Viewers of Strictly Come Dancing were left speechless last night as judge Shirley Ballas landed herself in a mess after making TWO more hilarious gaffes, live on air.
The first, Holby City actor Joe McFadden and professional dance partner Katya Jones wowed audiences as they performed a comical Charleston to Ella Fitzgerald’s version of ‘Alexander’s Ragtime Band.’ The pair were dressed as toy soldiers, whilst showcasing their portrayal of the 1920’s style routine.
Once the pair had finished, Shirley came to give her critique of their routine, but seemed to get herself in a bit of a pickle, accidentally making an inappropriate innuendo in the process.
Pleased with the performance, the 57 year-old said: “I’m going to call you DJ… or Dark horse Joe, could be the one coming from behind,” which left those in the audience and host, Tess Daly in fits of laughter.
Many viewers couldn’t help but Tweet about the blunder:
‘Coming in from behind’? Careful, Shirley! #Strictly
— Chris (@evilcheltdevil) November 4, 2017
— Mattman (@Mattman_00) November 4, 2017
The one coming from behind
SHIRLEY YOU MINX
— Nicky McNickface (@PeripateNic) November 4, 2017
Meanwhile, fellow judge Craig Revel Horwood’s comment on the performance definitely wasn’t accidental, suggestively stating: “It put a smile on more than my face darling, actually”.
Viewers were left mortified by the remark; with many complaining that it was highly inappropriate to make such a comment before the watershed.
If that wasn’t mortifying enough, Shirley dropped herself in it for a second time last night, as she made a comment which was likely to have offended the majority of the UK.
The new head judge was forced to apologise as she referred to the whole of the UK as England, seemingly forgetting about viewers across Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.
Whilst giving her opinion on Ruth Langsford and Anton Du Beke’s performance, she stated that there ‘wouldn’t have been a household in England’ who didn’t enjoy their routine.
Following last night’s show, Shirley went on to apologise to viewers for her huge mistake: “So sorry for saying England rather than The UK in feedback to Ruth & Anton, my mistake! Hope you all enjoyed tonight another wonderful show!”
So sorry for saying England rather than The UK in feedback to Ruth & Anton, my mistake! Hope you all enjoyed tonight another wonderful show!
— Shirley Ballas (@ShirleyBallas) November 4, 2017
Although Shirley seemed fairly positive about Ruth and Anton’s routine, viewers were quick to notice that the pair took a dramatic stumble during their Paso Doble routine to ‘The Shady Dame from Seville’ from Victor/Victoria.
At the end of the dance, Anton aimed to swoop Ruth into a graceful lunge, but appeared to lose his balance. Toppling backward, the pair landed in a messy heap on the floor.
Luckily finding the funny side, Ruth clambered on top of Anton to make light of the awkward situation, as husband Eamonn Holmes giggled, whilst spectating from the audience.
Last night also saw Debbie McGee and professional dance partner Giovanni Pernice make Strictly history after achieving an incredible 40/40 on their tango routine.
Reportedly, no contestants have ever achieved full marks so early on in the competition, therefore viewers were amazed when 59-year-old Debbie set the record. If Debbie were to win the show, she’d become the oldest contestant to ever pick up the Strictly trophy.
Darcy praised the pair, saying: “That was extraordinary. You are on a par with your professional. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a Tango like that from a celebrity. Amazing.”
‘Baddie’ judge Craig Revel Horwood even came out from behind the desk and bowed at Debbie’s feet in utter admiration of her top-notch performance – now, we don’t see that very often!
Debbie, who lost her husband and magician Paul Daniels last year claimed that Strictly had given her a new lease of life. During an interview, the 59-year-old said:
“Until now, there was still this knot in my stomach and… the fact I’ve lost him [was there].
“But these last three weeks on ‘Strictly’, everyone is so lovely, at every level, I love all the other contestants, everybody I’m working with… they all make you feel so good and so wanted. They make you feel like they really want you on the programme.”
In previous weeks, Shirley has been at the forefront of online abuse for her methods of critiquing the Strictly stars. Often branded too harsh or far too soft on specific contestants, one Twitter troll branded the judge as a “nasty little b****”.
Responding to the constant hate, Shirley told the Daily Star Sunday: “Some people are inappropriate. I don’t want to say what they say. I won’t go there. But some people are just inappropriate.”
Her on-air bust-up with professional dancer Brendan Cole also made viewers cringe a few weeks back, after she gave some criticism which didn’t appear to go down too well.
Brendan performed the tango with Good Morning Britain presenter Charlotte Hawkins and the dancer believed they had absolutely nailed it.
Shirley on the other hand completely disagreed, commenting that there should be no rise and fall in the tango. She said: “She needs to stand on her own feet and we’ve established that there’s no rise and fall in Tango. So we’ve got to make a concrete decision not to use rise and fall. So no rise and fall.”
However, Brendan was convinced Shirley was seeing things and claimed there was absolutely no rise and fall involved in the routine. Furious, he quipped: “There was no rise and fall in that whatsoever.”
Shirley responded: “Well, there is, Brendan. You should play it back and see.”
To which Brendan hit back sharply: “I will my dear, I will. There was no rise and fall.”
As fellow judge Bruno Tonioli stated his opinion, he appeared to agree with Shirley, saying: “I’m not an expert, I’ve only done about 500 shows but I think Shirley’s right, you should be more respectful.”
To which Brendan responded: ” I do respect her but I just don’t agree”.
Catch Strictly Come Dancing each Saturday and Sunday on BBC 1.