DANCING On Ice’s Perri Kiely defended Joe Swash’s shock win as he insist he “achieved all I wanted to and more”.
The Diversity star stunned throughout the show as he consistently bagged the highest scores for his routines.
Then on Sunday’s finale, he pulled out all the stops with a backflip on the ice and the “best Bolero ever seen” on the show, according to Christopher Dean.
Fans were in shock when it turned out former EastEnders actor Joe and his pro partner Alex Murphy took first place instead of him.
However, Perri took to Instagram to defend his defeat, saying: “I couldn’t have asked for a better week to end it all.
“I just want to say thank you for all the messages and those showing the love. And I’m getting loads of messages saying, ‘gutted you didn’t win’ and stuff.
“I know it sounds super cheesy and ‘of course you’re going to say that’ buit I feel I’ve achieved all I wanted to and more.
“When I first got asked to do the show I wanted to push myself as much as I could and do stuff that’s never been done on the ice before.
“And also Joe… Alex… You guys are like… you guys are just sick. Honestly, I’ve made friends for life. Joe you are an absolute legend.
“It’s rare to do shows like this and leave with genuine friends but I feel like I really have.
“I’m surprised proud of the whole journey. I’ve loved every single minute of it. Congratulations Joe and Alex.”
Viewers were shocked after bookies favourite Perri was defeated at the finale – with many claiming he had been “robbed”.
Flocking to social media, cynics have now claimed that producers arranged the victory to support their ITV talent.
One wrote: “So the winner and his partner both work for @ITV and people still think its not fixed?
“A blind man’s dog would tell you that #Perri was by far the better skater and most deserving winner..”
Another moaned: “Well that was fixed wasn’t it. Perri does a backflip and smashes the Bolero.
“Fits in with with ITV as that dopey Joe & his girlfriend are on the payroll. Perri, you were f***ing robbed.”
A third seethed: “How the hell does Joe win?? Perri gave us a masterclass through the whole series and doesn’t win!!!
“It’s obviously fixed, just cant believe what I have just witnessed, who checks the votes, coz there needs to be a recount”.
A rep for ITV told The Sun Online: “The final of Dancing On Ice was a public vote and the winner was chosen by the viewers.”
Even the Dancing On Ice judges seemed shocked by the father-of-two’s victory last night, with the moment they discovered he was the winner caught on camera.
After Joe’s name was called out, the camera cut to John Barrowman, Ashley Banjo, Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean making their way down to the ice to offer their congratulations.
All four appeared stumped by the news, with John even seen saying “wow” to Jayne, with his mouth wide open as she turned to him.
Ashley also appeared to be confused by the turn of events, with the 31-year-old star close friends with finalist Perri.
The final voting figures were close, with Joe securing 50.53% and Perri painfully close behind with 49.47%.