'That's the last time we YouTube Shirley': 'Strictly's' Shirley Ballas and Anton du Beke clash over harsh Rumba scoring

Katie Archer

Although Shirley Ballas may have impressed fans by returning to Strictly Come Dancing just days after surgery, they were less keen on her harsh critique of Emma Barton and Anton du Beke’s Rumba.

The head judge didn’t hold back in her criticism of EastEnder Barton and ballroom pro du Beke’s efforts, and fans of the show were shocked by how blunt she was.

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Ballas told Barton: “First of all, I want to say, you’re tall, you’re elegant, and you have everything it takes to do a beautiful Rumba, before I say what I’m about to say.

“The only timing I could read was...three bars of Rumba.

“The rest of it, I have no idea on what count you were dancing this dance.”

Barton told host Claudia Winkleman that she had spent a lot of time watching YouTube videos of Rumba pro Ballas in preparation for the dance, but that it didn’t seem to have worked.

After being scored just five points by Ballas and hitting the bottom of the leaderboard with 22 points in total, du Beke muttered at the camera: “That’s the last time we YouTube Shirley.”

Viewers were particularly outraged at the scoring as Ballas had also given competition favourite Kelvin Fletcher and struggling celebrity Mike Bushell both the same score of eight points, despite apparently huge differences in their standard of dancing.

Last week, she angered fans by voting to send Catherine Tyldesley home, opting to keep Bushell instead.

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Meanwhile, Chris Ramsey and Karen Hauer had their strongest week in the competition in joint second place on the leaderboard with 34 points for their couple’s choice witty routine to PJ and Duncan’s Let’s Get Ready to Rumble.

To top things off, Ramsey even got a congratulations from Ant and Dec.

Karim Zeroual and Amy Dowden topped the leaderboard with 39 points for their Quickstep, the highest score pro dancer Dowden has ever got in her time on the show.

And it was also a great week for Alex Scott with 31 points as she danced with stand-in partner Kevin Clifton for a second week as Neil Jones struggles to recover from a grade one calf strain.

Judge Craig Revel Horwood told her: “I felt we saw you for the first time tonight and I have to say, this accidental partnership is working wonders.”

Strictly Come Dancing returns for the results show on Sunday at 7.15pm on BBC One.