Strictlys Shirley Ballas hits out at backlash as she insists I do a good job

Shirley Ballas shares feedback with Angela Scalon on Strictly

Shirley Ballas has revealed she had to learn to change her critiquing style when joining the Strictly Come Dancing panel.

The 63-year-old was given a big role on the long-running BBC dance show back in 2017 as the head judge, after taking over from the late Len Goodman.

However, over the years, Shirley has received backlash from viewers over feedback she’s given the celebrity contestants.

Last year, the world champion dancer was the victim of online trolls, who accused her of favouring male dancers to the females.

Despite the backlash from some fans, Shirley confessed she believes she does a good job when giving feedback to the contestants.

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Speaking to the Radio Times podcast, the 63-year-old said: ”I had so many walls up from working in the industry for years.

“When we critique someone there’s a frown and you’re very direct.

“My son told me that wouldn’t wash on English TV, that I’d have to learn to give critiques with a smile and say, ‘Maybe we could do it this way’ or ‘Maybe that way’ rather than ‘Your footwork sucks’.

“I think I do a pretty good job!”

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Recently on the show, fans saw Krishnan Guru-Murthy and his professional partner Lauren Oakley become the seventh couple to leave the series.

The pair found themselves in the dance-off with Angela Rippon and Kai Widdrington, who found themselves in the bottom for the second week in a row.

It was a unanimous decision to save the 79-year-old, however, Shirley admitted she would’ve saved Krishnan.

His exit comes just before Blackpool week, a key moment in each series that contestants strive to make it to.

Calling the occasion a joyous weekend, Shirley confessed it’s the best ballroom venue in the world.

She added: “Some couples look forward to movie week, others to musicals week – but everyone wants to get to Blackpool.”

Competing this weekend will be Layton Williams, Ellie Leach, Angela Scanlon, Nigel Harman, Bobby Brazier, Annabel Croft and Angela Rippon.

Strictly Come Dancing continues Saturday on BBC One from 6:40pm

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