The finale saw Joe and Perri and their respective pro partners Alex Murphy and Vanessa Bauer take to the ring for one last dance, after Libby Clegg failed to make the final two. Each couple earned perfect scores from the judges, but ultimately, the public vote saw Joe and Alex’s Bolero come out on top.
The reveal sparked a bout of outrage among some viewers, with many believing Perri deserved first place, especially following his death-defying backflip – a move no other Dancing on Ice contestant has ever attempted before.
perri & vanessas showcase skate has so many good bits you won't be able to pick just one! can we just talk about this routine perri was the first ever celebrity in #dancingonice history to attempt to do a backflip on ice and he smashed it!!! pic.twitter.com/1aWpsV2RG6
— Louise❤️ (@xloucliftonx) March 8, 2020
Following the winner announcement, fans took to social media to express their “shock” at the result.
— Shelley Clarke (@shelleydclarke) March 8, 2020
Biggest fix I’ve ever seen, Perri and Vanessa were well and truly robbed #DancingOnIce
— Jade (@jade_williams_) March 8, 2020
— Loz???? (@laurenxmac1) March 8, 2020
It wasn’t just the final dance that viewers thought had earned Perri the top spot – it was his performance throughout the show.
Can’t believe after performing like that throughout the whole season, Perri hasn’t been crowned winner, was in a complete other level I am just shocked #DancingOnIce
— el (@okaybuthes) March 8, 2020
But not everyone agreed, especially those who believed Perri had an advantage over his fellow contestants due to being a dancer (he is a member of street dance troupe Diversity).
There are always going to be people who are upset their favourite didn’t win. Don’t get me wrong Perri was amazing! But he had a huge advantage in my eyes and Joe didn’t #DancingOnIce #justmyopinion #doi
— Emily Shave (@Emily_92) March 8, 2020