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Strictly viewers upset as John Whaite is marked down after dropping Johannes

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  • John Whaite
    British baker
  • Johannes Radebe
    South African dancer
  • Tess Daly
    Tess Daly
    British TV presenter

Strictly viewers are upset after John Whaite was “undermarked” for a mistake made by his professional partner.

The former Great British Bake Off winner was performing a salsa with Johannes Radebe, which ended with a challenging lift.

As Whaite went to put Radebe back on the floor, Radebe stretched out his wrong hand and fell awkwardly to the ground.

When the dance ended, he apologised immediately, telling host Tess Daly: “I’m so sorry – I gave him the wrong hand!”

Whaite took the error in his stride.

Despite the judges praising the rest of the dance, and acknowledging that the error was nothing to do with Whaite, Craig Revel Horwood opted to give him a seven

John and Johannes after error in latest ‘Strictly’ dance (BBC iPlayer)
John and Johannes after error in latest ‘Strictly’ dance (BBC iPlayer)

Fans expressed their anger on social media.

Elsewhere, AJ Odudu was left in tears after making an error that her professional partner, Kai Widdrington, claimed responsibility for, while Rose Ayling-Ellis was praised for a “heart-stopping” dive lift that Tess Daly claimed was a series first.

Strictly continues Saturdays until 18 December on BBC One.

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