James Jordan 'baffled' by Tilly Ramsey's perfect Strictly score

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Ola and James Jordan felt Tilly Ramsey was overmarked on the latest episode of 'Strictly Come Dancing' credit:Bang Showbiz
Ola and James Jordan felt Tilly Ramsey was overmarked on the latest episode of 'Strictly Come Dancing' credit:Bang Showbiz

James Jordan was "baffled" that Tilly Ramsay and Nikita Kuzmin were given a perfect score for their latest 'Strictly Come Dancing' performance. 

The 20-year-old star and her professional partner were awarded 40 points out of 40 from judges Shirley Ballas, Anton Du Beke, Motsi Mabuse and guest Cynthia Erivo for their Couple's Choice performance during Musicals Week but James disagreed with the decision, branding the performance as "TikTok dancing". 

Speaking in his and his wife Ola Jordan's column for Hello! magazine, the former 'Strictly' professional said: "I have no idea what dance form that was? At least with Tom (Fletcher) and Amy (Dowden's) Couple's Choice, it was clearly a Contemporary dance, but Tilly and Nikita's felt like a mish-mash of multiple styles. Is it TikTok dancing? Is that what they call it nowadays?" 

James, 43, continued: "Call me old, but I didn't really get it. I'm a professional dancer and I couldn't work out what genre of dance that was. Because of that, I'm totally baffled they got four 10s. They were totally, totally overmarked. I don't care what anyone says." 

Ola – a former professional on the hit BBC One show herself – agreed with her husband's thoughts that the dance had been overmarked. 

The 39-year-old dancer said: "I wouldn't have given it more than a seven in my opinion. Are the judges voting her higher to keep her in the competition? Who knows." 

James and Ola were also left underwhelmed by 'EastEnders' actress Rose Ayling-Ellis and Giovanni Pernice's Quickstep. 

He said: "Rose and Giovanni came out with a Quickstep, but I didn't think it was their best performance. I think we've seen such great things from this pairing, that our expectations were set extremely high." 

Ola added: "Last week we said Rose deserved to go all the way to the final and take home the glitterball, but this week's performance felt a little average from them."

Watch: Who is Strictly's Tilly Ramsay?

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