MacIntyre uncovers violent world of ice skating

Donal MacIntyre is set to release a no-holds barred book uncovering ice-skating related violence amongst rival supporters of contestants on the television show Dancing On Ice.

The Irish journalist – who cleverly infiltrated in the TV talent show this year as a contestant – said his new book Bollocks To Bolero concentrates on the ugly crowd battles throughout the celebrity dancing programme, but includes other elements such as foul play between judges and numerous instances of score-rigging.

He said: “It’s a hard-hitting book about my time on the show and some of the revelations are quite frankly astounding. I remember a time when one of the judges, Jason Gardiner, controversially marked down one a routine involving Mark Fowler from Eastenders. During a break in filming Phillip Schofield strolled over to the judges’ desk and slapped him hard across the face with the back of his hand. Everyone was shocked into stunned silence. You could have cut the atmosphere with a knife during the rest of that show.”

On another occasion, MacIntyre described how organized violence almost led to the show being cancelled: “Both Phillip and his co-host, Holly Willoughby, were bundled backstage to safety. Riot police armed with tear gas were called in to disperse the crowds, but were unable to hold anyone back due to slippage. Eventually someone found a bag of grit backstage and police were able to both contain and then separate the rioters. Luckily everything was tidied up before the end of the ad break.”

MacIntyre also revealed the unsurprising true reason why Todd Carty (from Grange Hill) got so far in the contest – vote rigging: “Todd Carty wasn’t anywhere near as good as either Tucker Jenkins or Mark Fowler, yet somehow, the votes cast for these two contestants ended up counting towards Todd. Now, you can’t tell me THAT’S not suspicious.”

Donal MacIntyre is currently working on an uncompromising Channel 5 documentary exposing the shockingly disproportionate number of gold tokens in the crystal dome section of the pub quiz machine version of The Crystal Maze, making winning impossible.

 

[22/06/2009]

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