Philip Schofield slams accusations that Gemma Collins’ Dancing on Ice survival is fixed

Phillip Schofield fix

by Marianna Manson |
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Phil Schofield has hit back at fan suspicions that he knew Gemma Collins would get through Dancing on Ice at the weekend

After Gemma Collins’ dramatic fall on the ice last week, her confidence had (understandably) taken a knock and she scored the lowest score of the season with just 13.5 points – the real shocker being that her highest score of four points came from arch nemesis Jason Gardiner.

But when Phil made a throw-away comment after Gemma broke down in tears, some fans speculated that he’d just let slip that the show is a fix.

“Well, you’ve got next week as well,” said Phil, live on air. “So you’ve got the whole week to build back up again.”

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Gaynor Faye, 2006

Emmerdale actress Gaynor Faye won the first ever series of Dancing On Ice alongside her professional ice skating partner Daniel Whiston, under the watchful eye of judges Robin Cousins, Karen Barber, Nicky Slater, Jason Gardiner and Karen Kresge.

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Kyran Bracken, 2007

Rugby player Kyran Bracken won the show - and the hearts of viewers - in the second series. Beating Clare Buckfield in the final showdown, Kyran won with his professional partner Melanie Lambert.

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Suzanne Shaw, 2008

Hear'Say singer Suzanne Shaw won the 2008 series with professional ice skater Matt Evers. Both of their final performances scored a perfect 30/30, which was the first time that had happened on the show, beating runner-up Chris Fountain.

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Ray Quinn, 2009

The X Factor star-turned-Broadway star Ray Quinn won the show in 2009 alongside his professional partner Maria Filippov. The couple beat out journalist Donal MacIntyre and his partner Florentine Houdinière with their final performance. He also won the returners' series in 2014.

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Hayley Tamaddon, 2010

Corrie and Emmerdale actress Hayley won with second-time winner Daniel Whiston, beating Hollyoaks star Gary Lucy to the top spot. She also made it to the final of the returners' show in 2014, finishing second to Ray Quinn.

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Sam Attwater, 2011

EastEnders' actor Sam Attwater won the coveted prize of first place in 2011 wth his partner Brianne Delcourt, beating TV presenter Laura Hamilton. The pair also returned for the 2014 series, but finished fourth.

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Matthew Wolfenden, 2012

Emmerdale actor Matthew Wolfenden won the 2012 series with his professional ice skating partner Nina Ulanova, beating fellow soap star Jorgie Porter to the top. This was also the year that Louie Spence joined the judging panel, if you remember...

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Beth Tweddle, 2013

Olympic champion gymnast Beth Tweddle won the 2013 series alongside her partner Daniel Whiston in his THIRD win on the show. She beat out EastEnders actor Matt Lapinskas and his partner Brianne Delcourt, and came third in the 2014 returners' series with Łukasz Różycki.

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Jake Quickenden, 2018

The X Factor and I'm A Celeb! runner-up Jake Quickenden finally won a reality show when he took part in Dancing On Ice in 2018 with his professional partner Vanessa Bauer, beating Coronation Street's Brooke Vincent - and she was NOT happy.

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James Jordan, 2019

James Jordan and Alexandra Schauman won 2019's trophy despite some fierce competition from Love Island's Wes Nelson and his partner, last year's winning professional Vanessa Bauer.Judges called their rendition of the famous Bolero "the best the show had ever seen" despite the first dance of the final failing to top the leader board. Early on in the 2019 competition, James was criticized for having an unfair advantage over the other contestants because of his extensive dancing experience.

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Joe Swash, 2020

Joe Swash and Alex Murphy took home the 2020 trophy, despite Diversity's Peri Kiely being the bookies favourite since the beginning of the competition.However, it wasn't all plain sailing for Joe throughout the competition. Not only did he find himself at the bottom of the leaderboard in week three and have an ear infection, he also had to swap professional dance partners after Alexandra Schauman fell and injured herself during rehearsals, forcing her to drop out of the show.

And now Phil, whoco-hosts the show with Holly Willoughby, has hit back at claims he knew Gemma would be back, saying he was just trying to reassure and comfort the distraught star.

“Sorry for consoling a crying contestant,” he wrote on his Twitter page.


Ooh, sassy Phil.

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Holly Willoughby Philip Schofield Dancing in Ice

As the ‘fix’ accusations predictably poured into the comments sections, Phil refused to back down.

“WE ARE INDPENDENTLY ADJUDICATED!!!” he type-shouted (in caps). “All votes are checked and agreed by an independent company.”

And to another he said, “I said [the comment] to Gemma cos she was crying. Oh btw… it’s illegal to fix tv shows and I wouldn’t work on one that was.”

And with a reputation as one of the nicest men in TV, is it any wonder that Phil wanted to console a sobbing Gemma with a ‘better luck next time’ approach?

The brunt of the accusations came as fans were left incredulous that Gemma had made it through another show, after her low scores this week and last week’s fall.

But hey, we believe you, Phil.

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