Shirley Ballas disappointed by Tom Fletcher Strictly elimination He was out in front

Strictly: Shirley says she’s disappointed over Tom’s elimination

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McFly’s lead singer and guitarist Tom Fletcher was sadly eliminated along with his dancing partner Amy Dowden after Sunday night’s tense dance-off. Appearing on Loose Women on Monday morning, Strictly Come Dancing head judge Shirley Ballas admitted she was disappointed to see him go after noting on the results show she would have saved the couple if the decision had come down to her. 

Shirley revealed she was the only judge who would have saved Tom and Amy over Rhys Stephenson and his partner Nancy Xu. 

She then chatted with Charlene White and the Loose Women panel on Monday and gave her full reaction to the results. 

When Charlene asked if she was disappointed, Shirley confirmed: “I was!”

The judge went on to say she felt Tom was faring much better in the competition than the elimination called for.

“I mean, I didn’t think he was a little bit in front,” Shirley continued. “I thought he was quite a ways in front. 

“But that’s what we have a panel for. But I thought he was great.”

Tom and Amy were sent home after fellow panellists Motsi Mabuse, Anton Du Beke and guest judge Cynthia Erivo all voted to save Rhys and Nancy.

Actress and singer Cynthia was filling in for Craig Revel Horwood, who has taken a week off following a positive COVID test.

Although three out of the four judges were more impressed by Rhys’ performance, Shirley felt the McFly star had at least one more week left in him. 

She went on to share her thoughts on his final performance, a Couple’s Choice dance to On My Own from Les Misérables for this year’s Musical Week. 

Shirley recalled: “I thought it was synchronised, it was beautiful.

“It was emotional. I thought he brought it at the end.”

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She also indicated he had demonstrated considerable improvement as his dancing techniques have gotten better with each week. 

He came back in the third week after the couple were forced to miss out on performing their Viennese Waltz after testing positive for COVID.

They have since remained strong contenders after bouncing back from their disappointing Cha-Cha-Cha in the first week. 

Tom and Amy’s Couple’s Choice scored 31 on Saturday, but they received their highest score of 38 just a couple of weeks ago. 

“I think sometimes that energy, ‘boom, boom, boom’, kicking the legs and ‘blah, blah, blah’ goes a long way,” Shirley explained.

“So it shows you have to have both, but the quality of this performance was outstanding for me.”

The eliminated couple were on the same level as BBC presenter Dan Walker, who also scored a 31 with partner Nadiya Bychkova but remained safe.  

Sadly, Tom won’t be lifting the Glitterball Trophy at the end of the series, but there is still plenty to look forward to as the competition starts to heat up.

Strictly Come Dancing continues next Saturday on BBC One at 6.55pm, with the results show on Sunday at 7.20pm.


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