Strictly Come Dancing viewers have been left irate by the judges’ decision to send Vick Hope and her professional partner Graziano Di Prima home after a tense dance off.
The pair were ousted from the programme after judges Shirley Ballas, Dame Darcey Bussell and guest Alfonso Ribeiro voted to save Seann Walsh and Katya Jones. Only Craig Revel Horwood backed the Capital FM DJ.
Hope had previously been one of the highest scoring contestants. Last week, she secured a cumulative total of 29 points out of a possible 40 from the judges, placing her in joint second place.
However, the judges opted to save Walsh and Jones, who have been at the centre of a media storm after they were photographed kissing two weeks ago.
Viewers took to social media to express their surprise and anger at the judges’ reasoning.
Some suggested they had been watching a different dance off to the judges. Others noted that Walsh had made an error during his routine and was forced to catch up with his partner.
One user asked: “Did the judges watch the same dance off? How did Seann dance better than last night?”
Another viewer suggested that the controversy surrounding Walsh and Jones might have affected the judges’ decisions, adding that Hope had been “robbed”.
Another social media user lamented the fact that Hope had taken on the judges’ comment from Saturday night, yet was still forced to leave the contest.
Another Strictly Come Dancing viewer suggested that the judges’ decision might cause him to stop watching the show altogether.
One perceptive fan drew attention to the fact that boos were heard in the Strictly auditorium when the verdict was announced.
The 11 remaining couples will return to the dancefloor next week for the Strictly Come Dancing Halloween special episode on BBC One at 6.50pm on Saturday.