Dancing on Ice ‘favouritism row’ after judge John Barrowman takes Ian ‘H’ Watkins and Matt Evers on boozy night out – The Sun

REALITY TV’s first same-sex dance couple Ian “H” Watkins and  Matt Evers sparked tears from Dancing On Ice judge John Barrowman last weekend.

But despite the historic moment, their closeness with John has been called into question by other stars backstage after the trio enjoyed a boozy night out together.

Ian and Matt had been rehearsing routines on Wednesday when John arrived to join them.

Later, they were pictured at Cardiff’s Ivy restaurant before enjoying a karaoke night at The Golden Cross pub — even sharing snaps of it on social media.

But the lively night out has led to several other stars grumbling about “favouritism” on the show.

One source said: “It’s not on for the judges to be cosying up to the people they are meant to be judging. They’re obviously great friends so, of course, the fear is they will be treated more positively.

“There is a long series ahead and hitting the town with the judges opens up a minefield of problems.

“A couple of us feel as though it’s not in the spirit of a fair contest.”

John joined the panel this year, after former show stalwart Jason Gardiner quit in the wake of a string of scandals.

It looks as though bosses aren’t short of controversy this series.

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