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The professional dancer-turned judge had fans on social media scratching their heads after handing out what they believed to be inconsistent – despite the fact he recently criticised his fellow judges for over-marking.
Many not only remarked at the huge disparity between the two scores, but also the fact Anton’s mark for Dan did not stand up against other scores given out that evening.
Notably, Anton scored John Whaite and Johannes Radebe the same mark for their Samba, indicating he believed it to be on a level, but they actually ended up being ahead of Dan and Nadiya by nine points on the leaderboard with a score of 38.
However, Rose’s routine was a full 10 points ahead of Dan’s on the leaderboard, with 39 out of 40.
— Dan @ TellyStats.com: #StrictlySpoiler #Strictly (@TellyStats) November 13, 2021
— Stuart Orr (@StuartOrr1) November 13, 2021
— evie (@ezeluvr) November 13, 2021
— NiamhsDaddy🎅🏻⛄🎄🏴 (@NiamhsDaddy) November 13, 2021
Anton scoring Dan and John the same is just wrong sorry. #Strictly
— becca 🏳️🌈 (@BeccaJump) November 13, 2021
— Strictly Stats (@StrictlyScore) November 13, 2021
Absolutely ridiculous wasn’t it. But, I have to say that some of tonight’s scoring was difficult to fathom. Anton gave Dan a point more than AJ! Really? Really, Anton, so you think Dan danced better than AJ? I don’t think so!!! #Strictly2021
— Michelle W (@KelhamLife) November 13, 2021
— C. (@QRiley__) November 13, 2021
Bonkers scoring on #Strictly tonight particularly from Anton. AJ and Tilly undermarked and all the others with exception of Rhys overmarked
— Laila Kielland❤️ (@LailaK76) November 13, 2021
Lol to Anton giving Dan a 9 & John the same score #Strictly
— JayneHowarth (@JayneHowarth) November 13, 2021
— Victoria (@VicsterLS) November 13, 2021
#Strictly what’s going on? A nine for Dan’s American Smooth was ridiculous or is it just me missing something?
— Lyn Bushby (@lynbushby) November 13, 2021
Why on earth has Dan Walker been given 1 9 and 8 for he American smooth he won't be eliminated tonight being over marked it wasn't worth a 9 what on earth is wrong with Anton Du Beke.😠
— Vanessa fiel (@Vanessafield16) November 13, 2021
Used to be fan of @bbcstrictly but judges marking disparity spoiling it - Craig gives honest 4, Anton overmarking continues with OTT 9??!!
— Clive Richardson (@CliveR39) November 13, 2021
Complaints about Anton’s scoring come just after the judge slammed his fellow judges for handing out 10s “willy-nilly”.
He told The Sun: “The show is in its 18th year and I have been a dancer for 15 years.
“It took me 15 years to get a 10 with Emma Barton. They are giving them [10s] out willy-nilly this year.”
Anton was promoted to the judging panel this year to stand in for long-standing judge Bruno Tonioli, who is a judge on the US version and was unable to commit to Strictly due to uncertainty around travel restrictions.
Find out who is next to leave Strictly Come Dancing on Sunday at 7.20pm on BBC One.
This article originally appeared on HuffPost UK and has been updated.
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