Former Strictly Come Dancing pro James Jordan was crowned this year’s winner of Dancing on Ice on Sunday night — despite previously sustaining a shoulder injury during training.
Jordan and his skating partner Alexandra Schauman performed a jaw-dropping rendition of Bolero, the skating routine that won gold for judges Jayne Torvill and Chris Dean at the 1984 Winter Olympics.
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He only went and did it! Look back on @The_JamesJordan and @AlexandraLukasz's amazing time on the show, from Week 1 to the winning moment: https://t.co/4JB5NZeckQ #DancingOnIce pic.twitter.com/yz03j17fMg
— Dancing On Ice (@dancingonice) March 11, 2019
“I can’t believe it,” Jordan said after the final results were announced. “Oh my gosh. I couldn’t have given any more.”
The pair were up against Love Island’s Wes Nelson and his professional partner Vanessa Bauer, who claimed second place. Singer Saara Aalto was eliminated earlier in the show, despite achieving perfect 40s with pro partner Hamish Gaman.
Earlier in the show Holly Willoughby highlighted Jordan’s injury: “I want to point out that you are here tonight with a very serious injury in your shoulder, aren’t you?”
Jordan appeared reluctant to talk about the injury, replying: “I am. But I didn’t want to talk about that.”
— ITV (@ITV) March 10, 2019
Many viewers took to social media to congratulate Jordan on his “well deserved” win.
— Jack Walker (@JackTheFact29) March 10, 2019
Yaaaaas James Jordan you absolute babe! ? #DancingOnIce
— Daniel Laley (@danielabery90) March 10, 2019
Yessss James Jordan #DancingOnIce
— Toni McCullough (@Toni_689) March 10, 2019
Zoe Ball, who presents Strictly’s It Takes Two, wrote on Twitter that she was “chuffed” for Jordan. “Finally a trophy for you baby,” she added.
Flippin well done @The_JamesJordan ? so chuffed for you – tears here!!! Finally a trophy for you baby Xx
— Zoe Ball (@ZoeTheBall) March 10, 2019
However, some viewers thought that it seemed unfair that Jordan, a professional dancer, was in the final, preferring Love Island’s Nelson who has “no background in dancing”.
— Jessica Emily (@JessicaeHackney) March 10, 2019
James Jordan should never have won!! Already a pro dancer! Wes should have won. Coming from a back ground with no dancing experience!! Wrong choice winner ⛸⛸?? #DancingOnIce
— Maine Turley (@maineturley9) March 10, 2019
#DancingOnIce James Jordan will win but Wes is the real winner as he has no background in DANCING!?⛸??
— Matt Jones (@Matt19J) March 10, 2019
Do you think James Jordan was a worthy winner?