Oti Mabuse has shown her support for Ekin-Su Cülcüloğlu’s ‘sexiest ever’ Dancing On Ice routine after her performance received over 100 Ofcom complaints.
The talent show judge, 32, explained that ‘taking risks is important’ after viewers were left hot under the collar by the Love Island star’s costume.
Speaking on The Graham Norton Show on Friday, Oti jokingly admitted that she ‘would wear less all the time’ is she had Ekin-Su’s body.
No drama: Oti Mabuse, 32, addressed Ekin-Su Cülcüloğlu’s ‘sexiest ever’ Dancing On Ice routine after the performance received over 100 Ofcom complaints
Responding to the reaction, she explained: ‘It is so exciting to be part of a show that gets complaints!
‘I thought the outfit was really, really sexy and risk taking is what is important to me. If I had that body, I would wear less all the time!’
Adding on the new series, Oti said: ‘The first year I was very excited so this year I have a new attitude. I’m trying to be calm and not too screechy – my role is not to show how excited I am.’
Performance: The talent show judge explained that ‘taking risks is important’ after viewers were left hot under the collar by the Love Island star’s costume (Ekin-Su’s routine pictured)
Support: Speaking on The Graham Norton Show on Friday, Oti jokingly admitted that she ‘would wear less all the time’ is she had Ekin-Su’s body
But it didn’t go down so well with everyone, as the show received 112 Ofcom complaints following the routine – and the Turkish beauty found herself with the lowest number of public votes.
Daring: She explained: ‘It is so exciting to be part of a show that gets complaints! ‘I thought the outfit was really sexy and risk taking is what is important to me’
Ekin-Su was among the first batch of celebrities to take to the ice in the debut episode, dancing with partner Brendyn Hatfield.
She certainly brought some fire to the rink, stepping out in a nude mesh jumpsuit with a dramatically embellished detail.
The ensemble was a recreation of the one Britney Spears wore in her Toxic music video – which the reality star was dancing to.
Oh no: Her comments come after Ekin-Su sparked a number of complaints on Sunday evening with her debut Dancing On Ice performance
THAT crawl: The actress crawled across the ice during the performance, an ode to the famous Love Island scene (right)
The actress 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.
Ekin-Su and Brendyn were marked middle of the leaderboard by the judges, who gave a score of 21.5.
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
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.’
Many viewers also took to social media to brand the routine ‘not appropriate’ for the family show, which airs before the watershed.
Steamy: The ensemble was a recreation of the one Britney Spears wore in her Toxic music video – which the reality star was dancing to
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.
Appearing on Good Morning Britain this week, following his girlfriend’s performance, Davide applauded her efforts.
A fan: But the performane 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
Opinion: Host Holly Willoughby dubbed the routine the show’s ‘sexiest dance ever’
He said: ‘I was there watching her live from the audience, I think she’s doing well, obviously not just because she is my girlfriend.
‘She’s a strong woman, she knows what she wants, I think this will push her to try harder and get what she wants.’
He continued: ‘It is good for her because she will push herself even though she was sad for a few hours at first. The end of the day, this is the show it’s how things go.’
DANCING ON ICE 2023: MEET THE CONTESTANTS
PROFESSION: Actress and DJ
WHAT DID THEY SAY?: ‘I’ve turned it down before because I was terrified, but when I turned 50 I made a pact to get out of my confront zone. ‘
PROFESSION: Love Island star
WHAT DID THEY SAY?: ‘I’ve got some amazing news to tell you. I’m so excited, I can’t wait to get myself on the ice and skate. Stay tuned and see you on the ice.’
WHAT DID THEY SAY?: ‘I’ve not got the best coordination so when people find out they will laugh, but I don’t want to spend my life saying “I can’t do this, I can’t do that.”
PROFESSION: Ex TOWIE star
WHAT DID THEY SAY?: ‘I’m so excited. I wanted something in my life with structure and it’s more serious than what I usually do.’
PROFESSION: Actress and West End star
WHAT DID THEY SAY?: ‘I’m so excited that I get to learn how to dance…on ice! I’m terrified but can’t wait – I just want to make the most of this whole experience.’
WHAT DID THEY SAY?: ‘I want to learn how to skate and make my family proud of me and put on a show for everyone to see.’
PROFESSION: Former footballer and pundit
WHAT DID THEY SAY?: ‘I am definitely in it to win it.And this may be one of the scariest things I’ve ever signed up for but I couldn’t be more ready for the challenge!’
PROFESSION: Olympic gymnast
WHAT DID THEY SAY?: ‘I’ve not done much ice-skating but I am so excited for the opportunity. I’m so excited to get into that routine and to feel like an athlete again.’
JAMES LEE WILLIAM AKA THE VIVIENNE
PROFESSION: Drag queen
WHAT DID THEY SAY?: ‘To be the first drag artist to take part in one of the big UK reality competition shows is an honour and a big step forward for queer representation on TV.’
WHAT DID THEY SAY?: ‘I’ve got giant feet, I don’t skate and I can’t dance. My family has already made bets – they’re making bets that I’ll fall on the first episode!’
WHAT DID THEY SAY?: ‘I’ve always wanted to do it but I know I would never have been able to complete anything because of the way I was 18 months ago, so I’m really truly grateful that I’ve got it this year when I’m a lot stronger.’