ITV’s The Games in fix row after Mel B’s daughter Phoenix Chi wrongly awarded third place


EXCLUSIVE: ITV’s The Games in fix row after Mel B’s daughter Phoenix Chi wrongly awarded third place behind rival Chelcee Grimes who was given fourth position in 50m breaststroke

ITV show The Games is embroiled in a fix row after Phoenix Chi was wrongly awarded third place behind rival Chelcee Grimes, who was given fourth position in the 50m breaststroke.

Tensions were high at the end of Tuesday night’s live show when Mel B’s daughter Phoenix, 23, was placed third in the leaderboard above Chelcee, 30, despite commentator Simon Brotherton announcing the former footballer had triumphed over her in the swimming race.

MailOnline is told the result wasn’t changed even though the footage clearly showed that Chelcee finished ahead of Phoenix, sparking a favouritism row backstage, as the competitive stars felt ‘frustrated’ that their hard work wasn’t rewarded.

‘Frustrated’: ITV show The Games is embroiled in a fix row after Phoenix Chi was wrongly awarded third place behind rival Chelcee Grimes, who was given fourth position in the 50m breaststroke

A source revealed: ‘It became clear after watching back the footage from the 50m breaststroke that Chelcee beat Phoenix in the race despite her efforts not being reflected on the leaderboard.

‘A lot of people were dumbfounded the result wasn’t changed by producers for the sake of sporting integrity and fairness, leading to speculation there might be favouritism amongst the competitors.

‘Chelcee in particular, being a former sportswoman, felt frustrated she wasn’t awarded for her performance, and therefore her overall position in the competition will be impacted.’ 

Love Island’s Olivia Attwood, 31, won the race beating Lucrezia Millarini, 46, who finished runner-up at the London Aquatics Centre.

MailOnline has contacted ITV for comment. 

'Favouritism?': Tensions were high at the end of Tuesday's live show when Mel B's daughter Phoenix was placed third in the leaderboard above Chelcee despite commentator Simon Brotherton announcing the former footballer had triumphed over her in the swimming race

‘Favouritism?’: Tensions were high at the end of Tuesday’s live show when Mel B’s daughter Phoenix was placed third in the leaderboard above Chelcee despite commentator Simon Brotherton announcing the former footballer had triumphed over her in the swimming race 

Head in the game: The result wasn't changed even though the footage clearly showed that Chelcee (pictured in green) finished ahead of Phoenix, (in grey) sparking a favouritism row backstage, as the competitive stars felt 'frustrated' that their hard work wasn't rewarded

Head in the game: The result wasn’t changed even though the footage clearly showed that Chelcee (pictured in green) finished ahead of Phoenix, (in grey) sparking a favouritism row backstage, as the competitive stars felt ‘frustrated’ that their hard work wasn’t rewarded

Chelcee would have increased her lead on the overall leaderboard by two points rather than one had she been given the correct score for her third place finish, which would have placed a six point gap between herself and Phoenix. 

Ahead of Tuesday’s show, Chelcee acknowledged that swimming events were her weakest, saying: ‘Tonight I’m back in the pool, probably my worst event so I need even more screams through the TV tonight.’ 

On Monday, Chelcee marginally beat Phoenix in the 100m hurdles, later admitting the daughter of Spice Girl Mel B would be her biggest rival.  

She said: ‘I could feel her, even though the crowd are going wild you can hear the steps behind you, it’s almost like a scary movie but it was Phoenix.

‘She is my biggest competition so one and two, I’ll take that.’

Winning moment: Love Island's Olivia Attwood won the race beating Lucrezia Millarini who finished runner-up at the London Aquatics Centre

Winning moment: Love Island’s Olivia Attwood won the race beating Lucrezia Millarini who finished runner-up at the London Aquatics Centre

Competition: The leaderboard wrongly showed Phoenix above Chelcee following the 50m breaststroke race, while Olivia topped the chart and Emmerdale actress Rebecca Sarker came in last

Competition: The leaderboard wrongly showed Phoenix above Chelcee following the 50m breaststroke race, while Olivia topped the chart and Emmerdale actress Rebecca Sarker came in last 

Chelcee’s sporting background in football is a major factor as to why she’s one of the favourites to win The Games.

She previously played for Everton, Tottenham, Tranmere Rovers, and Fullam, having begun her playing for Liverpool Ladies at the age of 10.

The star quit the sport to pursue her music career, writing songs for artists including Dua Lipa, Kylie Minogue, and Little Mix. 

Mel B has been spotted in the crowd supporting her daughter and said on Instagram ahead of the launch: ‘Let The Games begin! Come on Phoenix YOU GOT THIS GIRL!’ 

'Let The Games begin': Spice Girl Mel B has been supporting her daughter from the crowd, writing on Instagram, 'You've got this girl' ahead of the show's launch on Monday

‘Let The Games begin’: Spice Girl Mel B has been supporting her daughter from the crowd, writing on Instagram, ‘You’ve got this girl’ ahead of the show’s launch on Monday

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