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Manchester Evening News
Manchester Evening News
Katie Fitzpatrick

Dancing On Ice fan question if judges 'have it in for' Michelle Heaton over 'harsh' scores in underscoring row

Michelle Heaton appeared close to tears as fans thought she had been subjected to underscoring again for a second week on Dancing On Ice. The Liberty X singer, 43, said she was a "mixed bag of emotions" in her previous performance on the ITV skating contest.

She cried after receiving 19 out of 40 points from the judges for her debut skate to Shania Twain's Waking Up Dreaming with her pro partner Łukasz Różycki two weeks ago. She took to the rink again on Dancing On Ice on Sunday, January 29 with a new look, donning a sharp black bobbed wig, to perform to All That Jazz from Cabaret.

Host Holly Willoughby praised that they were seeing a "completely diferent Michelle." But Michelle, who shot to fame on the talent show Popstars in 2001 which formed her band Liberty X, appeared upset to receive 20 out of 40 from the judges. Judge Christopher Dean complained that she was "relying on Lukasz" in her performance.


Viewers watching at home flocked to Twitter to slam the scoring. @kellymew_ tweeted: "Those scores were a bit tight, massive improvement from last week." And @Survivinthe20s asked: "They really have it in for Michelle, haven't they?"

@angyannorxx said: "The judges are so harsh to Michelle." @ChrisHydeCoope1 commented: "I thought Michelle was much improved. Shame about the judges scores."

@GreigChristie complained: "Overly harsh scores Michelle." @suzysasha questioned: "What? 5's for Michelle? She was bloody brilliant. Should've been 7 or 8's. I must be watching something different."

@ThomDWTS said: "Really hope the public keeps Michelle in she’s been undermarked the last two weeks #DancingOnIce." And @lewisd_f asked: "They’re a bit harsh on Michelle, no???"


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