Kevin Clifton slams Strictly judges’ comments about Tom Fletcher as viewers left outraged

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At the end of Tom Fletcher and Amy Dowden’s performance to Les Misérables, the Strictly Come Dancing hopeful told Tess Daly that he wanted to cry, but managed to hold back the tears. “Harry [Judd] said, ‘Don’t cry on Strictly’, he said of his bandmate who was sat in the audience.

The judges encouraged Tom to let his feelings out as they claimed his emotions were not attached to the elegant routine.

Viewers immediately took to Twitter to slam the comments – including former Strictly pro Kevin Clifton.

Choreographer Matthew Bourne tweeted: “I’m not sure the judging panel understood the story of unrequited love behind the song danced to by @TomFletcher & @dowden_amy last night?

“I found it eloquent and heartfelt. @bbcstrictly #Strictly.”

In view of his 252,000 followers, Kevin replied: “I agree. Also, one doesn’t have to cry for it to be heartfelt or emotional.”

Michelle Corbin Design added: “It was a beautiful dance but undermarked because he didn’t cry.

“He didn’t need to cry, the emotions were there and I felt he sold it beautifully.”

Kevin agreed, adding he was “baffled” by the “judges desire for him to cry in this dance”.

Contestant Dan Walker also said he believed the pair portrayed the Les Misérables “perfectly”.

The dancing duo scored 31 out of 40 points for their routine. will share details about the latest dancing duo to leave the competition this evening. 

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