Dancing On Ice receive Ofcom complaints after Rita Ora performs on show following lockdown breach

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Dancing On Ice has been hit by more drama after receiving Ofcom complaints following Rita Ora's performance.

Rita, 30, appeared on Sunday night's episode of the hit ITV show to perform her latest single Bang Bang, a collaboration with DJ Imanbek.

But viewers were left unimpressed by her appearance after the singer has been under fire for flouting lockdown rules a number of times during the ongoing pandemic.

Fans of the skating show took to social media in wake of the performance to announce their disappointment in the programme, hosted by Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby, booking the Masked Singer detective.

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Viewers flocked to social media to discuss their disappointment in the show, with one writing: "Why is Rita Ora still being booked for things like #dancingonice when she's openly flouted lockdown rules multiple times?

"Like come on, if there are no consequences for people just brazenly breaking the rules, then they're just going to keep on doing it!"

A second added: "I'm really cross you have rita ora on your show after the way she has total disrespect and lack of regard for other people with her breaking covid restrictions during her birthday celebrations. Don't think itv should be promoting her [sic]."


Meanwhile, a third sarcastically wrote: "Inviting rita ora who loves a good lockdown breach onto a show that may have to start sending the makeup artists on to skate since they're all dropping like flies, seems a smart idea [sic]"

With another commenting: "Could someone tell Rita Ora that we're in lockdown? She's absolutely everywhere… I bet she's the one spreading it. She's single-handedly keeping the country in lockdown!"

Another launched attack at the show's hosts, writing: "How can Holly and Phil lay into covid rule breaking influencers in Dubai and support Rita Ora being on Dancing on Ice with applause and credit?"

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But it seems the viewers took their disappointment further than social media, with broadcasting regulator Ofcom revealing they have received complaints about the singer's appearance.

They confirmed to The Sun that 78 people had got in touch to complain about Rita's performance on Sunday night.

It is believed that Rita's performance was pre-recorded before the series even started as she has spent the last two weeks quarantining in Australia ahead of her stint as a coach on the country's series of The Voice.

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Rita was seen being met by an army escort as she touched down in Australia after breaching UK coronavirus guidelines earlier this month.

She had been given permission to leave the UK and travel to Sydney for work commitments as she prepares to start her new job as a coach on The Voice.

After being branded "selfish" by British police when she broke lockdown rules in November by holding a birthday party in London restaurant Casa Cruz, Rita was escorted to her quarantine hotel by the army as she arrived Down Under.

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