Dancing On Ice: Jason Gardner considers himself a better judge than Simon Cowell

by Anna Howell

Outspoken Dancing On Ice judge, Jason Gardner, has commented that he believes Simon Cowell can not be as helpful or constructive to the contestants he judges on The X Factor as Gardiner can on his ITV show, due to lack of first hand experience to improve the performances of singers.

Jason explained: “Simon is a successful music mogul and definitely knows what the trends are and what’s marketable.

“But does he know how to say to a singer, ‘This is how you need to support your diaphragm, this is how you need to project your voice, you need to pull back here’?’

“Can he use technical vocal terms in order to help them to improve their overall sound? Ultimately with a singing competition it comes down to the sound that you produce.

“And yes it’s the whole package – are they marketable do they have the image? All that kind of stuff he absolutely knows what he’s talking about.

“But the difference is I’m critiquing people on how to perform and how to dance and I definitely know from my background and 20 years of experience how to impart technical criticism in order for them to improve.”

Despite this, Gardner has admitted that he can see similarities between him and Cowell.

Both judges are considered the Big Bad Wolfe’s of their respective judging panels, but despite always receiving the shock factor and boo’s for negative opinions, contestants seem most keen to hear what they think of their performances compared to the other judges.

Speaking of his own role, Gardner commented: “Whenever I give a good mark or a very good critique, the looks on their faces are just amazing.

“It’s like all their hard work has been justified and I love seeing that. I love the fact that they get a kick out of, in effect, pleasing me.

“I do get a kick out of seeing them progress because of things that I’ve said to them. I have tremendous respect for those people who can actually take what I say on board and take it for what it is.”