Dancing On Ice commentator quits show after one episode

Joann Johnston
January 14, 2018

IT LOOKS like commentator Matt Chapman doesn't, ahem... rink much of this year's Dancing On Ice contestants, as he's has chose to skate off into the sunset after only one episode.

"I've chose to hang up my skates, leave the rink and return to the turf and I wish the show the best of luck for the rest of the run", he told The Sun.

Anyone who's forgotten the knee-bends and back arches that the pair are referring to need only watch a video of their Olympic medal-winning performance to be reminded just how very talented they were, and remain. Although some viewers criticised Matt's commentating skills, insiders on the show have revealed that he left due to a schedule clash, with a source explaining: "Matt decided he couldn't make his diary quite work as he thought".

Dancing On Ice continues on Sunday ITV at 6pm. Quite a night. And for those thinking: "Who the hell was that?"

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Despite the negative reviews, Matt later insisted he was going to change the public's opinion, telling his followers: 'Hey people thanks for loads of kind comments @dancingonice.

One tweeted: "Not sure about the new voiceover guy, sounds a bit like a drunk uncle at a wedding speech", while another said: "commentator was a bit OTT".

One fan did come out in favour of the new commentator, saying: "Matthew Chapman on the other hand was brilliant and the only reason I watched the show". This time, though, Torvill, 60, and Dean, 59, are appearing as judges rather than as coaches to the contestants as they did in the show's previous ratings-winning run. He passed away 2013 following a short illness. The show was shelved in 2014 but made a comeback this year.

The contestant who receives the fewest public votes next weekend will fight to stay in the competition against Candice Brown, who was first to find herself the dreaded skate-off during the launch.

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