Strictly slammed for ‘inconsistent’ scoring as Fleur faced dance-off

Strictly: Shirley calls out booing crowd after Ellie critique

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Judges Shirley Ballas, Craig Revel Horwood, Motsi Mabuse and Anton Du Beke are facing a backlash over their scoring on Strictly Come Dancing. It comes after Fleur East and her professional partner Vito Coppola faced the dreaded dance-off on Sunday following their Rumba to Too Lost In You by the Sugababes. Dance expert Doctor Jill Rose Jacob has criticised the panel for scoring Fleur lower than they did Will Mellor despite her “high level of technique”. 

“The most memorable performances were Will Mellor’s Charleston and Fleur East’s Rumba,” Doctor Jill, who was a professor of dance at New York University, told Heart Bingo.

“Will danced with musicality, good characterisation, and didn’t miss a step performing very complex choreography. 

“The judges’ high scoring was based on these elements versus technical ability.  

“However, Will’s dedication to learning and performing the routine is clear to see and did merit recognition.”

She continued: “Fleur’s Rumba was performed with embodiment and demonstrated a high level of technique.”

However, Doctor Jill said her shoulders were raised throughout the routine, which was a tell-tale sign of nerves. 

“The judges addressed the issue in their commentary, directing Fleur to breathe,” she added. 

“Breathing in dance is a kinaesthetic tool – something that her partner Vito could address in their practices.

“I disagreed with the judges scoring of Fleur’s routine being scored lower than Will’s Charleston, but this week the scores were inconsistent throughout the evening.” 

On Saturday night, Will and Nancy Xu scored 38, Hamza Yassin and Jowita Przystal scored 37 and Molly Rainford and Carlos Gu got 36 points. 

Fleur had 35 points, Helen Skelton and Gorka Marquez were awarded 29 and Ellie Taylor and Johannes Radebe were at the bottom of the leaderboard with 25.

After competing against Fleur in the dance-off, Ellie was eliminated by the judges. 

Her partner Johannes got tearful after it was announced he and Ellie would be leaving the competition. 

He said: “Oh my goodness – it’s been a pleasure, treasure, that’s our thing.

“Ellie Taylor, moving forward, embrace your weirdness. 

“Embrace your long limbs, because you are one gorgeous person. So thank you for everything, you know my heart, thank you.”

According to the bookies, Hamza is the current favourite to win the 20th series of Strictly Come Dancing, with his odds of winning at 3/10. 

Kym Marsh and Graziano De Prima’s odds of being crowned the winners stands at 80/1 after the Coronation Street actor was unable to perform on Saturday after testing positive for coronavirus. 

Kym has reportedly returned to training and will be taking to the dance floor for week eleven’s performance. 

Strictly Come Dancing will next air on Friday at 8pm on BBC One. 

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