Strictly speaking: Shirley Ballas shuts down claim she was responsible for Fleur East being in the dance-off

Be sure to come dance Judge Shirley Ballas has dismissed critics for claiming she was responsible for Fleur East’s landing in the dance-off.

During Saturday night’s show, singer East, who made the series top 40 the week before, scored 35 points for her rumba.

But despite East being in the middle of the rankings (and just three points behind Will Mellor, who had the highest score of the night at 38), East found himself in the bottom two on Sunday (November 27) against Ellie Taylor.

All four judges voted to save East and her partner Vito Coppola from Taylor and Johannes Radebe, who had been bottom of the leaderboard with just 25 points during the live show.

However, on Twitter, a viewer hinted that it was Chief Justice Ballas’ “overrating” of Mellor and Hamza Yassin that had bottomed out in the East for the third time in this series.

“THIS WILL HAPPEN WHEN SHE OVERSIGN WILL MELLOR AND HAMZA YASSIN AND SIGN MOLLY RANFORD AND FLEUR EAST!” they tweeted.

Ballas shot back, “No honey, that’s what happens IF YOU DON’T VOTE. complete end. Enjoy the rest of the show.”

In her emotional farewell speech during Sunday night’s show, Taylor, with tears in her eyes, showered her partner Radebe with praise.

“You are as wonderful as everyone said and I said you are like a human sunshine and you really are,” she said. “You see people and you’ve seen me, at every point.

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“It’s been an absolute privilege to dance with you JoJo, I don’t know what’s going through your body but it’s not blood it’s rhythm and it’s music and watching you perform is amazing.”

East and Coppola (right) found themselves in the last two for a third time on Sunday

(BBC/Guy Levy)

The remaining couples taking part in next week’s show will compete alongside Kym Marsh, who was forced to miss Saturday night’s show after testing positive for Covid.

Next week’s Musical Week Special will take place on Friday (November 2nd) instead of the usual Saturday night slot due to the World Cup.

Be sure to come dance continues on Friday 2 November at 8pm on BBC One.

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