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Manchester Evening News
Jessica Sansome

Dan Walker sent messages as glaring error appears during Dancing on Ice's Siva Kaneswaran's tearful interview about Tom Parker

Dan Walker found himself being sent message from viewers of Channel 5 News after they spotted a glaring error while he spoke to The Wanted star Siva Kaneswaran. The singer appeared on the programme on Tuesday (March 14) and spoke about his recent stint on Dancing on Ice.

Siva just missed out on a place in the final of the ITV skating competition after performing a tear-jerking routine in memory of his late bandmate Tom Parker. He paid a poignant tribute to his friend as the year anniversary of his death approaches. Tom, who shot to fame as one-fifth of pop boyband The Wanted alongside Siva, passed away on March 30, 2022, after being diagnosed with stage four glioblastoma in 2020.

Siva skated to The Wanted's soaring hit Gold Forever, Tom's Version, which was re-released following Tom's death and also played at his funeral. And he explained in a VT clip that the performance was even more poignant because he would be skating out to the opening lines performed by Tom, from Bolton, who died aged 33.

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Speaking to former BBC Breakfast host Dan on Channel 5 News, Siva, 34, became emotional as he opened up about his semi-final tribute performance to Tom. Asked about that poignant skate, after which he was eliminated from the competition a week before the final, Siva admitted after a pause: "I’m getting emotional ten seconds into the interview."

A tearful Siva then continued: "It was beautiful because I just wanted to deliver a nice performance for him and a nice memory for his wife and kids. When his voice started [in the song Siva skated to], if you look at the opening scene, I’m literally gasping, thinking 'Tom, get me through this.'"

He added: "It worked out well and I made a moment and a core memory for the kids," referring to Tom's children Aurelia and Bodhi who he shared with wife Kelsey, who was in the audience with them to watch the performance.

"They asked me how I was feeling - It was minute by minute. I was crying one second and I'm okay the next. It could have gone any way but I'm so happy it went that way."

Viewers spotted the name error as Siva appeared on the programme (Channel 5)

Dan then asked Siva how he was dealing with his grief to which he replied: "I've tried to keep busy and use the difficulty of what happened and use it for good and keep on creating awareness and keep his memory going. He stood for something and I want to keep that going for him and his family. We're still grieving it's not even been a year yet - it's just to make sure to keep communicating for everyone who loved him."

However, viewers were quick to spot a huge error as Tom's surname was mistakenly referred to as 'Walker' as it flashed up on screen in the interview's tagline.

@PaulaRossi47 tweeted: "@mrdanwalker I was quite surprised to see Tom walker instead of Tom Parker during your interview with @SivaKaneswaran how could someone get that so wrong." @TWMum_Tinkerhel also said: "@5_News if you’re going to report on someone as amazing as Tom Parker please get his name correct. Also you misspelt @SivaKaneswaran name at the beginning. Still lovely to see our brilliant Siva paying tribute to Tom who is missed so much."

The Manchester Evening News contacted Channel 5 who confirmed the error was swiftly spotted and corrected while Siva was still live with Dan live on air and has been corrected in the online version of the programme.


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