Caprice, 48, was saved from the chop following a skate off with ex Blue Peter presenter Radzi Chinyanganya – but the decision wasn’t a universally popular one on Twitter.
Some furious social media users slammed the result as a ‘fix’ and Caprice, who has commanded dramatic headlines over the last week after her ‘split’ from DOI partner Hamish Gaman, also came in for criticism.
“What a joke.. Caprice? Are you serious?” tweeted another disgruntled observer.
And a third person, who slammed the decision as a “carve up”, claimed: “Judges running scared to send Caprice home!”
I think it was probably the right decision for the skate off.
However, rink rival Matt Evers – who partners Ian ‘H from Steps’ Watkins in the current series – has defended controversial Caprice.
Reflecting on why he thinks she has failed to win over viewers, Matt told Heart.co.uk: “With Caprice, it was the change in professional partners, they’ve only had a few days together so it takes a long time to build that chemistry.
“That’s what the judges picked up on in their marks and then all the stuff in the press. With Caprice I think the public are not behind her at the minute, so I think it was probably the right decision for the skate off.”
Matt – who has previously been paired up with Gemma Collins for the ITV series – also indicated there is a duty to ‘protect’ celebs who are out of their comfort zone, especially if drama begins to unfold away from the ice.
Noting DOI is first and foremost a piece of entertainment, he said: “With all my partners for the past 12 seasons I try to keep them in a protective bubble because it can take away from the skating. When we’re on the ice you have to be so focused and so concentrated.”
Matt also gave fans a little clue about what to expect next week as he teased he and H would be performing something slightly “obscure” during the fairytale-themed episode.
– Dancing On Ice airs on ITV on Sundays at 6pm
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