Dan Whiston insists Brendan Cole and Kimberly Wyatt don't have advantage on Dancing on Ice

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  • Brendan Cole
    Brendan Cole
    New Zealand dancer
  • Kimberly Wyatt
    Kimberly Wyatt
    American dancer and choreographer

Dan Whiston has insisted Dancing on Ice contestants Brendan Cole and Kimberly Wyatt don't have an unfair advantage on the show because of their dance background.

During an interview with Cover Media, the show's Associate Creative Director was asked to address critics who believe the former Strictly professional and Pussycat Doll have an advantage over their competitors due to their dance experience.

"I would say that they start at exactly the same position as everybody else," he stated. "They've never skated before and this is a skating competition. I would say that actually everyone's starting on the same footing, everyone's at the beginning."

He noted that having dance training may help them "later on in the competition" but pointed out the most talented skater doesn't always win the public-voted series.

"Often yes, dance training is really helpful for people during their journey on Dancing on Ice. Will it get them to the champion position? Will it get them to the trophy? Not necessarily," he shared. "Not always the best dancer will win Dancing on Ice, it's a lot more than just skating - it's personality, it's their journey, where they started.

"I think that potentially it can go to anyone and not necessarily the best skater will win. It will be the person that's had the biggest journey and conquered the most within their time on the show."

Whiston believes BMX star Kye Whyte could be this year's underdog while he expects Happy Mondays percussionist Bez to deliver one of the show's "magic moments".

"He might not technically be the best (dancer) but he's got something no one else is bringing and that's that personality of his," he explained. "He really is one in a million and we're really investing in that and giving him his chance to shine. You'll be amazed by what he does in his first show because honestly, it will make you smile all the way through."

Whiston is the Associate Creative Director of Dancing on Ice, which is back on our screens from Sunday 16 January.

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