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Ice Ice Baby Ben Foden's wife Jackie slams Dancing on Ice as 'unfair' after elimination

She branded Dancing on Ice as a “popularity competition” and said that getting the public to vote for their favourite celebrities is “nonsense.”

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Jackie Belanoff and Ben Foden on their wedding day (Instagram)

Jackie Belanoff and Ben Foden on their wedding day (Instagram)

Jackie Belanoff and Ben Foden on their wedding day (Instagram)

Ben Foden’s wife Jackie Belanoff-Smith has slammed Dancing on Ice as “unfair” and “pointless” after he was the first skater to be booted from the competition.

The rugby player, who is the ex-husband of The Saturdays singer Una Healy, was eliminated from the show on Sunday night with his partner Robin Johnstone after going head-to-head against presenter Ria Hebden and her partner Łukasz Różycki.

And his American wife Jackie, with whom he has a daughter, Farrah, was less than impressed that Ben was sent packing and took to social media to share her thoughts about the ITV show in a lengthy rant.

She branded Dancing on Ice as a “popularity competition” and said that getting the public to vote for their favourite celebrities is “nonsense.”

She began her Instagram tirade by saying: “So my thoughts on last night... (You all knew the rant was coming). I’m so so proud of you Benny, I couldn’t love you more.

“You are a beautiful person inside and out, I’m so proud of how far you pushed yourself, I know you put your heart and soul into this show.

“I wish I got to see you develop even more and wish we could have seen how far you could have gotten in the skill of skating. But I’m so proud of you regardless, you did your best and you were awesome.”

“As for the show, what's the point of saying it's a skate competition when it's really just a popularity competition? Why divide the skaters into two weeks, groups of your choosing, and why not judge all their scores together after the two weeks?"

Continuing her rant, she said: “What's the point of getting a bunch of people together and then not judging them together afterwards? And what's the point of having a judging panel when it's all down to a public vote?

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“That’s not a skate competition, it’s a popularity competition. What's the point of anyone doing this really practicing and trying to learn if you're just going to be judged on your popularity?

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“It's a bit unfair, and we're a bit sad, the worst skater wasn't the first to go, I don't really see the point. Yes, it's how the show makes money but maybe leave the public vote for the save me skate offs or something?

“Otherwise, it’s just kind of pointless to even try,” the mum-of-one added.

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