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W ELSH Strictly dancer Amy Dow­den’s celebrity part­ner Danny JohnJules was or­dered to “calm down” and “chill out” on last night’s show at the end of a week in which the pair had been trou­bled by row ru­mours.

The two have made news­pa­per head­lines this week and spoke out in a bid to quell ru­mours of bul­ly­ing.

But the judges ap­peared to ad­dress the is­sue while crit­i­cis­ing their dance on last night’s edi­tion of Strictly Come Danc­ing.

Bruno To­nioli told the Red Dwarf ac­tor: “You have to be re­ally care­ful. You can’t be too tough and stac­cato... you can’t push her.”

And Craig Revel Hor­wood said of their Samba: “It’s too tough. There’s too much en­ergy.”

Craig then ad­vised Danny to chill out and calm down in his rou­tines if he makes it through to next week.

Dame Darcey Bus­sell praised Amy’s teach­ing ethic: “No mis­takes, my good­ness, no mis­takes. A fab­u­lous amount of dance con­tent. Well done Amy, you have worked him hard.”

Danny and Amy were then awarded a score of 27 for their Latin num­ber, leav­ing them floun­der­ing at the bot­tom of the leader­board.

It comes af­ter a dif­fi­cult week for the cou­ple and the two ad­dressed the ru­mours when they ap­peared on spin-off show It Takes Two on Fri­day night.

Amy said: “Things did get a lit­tle in­tense the other day in re­hearsals... But do you know what, we took a half an hour break and got straight to it.

“I’ve never felt threat­ened or bul­lied by Danny. I re­ally want to get this man to Black­pool, and then to the fi­nal.”

And Danny added: “Well, all I can tell you is that the only rea­son I’m here, this far, is be­cause of Amy and I would never bite the hand that feeds me.

“I’m more than happy; it’s prob­a­bly the best danc­ing we have done in the last cou­ple of days since I have been on the show.

“And I’m just happy to go along, she is the boss, she wears the pants. Why would I ar­gue with a Welsh woman.”

Yes­ter­day, Danny’s wife tweeted that she felt the BBC were “throw­ing Danny un­der the bus”. “Why are you try­ing to de­stroy him?” she said in a tweet.

And ahead of yes­ter­day’s record­ing, the Red Dwarf ac­tor liked a tweet which read: “This woman has 100% de­nied there is any is­sue be­tween her and Danny, they make a great pair on the dance floor!

“In my opin­ion it’s a damn big stitch up by the pow­ers that be! Just the BBC do­ing what they do best, bul­ly­ing oth­ers!”

On last night’s show, the cou­ple per­formed a Caribbean-themed samba to Feels Like Home by Si­gala, Fuse ODG, Sean Paul and Kent Jones.

Be­fore the per­for­mance, JohnJules said the rou­tine would be a trib­ute to his Win­drush her­itage.

Their score of 27 out of a pos­si­ble to­tal of 40 placed them bot­tom of the leader­board and three points be­hind Kate Sil­ver­ton and Al­jaz Sko­r­janec, who placed sec­ond to last.

Else­where, Sil­ver­ton re­ceived a to­tal score of 30 with a quick­step, her high­est of the se­ries so far, while Pussy­cat Doll Ash­ley Roberts scored a to­tal of 39 for a cou­ples’ choice con­tem­po­rary rou­tine in mem­ory of her late fa­ther.

Strictly Come Danc­ing con­tin­ues on BBC One at 7.50pm tonight.


Amy Dow­den and Danny John-Jules dur­ing the dress re­hearsal for last night’s Strictly Come Danc­ing

The cou­ple on the dance­floor

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