Dancing On Ice: Ekin-Su impresses judges after Ofcom backlash

Ekin-Su returned to the ice with a bang (Picture: Rex Features)

Ekin-Su Culculoglu is no doubt relieved to have received applause from the Dancing On Ice judges following her latest skate, after a stressful week of criticism. 

The Love Island star has been at the centre of controversy after her racy outfit during the first week of the competition sparked Ofcom complaints. 

She then landed in the skate-off during week two before being saved over former footballer John Fashnu. 

However, Ekin-Su appeared to have a slightly better week after impressing the judges with her skate to So Long, Farewell from The Sound of Music alongside professional partner Brendyn Hatfield. 

The Turkish actress suffered a couple of stumbles during the skate but managed to stay upright on the ice, and received a score of 23. 

Judge Oti Mabuse offered Ekin-Su, 28, reassuring feedback, saying: ‘You should be really proud of yourself… I can see that you’re pushing yourself.’ 

Editorial use only Mandatory Credit: Photo by Matt Frost/ITV/Shutterstock (13737202dm) Ekin-Su? Culculoglu and Brendyn Hatfield 'Dancing On Ice' TV show, Series 15, Episode 3, Hertfordshire, UK - 29 Jan 2023

She received a score of 23 for her skate to The Sound of Music (Picture: Rex Features)
Ekin-Su’s first outfit sparked 112 Ofcom complaints (Picture: Rex Features)

Christopher Dean added: ‘You have come far from your first performance to this performance, you have improved and you’re looking more confident out there.’ 

Chris and Jayne Torvill admitted they had to deduct her score after spotting the ‘wobbles’ during the skate. 

However, an impressed Ashley Banjo was thrilled to see Ekin-Su ‘attempting things on [her] own’ and noted that she has ‘improved so much’. 

It comes after viewers complained to Ofcom about Ekin-Su’s sparkly silver leotard, which she wore during her first performance on the show. 

The television watchdog confirmed it received 112 complaints relating to Ekin-Su’s performance and outfit. 

Judge Oti Mabuse weighed in on the backlash and said she loved what she saw.

‘It is so exciting to be part of a show that gets complaints,’ she said while appearing on The Graham Norton Show, with the episode to air tonight.

‘I thought the outfit was really, really sexy and risk taking is what is important to me.’

She added: ‘If I had that body, I would wear less all the time!’

Dancing On Ice airs Sundays at 6pm on ITV1.

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An investigation is a formal process which can take some time depending on the complexity of the issues involved.

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