'Strictly' fans complain Danny John-Jules 'set up' by bullying claims


Red Dwarf star Danny John-Jules has been voted out of Strictly Come Dancing after a week in which he was accused of bullying his partner Amy Dowden, with fans claiming the allegations left him with no hope of staying.

The pair had previously seemed to get on well, but earlier this week The Sun reported that Danny had allegedly been bullying pro dancer Amy, leaving her in tears from shouty, sweary training-room arguments.

Death in Paradise actor Danny has strenuously denied it with a strongly-worded tweet, but it seems as though some of the rumours could have stuck with Strictly viewers as he landed in the bottom two on a combination of his judges’ score, the lowest of the week at 27 points, and the public vote.

Many fans felt that he had been set up by the headlines about the supposed rows.

Others complained that tabloid journalists were to blame for talented dancer Danny’s downfall.

Going up against Graeme Swann and his partner Oti Mabuse, Danny earned a vote to stay in the competition from Craig Revel Horwood, but the other three judges – Darcey Bussell, Bruno Tonioli, and head judge Shirley Ballas – all chose Graeme.

After failing to win over the panel with his second go at a Samba to Feels Like Home by Sigala, Danny certainly gave away no hint of tension with Amy when asked about his time on the show.

He said: “It’s been a great experience and I’m just so unhappy I didn’t get Amy to where she needed to be.

“Everything I have done on this show is because of Amy. It was her training, her choreography that has got me here. I can only look as good as her dancing and she is great, and I hope that her career goes up and onwards as she deserves.”

Plenty of viewers were upset to see Danny and Amy, who earned the first 10 of this series, go home.

Amy, who defended Danny on spin-off show Strictly: It Takes Two during the week by saying that things had got a little intense in training but had blown over after taking a short break, added that his children should be proud.

She said: “Danny told me day one that he has been a frustrated song and dance man, and I just think it’s lovely that the nation has been able to see your talent and to see you back out there performing again, so thank you for delivering such amazing performances, week in, week out.

“Your children are going to be so proud of you.”

Danny replied: “My children love her, they are probably going to be watching this now really sad. I know that they love you, and I love you.”

After Saturday night’s show, Danny ended up in a heated Twitter row with ex-Strictly pro James Jordan, known for his outspoken commentary of the show, over a joke about the actor’s mother who was in the audience.

James had tweeted “Danny’s mum looks as miserable as him”, prompting an outraged reply.

At the beginning of the episode, Strictly’s professional dancers marked Remembrance Sunday with a routine in tribute to the women of the RAF, and were joined by current servicewomen as well as the RAF Spitfires Choir.

We also saw a performance from Andrea Bocelli and his son Matteo.

The remaining celebrities have got an exciting weekend ahead of them as they’ll be heading to Blackpool to dance at the Tower Ballroom, one of the high points of the series.

See you next week in Blackpool…

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