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Strictly viewers accuse judge Shirley Ballas of ‘harsh’ criticism

Strictly Come Dancing viewers accused show judge Shirley Ballas of overtaking fellow panellist Craig Revel Horwood as the series ‘baddie’ as she came under fire for her harsh comments on Saturday night.

Programme fans claimed head judge Shirley, 62, was favouring certain contestants over others, with audience members slamming her for being particularly harsh towards singer Fleur East, 34, and comedian Ellie Taylor, 38, with one person noting: ‘She’s rivalling Craig for baddie of the week!’

After watching radio host Fleur perform, Shirley said: ‘There were too many foot faults for me… It never got enough flow for me.’

Harsh comments? Strictly Come Dancing viewers accused show judge Shirley Ballas, 62, of overtaking fellow panellist Craig Revel Horwood, 57, as the series ‘baddie’ on Saturday

She told Ellie: ‘I can appreciate the shape when you were in plain hold, it had some decent footwork, but for me it lacked completely the essence of Pasodoble.

Fending off boos from the audience, she said: ‘Let me finish. I didn’t get the Spanish feeling… It just missed for me.’

Taking to Twitter to express their disappointment with Shirley’s comments, one person remarked: ‘Shirley is the new Craig tonight. Her comments towards Fleur and Ellie T tonight have been awful. #Strictly.’

Changing roles? Craig was previously known as Strictly Come Dancing's Mr Nasty but it seems the roles are changing

Changing roles? Craig was previously known as Strictly Come Dancing’s Mr Nasty but it seems the roles are changing

Someone else wrote: ‘Sorry but the scoring is again all over the place. Shirley being much harder on the female celebs again. I don’t mind Craig. He’s Craig. But Shirley is so transparent sadly. #Strictly.’

While another person posted: ‘I feel like the judges have favourites especially Shirley she’s harsh on James, Fleur and Will tonight and actually James and Fleur deserved higher scores I don’t get why the judges over mark and under mark. #Strictly.’

Demanding BBC bosses take what Shirley said into account, another viewer wrote: ‘@bbcstrictly The BBC needs to do something about Shirley’s dislike of Fleur East. It is clear from her comments, facial expressions and body language that she’s got it in for Fleur. Not a Fleur East fan but think everybody deserves a fair crack of the whip.’

Unimpressed: Programme fans claimed head judge Shirley was favouring certain contestants over others, with audience members slamming her for being particularly harsh

Unimpressed: Programme fans claimed head judge Shirley was favouring certain contestants over others, with audience members slamming her for being particularly harsh

While another audience member shared: ‘When craig’s comments are nicer than Shirley’s and his score is higher than Shirley’s, you know Shirley’s hatred for young women has struck.’

‘When Shirley is scoring less than Craig.. you know it’s slightly personal,’ tweeted another viewer.

While someone else wrote: ‘Snide little comment from Shirley – disguised as all nicely nice there about Kym about her earrings. #Strictly.’

Views: Strictly Come Dancing viewers took to Twitter in their droves to remark on Shirley's strict comments

Views: Strictly Come Dancing viewers took to Twitter in their droves to remark on Shirley’s strict comments

Molly Rainford and Carlos Gu topped the leaderboard on Strictly Come Dancing on Saturday.

The 21-year-old actress has been paired up with professional dancer Carlos, 28, as she takes part in the BBC Latin and Ballroom competition and the couple scored a total of 65 following their performance the Quickstep.

Following the victory, Molly told host Claudia Winkleman: ‘I forgot I had to dance a little bit in the beginning! It’s my favourite song as you know so I feel like that alone got me through the dance. 

Strictly Come Dancing 2022: Molly Rainford topped Saturday night's leaderboard in the second live show with partner Carlos Gu

Strictly Come Dancing 2022: Molly Rainford topped Saturday night’s leaderboard in the second live show with partner Carlos Gu

Suited: Molly and Carlos took to the dancefloor in bright pastel coloured suits as they danced a Quickstep to a cover of Beyonce's Love on Top - which Molly admitted was her 'favourite song'

Suited: Molly and Carlos took to the dancefloor in bright pastel coloured suits as they danced a Quickstep to a cover of Beyonce’s Love on Top – which Molly admitted was her ‘favourite song’

‘I was a little bit concerned about playing with umbrellas because I had to walk down some stairs last week so I was like, “Please make it easy!” 

‘My best friend Kira is here and she is all about positive mental attitude, she’s always saying, “Manifest this, Molly, you’ve got this!”‘

After their performance, judges Craig Revel Horwood and Anton DuBeke granted the pair an 8 out of 10, while Motsi Mabuse wanted to ‘start the evening all over again’ with the couple and – along with head judge Shirley Ballas – granted the pair a score of 9, which when combined with their score last week gave them a leading total of 65.

Tears: Fleur East got emotional following her performance, shedding a tear as she admitted emotions had 'built up' throughout the week'

Tears: Fleur East got emotional following her performance, shedding a tear as she admitted emotions had ‘built up’ throughout the week’

Elegant: The singer donned a blush gown for the impactful dance as she embraced her partner

Feeling: The emotive performace was full of passion as they took to the stage

Elegant: The singer donned a blush gown for the impactful dance as she embraced her partner

The rest of the leaderboard was filled up with the likes of former Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps actor Will Mellor, who gained total of 26 points with partner Nancy Xu, whilst Countryfile presenter Hamza Yassin and Jowita Przystałcame came in third place with a combined total of 60 points.

Former X Factor star Fleur East landed in fourth place after she gained a score of 24 – giving her a combined total of 58 after she danced the Viennese Waltz with Vito Coppolo, whilst Paralympian champion swimmer Ellie Simmonds rounded off the top 5 with a performance of the waltz set to Elvis classic Can’t Help Falling in Love with You with professional dancer Nikita Kuzmin, earning a score of 30 which gave the pair a total of 56.

Crashing into bottom place was former Arsenal player Tony Adams, who danced the Charleston to My Old Man’s A Dustman with Katya Jones and earned a score of 22 points, bringing his total in week two of the competition to 37.

Strictly Come Dancing Week 2 scoreboard

Molly Rainford and Carlos Gu: Dancing the Quickstep to Love On Top  – 34 points out of 40

Richie Anderson and Giovanni Pernice: Dancing a Quickstep – 32 points out of 40 

Will Mellor and Nancy Xu: Dancing the Salsa – 26 points out of 40

James Bye and Amy Dowden: Dancing the Tango – 24 points out of 40

Ellie Simmonds and Nikita Kuzmin: Dancing a Waltz to I Can’t Help Falling In Love With You – 30 points out of 40

Helen Skelton and Gorka Márquez: Cha Cha to Rain On Me – 27 out of 40 points

Tony Adams and Katya Jones: Dancing the Charleston to My Old Man Is A Dustman – 22 points out of 40 

Ellie Taylor and Johannes Radebe: Dancing the Paso Doble – 23 points out of 40

Fleur East and Vito Coppola: Viennese Waltz to Glimpse Of Us – 28 points out of 40

Kaye Adams  and Kai Widdrington: Dancing the Charleston – 22 points out of 40

Hamza Yassin and Jowita Przystał: Dancing the Jive to Blinding Lights – 24 points out of 40

Kym Marsh and Graziano Di Prima: Dancing the Viennese Waltz – 27 points out of 40

Matt Goss and Nadiya Bychkova: Dancing the Samba to Night Fever – 22 points out of 40

Tyler West and Dianne Buswell: Dancing the Jive to Hit The Road Jack – 31 points out of 40

Jayde Adams and Karen Hauer: Dancing the Tango  to Rumour Has It – 26 points out of 40

Strictly Come Dancing 2022: Who are the couples?

HELEN SKELTON AND GORKA MARQUEZ 

Helen Skelton and Gorka Marquez

Helen Skelton and Gorka Marquez

Celebrity’s age: 39

Profession: TV and radio broadcaster

Helen says: ‘I’m really excited to get stuck into a fun adventure. My family and friends have always loved the show and can’t wait for me to get started’

ELLIE SIMMONDS AND NIKITA KUZMIN 

Ellie Simmonds and Nikita Guzman

Ellie Simmonds and Nikita Guzman

Celebrity’s age: 27

Profession: Former athlete 

Ellie says: ‘To be asked to be part of the Strictly family is just so exciting and I cannot wait, it’s going to so much fun.’

ELLIE TAYLOR AND JOHANNES RADEBE 

Ellie Taylor and Johannes Radebe

Ellie Taylor and Johannes Radebe

Celebrity’s age: 38

Profession: Comedian

Ellie says: ‘Well, cover me in fake tan and roll me in sequins! I’m absolutely over the moon to be a part of Strictly 2022!’

FLEUR EAST AND VITO COPPOLA 

Fleur East and Vito Coppola

Fleur East and Vito Coppola

Celebrity’s age: 34 

Profession: Singer

Fleur says:  ‘I’m equally nervous and thrilled to be part of this year’s Strictly line up. I’m excited to learn new skills and I want to soak up every moment of this magical experience.’

JAMES BYE AND AMY DOWDEN 

James Bye and Amy Dowden

James Bye and Amy Dowden

Celebrity’s age: 38

Profession: EastEnders actor

James says ‘I’m not known for my shimmy or my twinkle toes – in fact my kids regularly laugh at my dad dancing but it’s an honour to be asked and I’m going to give it my best shot.’

JAYDE ADAMS AND KAREN HAUER 

Jayde Adams and Karen Hauer

Jayde Adams and Karen Hauer

Celebrity’s age: 37

Profession: Comedian

Jayde says: ‘I’ve been a massive fan of the show for years. I feel like I’m watching myself in a dream and I can’t believe I’ve manifested this.’

TYLER WEST AND DIANNE BUSWELL 

Tyler West and Dianne Buswell

Tyler West and Dianne Buswell

Celebrity’s age: 26

Profession: Radio DJ

Tyler says: ‘It’s a show that means so much to me and my family and I can’t wait to seriously shake a leg on that shiny dance floor… with a side of sequins.’

HAMZA YASSIN AND JOWITA PRZYSTAL 

Hamza Yassin and Jowita Przystal

Hamza Yassin and Jowita Przystal

Celebrity’s age: 35

Profession: Wildlife cameraman and presenter

Hamza says: ‘I am absolutely over the moon to be joining Strictly 2022. Never in a million years did I think I’d be on such a cool show.’

RICHIE ANDERSON AND GIOVANNI PERNICE 

Richie Anderson and Giovanni Pernice

Richie Anderson and Giovanni Pernice

Celebrity’s age: 34

Profession: Radio presenter 

Richie says: ‘This is a dream come true! I cannot wait to get in those sparkles and sequins and shimmy across the most famous dance floor in the world!’

KYM MARSH AND GRAZIANO DI PRIMA 

Kym Marsh and Graziano Di Prima

Kym Marsh and Graziano Di Prima

Celebrity’s age: 46

Profession: Coronation Street star and presenter

Kym says: ‘I’m so delighted that this year they have! I’m a huge fan of the show and can’t believe I’m going to go from watching at home in my pyjamas to actually dancing in front of the judges in a glittery dress.’

MATT GOSS AND NADIYA BYCHKOVA 

Matt Goss and Nadiya Bychkova

Matt Goss and Nadiya Bychkova

Celebrity’s age: 53

Profession: Singer

Matt says: ‘I’ve been reclusive, I come and work and then go back to America. I thought, it’s time for me to come home and get out of my own way’

MOLLY RAINFORD AND CARLOS GU 

Molly Rainford and Carlos Gu

Molly Rainford and Carlos Gu

Age: 21

Profession: Singer 

Molly says: ‘I already know it’s gonna be an experience of a lifetime and I can’t wait to meet the rest of the Strictly family I’ll be sharing it with.’

WILL MELLOR AND NANCY XU 

Will Mellor and Nancy Xu

Will Mellor and Nancy Xu

Celebrity’s age: 46

Profession: Actor

Will says: ‘I know it will be a huge challenge but that’s what life is all about. This is also my Mum’s favourite show and she’s had a really tough few years so I’m doing this is for her as well. Bring it on!’

TONY ADAMS AND KATYA JONES 

Tony Adams and Katya Jones

Tony Adams and Katya Jones

Celebrity’s age: 55

Profession: Retired footballer and manager

Tony says:  ‘To say I’m excited is an understatement – the lure of the sequins and the call of the salsa has me swapping my battered old football boots for a set of Strictly soft shoes’

KAYE ADAMS AND KAI WIDDRINGTON 

Kaye Adams and Kai Widdrington

Kaye Adams and Kai Widdrington

Celebrity’s age: 59 

Profession: Television presenter 

Kaye says: ‘I said I wanted to make the last year of my fifties memorable and i can’t think of a better way of doing it than showing the world my two left feet. Pray for me!’ 

 

 

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