Strictly: Shirley Ballas says the ‘standard is higher’ this year
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Katie McGlynn was the second celebrity eliminated from Strictly Come Dancing at the weekend after Shirley Ballas sent Nina Wadia home the week before. Her decisions have sparked a backlash online but the head judge told This Morning’s Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield she doesn’t care what trolls post online and “can sleep at night” knowing she made the right decision.
“The standard is higher and I believe I must score according to what I see,” Shirley stated.
“If it deserves a 10, I am giving a 10, it might be a three next week or a two and people are like, ‘Oh the scores are all over the place.’
“But you have to mark what you see at that moment.”
Holly replied: “Well you’ve had a bit of that this time because the past two weeks you’ve had the deciding vote as head judge so it’s come down to you, which obviously means Twitter and every other thing ignites and they either agree or disagree with you.”
“The point is you have to vote,” Shirley stated.
“Many people I spoke to this week had not voted.
“If I send a man home, I’m a man hater, if I send a woman home, it’s because I’m ugly and old and I send a lovely young girl home. It’s nothing to do with that.”
Phillip interjected: “So you get trolled?”
“Oh I get it all the time but at the end of the day, my job is to make exactly what I see at that moment and I do.
“I sleep at night and I do it with honesty.”
Katie and Gorka Marquez left the competition on Sunday evening after facing Judi Love and Graziano Di Prima in the dance off.
Speaking of their elimination on It Takes Two, Katie said: “We’re sad because it means we won’t be rehearsing together, it means our journey’s ended but we’re still going to stay friends.
“He lives in Manchester and I live in Manchester so we’ve already set up a dinner date so yeah, we’re going to catch up.
“We’ve got mutual friends so we’ll definitely stay in touch.”
While she was booted off, Katie was pleased with their final dance: “The fact that we were in Movie Week playing Cruella Di Vil and Pongo was incredible. Who can say they’ve been part of that experience?
“It was so much fun and to end on Movie Week was just the final gem for me.
“Emma Thompson was also in the audience. I met and spoke to her and she was so lovely so we ended on a high.”
Gorky added: “We tried our best the whole week and I think it was a great number.
“I’m happy that she got to do Movie Week being an actress. Movie Week is an important week.
“The only thing I’m gutted about is that as she’s obsessed with Halloween, she couldn’t get to Halloween Week but at least Cruella is a bit Halloween!”
Strictly Come Dancing continues Saturday night on BBC One at 7pm.
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