By Cara Dudgeon

10th February 2020

Ian ‘H’ Watkins has been eliminated from Dancing on Ice

Image Source/ Milford Mercury

The 43-year-old singer – who is best known as a member of the pop group Steps – has become the latest celebrity to be voted off the ITV show.

After the decision was announced, H – who was partnered with skating professional Matt Evers – hailed the programme for championing diversity and urged Strictly Come Dancing to also introduce same-sex couples.

He said:

‘Strictly, it’s your turn now…’.

H was actually the first celebrity in the history of Dancing on Ice to compete within a same-sex couple.

But the singer was voted off the show after finding himself in the bottom two alongside magician Ben Hanlin, who the judges ultimately opted to save.

Meanwhile, Dancing on Ice presenter Phillip Schofield received heartfelt support from the show’s judges and the audience during the programme, after he recently came out as gay.

Ashley Banjo insisted he has “nothing but love and respect” for the veteran star, who was making his first TV appearance since he discussed his sexuality on This Morning on Friday (07.02.20).

After Phillip and his co-host Holly Willoughby introduced the judging panel, Ashley said:

‘Can I say just say Phil, big week and you have always been an absolute legend, but never more than this week, my friend.

‘And I think I speak on behalf of all of us when I say we have got nothing but love and respect for you’.

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