Perri does death-defying backflip – but fans furious with DOI pro skaters

Perri Kiely risked serious injury in the Dancing on Ice final with a death-defying backflip.

The Diversity star performed a dangerous move that no one has attempted before on the show during the live final.

Even Perri seemed stunned that he had pulled off the sensational backflip as he wobbled but remained on his feet and hugged the pro skaters.

Close friend Ashley Banjo jumped up on his seat and admitted he was "lost for words" and shaking.

Perri received a staggering perfect score of 40 from the judges after nearly landing on his head during the expert move – but fans were left furious with the pro skaters.


Taking to Twitter , one viewer said: "Underwhelmed sadly most of the routine was skated by the pros Perri just rolled around the floor and did a very impressive backflip on ice"

"Perri was hardly in the routine, they had more professionals in his routine than they would in an actual group routine and is it just me or did he not land the backflip properly?

A third said: "Needed more of Perri and Vanessa less of the pros in that dance! He’s amazing on his own/in his couple – they didn’t really need anything else – brilliant back flip!"


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After performing the move, Perri said: "I do backflips for days on the floor. Bringing it to the ice, completely different ball game."

Holly Willoughby , who didn’t want to see replay, confessed: "I’m so relieved it's over."

Ashley said: "I’m lost for words. I’m literally a bit shaky. That reminded me of the first time I saw you perform in a show. It's not easy. The ice, the skate, the guts to go for that one live TV. Honestly, amazing."


Jayne Torvill admitted the backflip was one of the most exciting things she had ever seen on the ice, while John Barrowman claimed it was "absolutely fabulous"

Chris Dean added: "I just want to say the amount of effort and time you put into this and how dangerous it is not having ever done on it before. A lot of people get hurt during this.

Many viewers flocked to Twitter to praise Perri for his sensational first routine.

One fan said: "Amazing Perri, you were so brave and FABULOUSSSSSSS XX"

"Wow ….just wow!! Amazing skating….and a backflip on ice!!," added another.

A third said: "Well that was just amazing! Well done to Perri and Vanessa on that routine. His routines have been my favourite every week and I’m rooting for him to win."

*Dancing on Ice airs Sundays on ITV at 6pm

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