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'Dancing on Ice' Heidi Range: Katarina Witt comments felt personal'

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Dancing on Ice star Heidi Range has said she believes that judge Katarina Witt was biased against her.

The Sugababes singer, who was eliminated from the ITV contest along with Sebastien Foucan on Sunday (February 19), took issue with Witt's statement that she was unable to get herself into lifts like the other girls.

Heidi Range

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Judges Louie Spence, Robin Cousins and Katarina Witt

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"It was unfair because it was never said to any of the other girls, 'Oh he puts you in your lifts'," Range told The Sun. "With the other girls it was always acknowledged what they'd done to hold themselves and get into that lift.

"But with mine she seemed to dismiss how much effort I put into them. You have to go for it and hold yourself in there and it is terrifying. It was never said to any of the other girls. I took it personally because it was a point she made every week."

Heidi Range and Andrei Lipanov.

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Range added that she didn't appreciate Witt's comments given how much work she has put in to overcome her fear of lifts.

"Your skating is important but for the audience at home, they want to see the big lifts," she explained. "[Partner] Andrei Lipanov and I would go and practise for an hour each day off the ice - lifts, so I was getting used to the feelings so we could put those big elements into the routine.

"So I worked really hard on them and then it wasn't [noted], it was just like, 'Oh he put you there'. I don't think [Witt's] done lifts, she's an amazing, incredible skater but it did get to me a little bit."

Dancing on Ice continues Sunday (February 26) at 6.50pm on ITV1.

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