Strictly: Tess forgets Shirley during judges comments
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Dan Walker was second to take to the dance floor with partner Nadiya Bychkova for a Sleeping Beauty themed Foxtrot. However, he appeared to forget some of his steps throughout the routine, which was picked up by Strictly Come Dancing judges Anton Du Beke and Craig Revel Horwood. Shirley Ballas noted he had mistakes but seemed to be generous with her scoring when she later awarded him a seven.
Many of those tuning in were quick to take to Twitter to comment on the scoring with some insisting Shirley had lost her scoring paddles as she was awarding plenty of sevens.
Some also claimed she was showing favouritism towards the male celebrities after Sara Davies, who was praised for her routine, received the same score as Dan.
Darren Scott commented: “Sara got the same score as Dan – who messed up? Come on Shirley play fair. #Strictly.”
Helen added: “How can Shirley score the first three dances the same when Dan made so many mistakes? #strictly @bbcstrictly.”
“I like Anton noting that he has to be fair about scoring when mistakes were made,” Megan Roxburgh tweeted.
“Not sure about Shirley being willing to forgive them for the sake of entertainment. Then again, it’s not like her scores are consistent, to begin with, *cough* overscoring Dan *cough* #Strictly.”
@PrincessPKaur shared: “Shirley handing out 7’s to almost everyone tonight?! Someone take her paddle. Makes no sense. #scd #StrictlyComeDancing #strictly.”
Lily Tomlinson added: “Why is Shirley giving everyone a 7?! Makes a mockery of those who are actually decent and getting everything right #Strictly.”
Dan has spoken about his friendship with Shirley leading to speculation of favouritism from the judge.
The pair embarked on a climb up Mount Kilimanjaro for Comic Relief two years ago where they got to know each other.
He told The Sun: “We had some great conversations on that trip. I really got to know her well. I’m looking forward to seeing her.
“We’ve had a few Kilimanjaro reunions. She’s great, talented and knows what she is talking about.”
The pressure is on for Strictly Come Dancing favourite AJ Odudu as bookies have revealed John Whaite and Rose Ayling-Ellis are now favoured to lift the Glitterball Trophy.
AJ is the 5/2 favourite to win Strictly Come Dancing, according to Ladbrokes.
John has received the most support over the last week, which has seen his odds of winning cut into 3/1, making him the same price as Rose.
Adam is fancied as a 6/1 shot with the bookies, while 10/1 says Rhys is this year’s winner.
Jessica O’Reilly of Ladbrokes said: “It’s incredibly tight at the top of the betting and it’s proving hard to call which celeb will be favourite by the end of the weekend.”
Could AJ help professional dance partner Kai Widdrington secure his first win on his debut series?
Strictly Come Dancing continues on Sunday on BBC One at 7.10pm
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