Ekin-Su Cülcüloğlu brushes off Dancing On Ice Ofcom complaints as she gets back to rehearsals


Ekin-Su Cülcüloğlu got to work on Thursday as she was spotted training with Dancing On Ice partner Brendyn Hatfield.

The former Love Island star, 28, is preparing to face another celebrity in the skate-off this Sunday to fight for her place in the competition, after receiving the lowest amount of votes during the launch show. 

She appears to have brushed off the controversy surrounding her performance, which was dubbed the show’s ‘sexiest ever’ performance and led to over 100 Ofcom complaints. 

Ekin-Su Cülcüloğlu brushes off Dancing On Ice Ofcom complaints as she gets back to rehearsals with partner Brendyn Hatfield – ahead of appearing in the skate off

Training for the show, Ekin-Su donned a pair of bright red leggings with a grey sweatshirt, which had ‘Paris’ printed on the front.

Her brunette tresses were left to fall in a straight style as she opted for a natural palette of bronzed makeup.

While partner Brendyn sported a pair of grey trousers with a black sweatshirt as he guided the star along the ice. 

She appeared hard at work during the training, gliding across the ice on one foot while lifting the other in the air. 

Tough: She appeared hard at work during the training, gliding across the ice on one foot while lifting the other in the air

Tough: She appeared hard at work during the training, gliding across the ice on one foot while lifting the other in the air

Casual: Training for the show, Ekin-Su donned a pair of bright red leggings with a grey sweatshirt, which had 'Paris' printed on the front

Skating: While she had nude skates on for the training

Casual: Training for the show, Ekin-Su donned a pair of bright red leggings with a grey sweatshirt, which had ‘Paris’ printed on the front

Beauty: Her brunette tresses were left to fall in a straight style as she opted for a natural palette of bronzed makeup

Beauty: Her brunette tresses were left to fall in a straight style as she opted for a natural palette of bronzed makeup

Ekin-Su sparked controversy with her performance during Sunday evening’s launch show of the skating competition as she recreated her famous crawling scene from Love Island.

And she gave the routine 100%, with host Holly Willoughby even dubbing the routine the show’s ‘sexiest dance ever’.

But the performance didn’t quite get the reaction she was hoping for, with Ofcom receiving 112 complaints from the public following the episode. 

Simple look: While partner Brendyn sported a pair of grey trousers with a black sweatshirt as he guided the star along the ice

Simple look: While partner Brendyn sported a pair of grey trousers with a black sweatshirt as he guided the star along the ice

Practice makes perfect: The pair practiced a series of lifts as they perfected the performance ahead of the skate-off next Sunday

Practice makes perfect: The pair practiced a series of lifts as they perfected the performance ahead of the skate-off next Sunday

Many were quick to hit out at Ekin-Su’s sequin-emblazoned jumpsuit, which was a recreation of the one Britney Spears wore in her Toxic music video – which the reality star was dancing to.

While the actress also crawled across the ice during the performance, an ode to the famous Love Island scene in which she crawled around the villa’s terrace to kiss fellow islander Jay Younger behind partner Davide Sanclimenti’s back. 

The sultry routine also saw her lie on her back and be swept up into partner Brendyn’s arms, with a slew of animated facial expressions.

Routine: The controversy came after she recreated her famous crawling scene from Love Island

Routine: The controversy came after she recreated her famous crawling scene from Love Island

Plan of action: After finding out they were in the skate-off, Brendyn explained to the judges and hosts that he and Ekin-Su would be 'practicing hard' all week

Plan of action: After finding out they were in the skate-off, Brendyn explained to the judges and hosts that he and Ekin-Su would be 'practicing hard' all week

Plan of action: After finding out they were in the skate-off, Brendyn explained to the judges and hosts that he and Ekin-Su would be ‘practicing hard’ all week  

Complaints: Ekin-Su sparked controversy with her performance during Sunday evening's launch show of the skating competition - which was dubbed the show's 'sexiest ever' performance

Complaints: Ekin-Su sparked controversy with her performance during Sunday evening’s launch show of the skating competition – which was dubbed the show’s ‘sexiest ever’ performance

Ekin-Su and Brendyn were marked middle of the leaderboard by the judges, who gave a score of 21.5.

But while they agreed that the star certainly had sex appeal, they were hoping for a little more from the performance. 

‘It was very sexy. But what I want more of is the skating,’ said judge Jayne Torvill. Ashley was in agreement as he said: ‘Skate on your own without holding on to Brendyn, show us what you can do.’ 

Busy: Brendyn and Ekin-Su appeared hard at work for the training as they kept concentration up

Busy: Brendyn and Ekin-Su appeared hard at work for the training as they kept concentration up

Working on it: Giving feedback on the previous performance, the judges explained that they wanted to see more skating, and less of Ekin-Su holding on to her partner

Sultry: 'It was very sexy. But what I want more of is the skating,' said judge Jayne Torvill

Working on it: Giving feedback on the previous performance, the judges explained that they wanted to see more skating, and less of Ekin-Su holding on to her partner

Dancing On Ice moments that sparked Ofcom complaints

1. Jason Gardner’s feud with Karen Barber: Ex-judge Jason sparked 3,000 Ofcom complaints when he told the former Head Coach: ‘Karen if your opinion mattered, you’d still be on the panel’.

2. Rufus Hound sounds off: 341 viewers complained to Ofcom after the comedian launched an attack on the government’s handling of free school meals during the 2020 series

3. Holly Willoughby wore THAT dress: On the same episode, Holly sparked 52 complaints from viewers over her plunging pink gown which some thought innapropriate for the family show

4. Rita Ora performs after breaking rules: 78 viewers sounded off over Rita’s performing on the 2021 series which came after she was caught breaching Covid-19 lockdown rules 

5. Gemma Collins’ feud with Jason Gardiner: 83 viewers complained to Ofcom when the TOWIE star accused the judge of being ‘a bully’ during the 2019 series

Many viewers also took to social media to brand the routine ‘not appropriate’ for the family show, which airs before the watershed. 

But the performance was a hit with Ekin-Su’s boyfriend Davide, who sat in the audience and teased that he ‘couldn’t wait’ to take her home.

Later in the show, the public vote revealed that the Love Island star received the lowest number of public votes and will face a skate-off in next week’s show, alongside one other star.

Something different? Many viewers also took to social media to brand her previous routine 'not appropriate' for the family show, which airs before the watershed

Something different? Many viewers also took to social media to brand her previous routine ‘not appropriate’ for the family show, which airs before the watershed



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