Dancing On Ice's Dan Whiston defends Ekin-Su's sexy outfits after backlash

Dancing On Ice creative director Dan Whiston has no time for criticism of Ekin-Su Cülcüloğlu’s outfits.

The Love Island winner, 28, grew incredibly tearful when she became the third celebrity to be eliminated from the 2023 series, after losing out in the skate-off to Patsy Palmer.

But Ekin-Su certainly didn’t have an easy ride on the skating show, having sparked literal Ofcom complaints with her figure-hugging outfits.

Taking to the ice in week one, the Turkish actress recreated her iconic crawl across the terrace to Britney Spears tune Toxic, really getting into character and donning a sparkly silver leotard with a nude bodysuit underneath.

The risqué routine proved too much for some social media users to handle, though, as the reality star received immense backlash for the sexy routine.

Having none of it, Dan – who started on the show as a pro skater and has appeared in every series since Dancing On Ice’s inception – told Metro.co.uk that he couldn’t wrap his head around why people were so worked up.

‘At the end of the day, we’re celebrating Ekin-Su and her personality, we’re not doing anything that she doesn’t want to do. She really enjoyed the part. And, as an actress, she played the part.

‘For example, if you watch the Britney Spears routine, a lot of inspiration came from Britney’s video, so she was getting into the whole creative of Britney and acting the part.’

He added: ‘Also, the costume, I was really surprised with how much attention the costume got. It was a full bodysuit! Even though it looked like she might have had her midriff or her legs out, it was all body stocking, so she was completely covered up in a catsuit! But the bikini was on the top of it, so it amazed me how much backlash it got.’

His response?

‘She just looked absolutely fantastic. She celebrated girl power and she’s got a beautiful shape, and why not show it off?

‘Be proud of it and be strong, girl power is what I say!’

Dan also said Ekin-Su was really moved by all the support she received, still surprised despite the fact that she boasts an online following of 3.2million.

Praising her as ‘joyous to work with’, Dan said: ‘It was very interesting to speak to her because she was so emotional about the response on social media, she was really touched by how much support she had out there, but there were also a lot of people who weren’t very nice on social media, which was quite surprising in the sense that, it can get out of hand.

‘She’s got a huge following on socials, but she was amazed by how much support was out there for her, so it was a bit of a shock to see her go.’

Dan said Ekin-Su worked ‘so hard’ throughout her time on the show and she was ‘great energy to have around.’

‘She really wanted to do well but, unfortunately, that is the nature of the beast, somebody has to go every week and it was just Ekin-Su’s last week.’

Dan was also keen to fight off rumours that some contestants might have an ‘unfair advantage’, such as champion gymnast Nile Wilson, who has wowed the panel with his tricks and flips.

‘Everybody starts at the same point, and that is learning to skate,’ Dan explained, adding that people of different fields will have advantages in certain areas.

‘If someone’s an actress, they’ve got that ability of acting out the role, they can do a love story and really sell it. Nile, as an Olympian, he might be able to do a flip off the ice, you might have an athlete who is super fit or flexible.

‘But actually, once you boil that pot down and you look at the substance in front of you, everybody has to learn how to skate.

‘No matter what advantage it might look like from the outside, everybody has to learn to skate and that is a completely new skill set.’

Dancing On Ice continues Sunday on ITV1.

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