she is concerned about injuring herself due to her age.

Patsy told OK! Magazine: “Mainly, it’s just the physical side that makes me scared, but I know for a fact that I’ll be super nervous when it comes to the live shows - I do get very nervous. But it’s good to have a little bit of nerves.”

Dancing on Ice continues next Sunday 22 January, on ITV1.