Dancing On Ice contestant Suzanne Shaw has blasted the final series of the ITV show, accusing it of taking itself too seriously.
The singer and actress – who was champion in 2008 – became the latest celebrity to be eliminated from the all-star competition last Sunday, making a shock exit after finding herself in the skate-off with Kyran Bracken.
However she has now claimed the producers are putting too much pressure on those taking part to be competitive.
“I think the programme is there so you can have fun, but it has become far too serious,” Suzanne complained.
“It should be a celebration of Jayne (Torvill) and Chris (Dean), their nine years on it, and their 30th anniversary of winning the Olympics.
“It should be about that, not people trying to be as good as people who are in the Olympics. I think the show itself has become too serious, not the people competing in it.”
She went on to explain: “Every time you do an interview with them for the show videos they say, ‘You want to win, don’t you, and how much do you want this and how much do you need it?’
“I said, ‘Well I don’t want to be coming across like it’s the be all and end all. My dad died of a brain tumour 18 months ago, that’s what’s really important, not this show.’
“I didn’t want to buy into the game. I would come home feeling frustrated that I just wanted to enjoy it and I’m not being able to take it with a pinch of salt, and be funny and be happy with it.”
The 32-year-old – who tipped Sam Attwater as the contestant to watch – added that in some ways it had been a relief to be knocked out of the competition, although admitted she had mixed emotions about her exit.
“It’s like a weight lifted off my shoulders but I’m gutted that I went out when I had so much more to give. Then also, I felt I have got my life back,” she said.
I understand it because they wanted to go out with a bang, but for me I wanted to enjoy it a bit more and do it for nostalgic reasons rather than taking it so seriously that it became life or death.
Dancing On Ice continues on ITV at 6.15pm on Sunday night.