TAK­ING PIZZA Judges ig­nore Snog-gate and back Seann to sur­vive

Cheat­ing stars’ Ital­ian take­away

Daily Star Sunday - - FRONT PAGE - ■ by ROBIN COTTLE sun­day@dai­lystar.co.uk

SHAMED Seann Walsh and Katya Jones were saved by the judges in their first per­for­mance since be­ing caught snog­ging.

The duo look set to stay on the show for at least an­other week af­ter the four ex­perts gave them a com­bined score of 28 out of 40 – plac­ing them near the top of the leader­board.

Some fans claimed Craig Revel Hor­wood and co went easy on the sheep­ish pair af­ter high scores for their pizza-themed Charles­ton.

And the judges were slammed for mak­ing no men­tion of the kiss­ing scan­dal on last night’s show.

Some view­ers even claimed BBC bosses were keen to keep them in the show to boost rat­ings.

One wrote on Twit­ter: “So the pro­duc­ers want to keep Seann Walsh in Strictly for some rea­son.

“That was the most aw­ful, flat­footed ef­fort and the judges ba­si­cally just said, ‘good try’.”

An­other said: “He’s a ter­ri­ble dancer. The judges kissed his ass.”

A third added: “I think the BBC will be thank­ing @sean­nwalsh af­ter tonight. View­ers will be through the roof. Never watched strictly be­fore till now!”

Seann and Katya’s num­bers means they are un­likely to be in the bot­tom two even if they flop in the pub­lic vote – though it could still hap­pen in the­ory. Mar­ried Rus­sian IT was billed as the dance of shame – and mil­lions of us tuned in to watch it, writes Felic­ity Cross.

Seann and Katya’s kiss last week­end be­came a scan­dalously com­pelling gos­sip jug­ger­naut.

Be­hind the head­lines lies so much hurt and so many lies.

See­ing all that suf­fer­ing in glo­ri­ous tech­ni­colour can’t have been easy for the cou­ple’s wronged part­ners.

And for some sit­ting at home, it was also un­com­fort­able view­ing. dancer Katya, 29, and co­me­dian Seann, 32 – who has since bro­ken up with girl­friend Re­becca Humphries, inset, af­ter she posted a wither­ing char­ac­ter as­sas­si­na­tion on Twit­ter – were given a glow­ing assess­ment of their Charles­ton by the judges.

View­ers branded the dance the “least ro­man­tic in the world” with in­sid­ers claim­ing pro­duc­ers wanted to tone down the sexy Rumba they had planned af­ter im­ages of their ton­sil ten­nis hit head­lines.

“Snog-gate” was ig­nored by the quar­tet, while show hosts Tess Daly Seann was all smiles, and when not in the cam­era’s fo­cus he shared a laugh with Katya.

Tess and Clau­dia tried to laugh it all off: “Quiet week…just a few head­lines.”

Bosses gave them a jovial Charles­ton so they the and Clau­dia Win­kle­man glossed over it be­sides open­ing the pro­gramme with the joke: “It’s been a quiet week...apart from a few head­lines.”

Seann and Katya – com­pared to Where’s Wally? for their stripy out­fits – re­ceived a good re­ac­tion from the stu­dio au­di­ence, but the so­cial me­dia ver­dict was much more mixed. Some view­ers vowed to stand by the pair, but oth­ers said they were plan­ning to vote for them to be kicked off be­fore even see­ing their dance.

The cou­ple are the lat­est dance part­ners to fall vic­tim to the so­called Strictly curse since the re­al­ity show hit telly screens in 2004. packed in a num­ber of handsy lifts – and fin­ished with a huge hug.

Darcey praised their “en­ergy” and Seann chuck­led his way through the feed­back as he and Katya skipped off arm in arm to their first 8 score.

View­ers wanted some sort of con­tri­tion but they weren’t get­ting it.

Vick Hope and Graziano served up the per­fect an­ti­dote – a sug­ary sweet quick­step to Diana Ross’ You Can’t Hurry Love.

It was neat and fast – and they were duly re­warded with a solid run of 7s and an 8.

But for me it wasn’t enough to de­tract from the fact BBC’s sched­ule show­stop­per has taken a sin­is­ter turn.

Leave the grub­bi­ness to Jeremy Kyle – and let us keep the glit­ter.

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