Strictly’s Oti Mabuse says Shirley Ballas was just ‘being honest’ after she cried through judge’s comments – The Sun

Strictly’s Oti Mabuse says Shirley Ballas was just ‘being honest’ after she cried through judge’s comments – The Sun

November 4, 2019

STRICTLY Come Dancing professional Oti Mabuse has set the record straight after claims she was left "crying" at head judge Shirley Ballas' comments on Saturday.

The ballroom dancer, 59, told Oti her routine with Kelvin Fletcher had too much "rise and fall" in a blunt critique of her Viennese Waltz to Christina Aguilera and Great Big World's Say Something.

Some Strictly fans saw Oti on the brink of tears during the feedback, which saw the pair score 34, with one taking to Twitter to post: "Shirley shhh Oti is crying!"

Yet shortly after the results show, which saw her and the Emmerdale actor saved for another week, The Greatest Dancer star Oti headed to her own Twitter account to clarify things.

She wrote: "Just to be clear.

"Nothing @ShirleyBallas said to us was wrong nor did it make me tear, she was being honest and her critique is valuable to our journey, I’d like us to improve & as I stated before I was emotional about THE DANCE & how happy dancing made me feel (HAPPY TEARS)."

During Saturday's show Shirley, who defied doctors' orders to return to the BBC One series after having her breast implants removed, also said of the dance:  "It looked a little bit stuck, for me."

She was later interrupted by booing from the audience, which prompted her to turn around and snap: "Can I finish?"

The emotion of the occasion appeared to have got to Oti, with host Tess Daly leaning over and asking her: "Are you OK, my dear?"

She got an easier ride from the other judges, with her sister Motsi calling their dance "absolutely outstanding".

Even famously-tough marker Craig Revel Horwood hailed the performance as "superb".

Despite the less than perfect feedback, the pair, who found themselves second on the leaderboard, progressed through to next week's show.

Unfortunately, for Viscountess Emma Weymouth and Aljaz Skorjanec their time on the show came to an abrupt end in week seven when they were eliminated.

They went up against Mike Bushell and Katya Jones in the dance-off and four judges – Craig Revel Horwood, Motsi Mabuse, Bruno Tonoili and Shirley Ballas – chose to save the BBC Breakfast presenter over Emma.

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