Dancing On Ice judges John Barrowman and Ashley Banjo have spoken out over criticism towards the show, after some viewers believed the show was "straining" the already overwhelmed hospitals and NHS staff.

Viewers took to social media about injured stars being taken to hospital amid the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic, and the news that the NHS are overwhelmed with the soaring number of admissions and cases.

Denise Van Outen, 46, was rushed to A&E after dislocating her shoulder, while Graham Bell accidentally sliced open his partner Yebin Mok's leg in a nasty accident.

Yebin had to stay overnight in hospital but has since been discharged, while another pro Andy Buchanan also made a dash to A&E after his partner Rebekah Vardy sliced his face open with her skate.

Over the weekend, viewers shared their thoughts online with many thinking the show was dangerous in the current climate.

Dancing on Ice 2021 John Barrowman
Dancing On Ice judges John Barrowman and Ashley Banjo have spoken out over criticism towards the show

But judge John shared what goes on behind-the-scenes, and revealed the injured stars are only taken to hospital if an injury is deemed more serious, and not able to be treated on site by their own medical team.

Speaking to The Mirror, he explained: "The thing is we've got medical people at the rink who work for the show, and they are first seen by them.

"if it is deemed to be more serious, then I'm sure the decision is thought about very carefully about where tog o and where to proceed with it.

Yebin was injured

"Yes, the NHS is the most important thing in the world at the moment and the frontline workers are taking care of people who are sick and infected in the Covid situation, but it's not thought of lightly when they have to take someone to the emergency room.

"There is no special treatment given, they are in line with everyone else. I'm not sure how to respond to those people, there's always gonna be people who criticise it but you have to look after people's health."

John added: "They'd be criticising us if we said we left them on the ice lying in pain for six hours, you know? There's not a balance there.

Denise Van Outen dislocated her shoulder in a painful accident

"We're trying to do everything we can in the situation we've been given."

Co-judge Ashley Banjo also discussed the issue, and raised the idea that while Dancing On Ice stars might not be deemed "essential workers", right now they're providing the country with some much-needed entertainment and light relief amid the third lockdown.

He said: "I think what is really interesting in this pandemic is how people view the world, and I think if somebody can't do their job or their job is key and essential, they might view our jobs as not so much which I think is interesting.

Dancing on Ice 2021 Ashley Banjo
Ashley asked people not to be so quick to judge

"What people have to remember is that it isn't just Covid and the pandemic and health that is being affected. Right now the country is suffering with mental health, economically, and my kids are nearly two and they have never been in a big play group, there are a lot of things on the table here.

"Every time we go out there and someone puts their self on the line, they're actually going out there to entertain people on a Sunday night, and they are going out there to earn a living and pay their mortgage, and put bread on their table for their families.

"So I don't think people should be so quick to judge what people are doing, and whether it's worth it or not. We are out there entraining people and hopefully making people feel better to escape the rubbish of the world.

"When people start calling people out, just look at your own life for a second and let everyone be, and everyone just be sensible and we can get through this in the best way we can."

Dancing On Ice airs Sundays at 6pm on ITV.