Strictly judges baf­fled by glitch

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THE Strictly Come Danc­ing judges were left baf­fled fol­low­ing a tech­ni­cal glitch as they tried to give points to the con­tes­tants for a group rou­tine.

The seven re­main­ing cou­ples faced the dance floor at the same time for a Lindy hop-a-thon, each per­form­ing a dif­fer­ent Lindy hop rou­tine in a bid to win more points.

But as the judges pre­pared to give their scores from a tablet, head judge Shirley Bal­las made er­rors as the “board went berserk” and had to read them from a sheet of pa­per.

She an­nounced Ash­ley Roberts and Pasha Kovalev had come first, be­fore she was told to start from the bot­tom. Bal­las then told Charles Venn and Karen Clifton they were in fifth place, but said “Charles and Dianne”, much to their con­fu­sion.

Fol­low­ing a few more blun­ders, host Clau­dia Win­kle­man joked to the au­di­ence: “If you are watch­ing at home, good­ness have a drink.”

A tweet from the show’s of­fi­cial ac­count read “BEAR WITH US. WE’VE NEVER DONE THIS BE­FORE”, along with a laugh­ing emoji.

The episode saw Roberts drop four points for her main rou­tine af­ter a per­fect score of 40 last week­end.

How­ever, com­bined with an ex­tra seven points for win­ning the Lindy hop-a-thon, the cou­ple had an over­all score of 43 – putting them in joint se­cond place with Stacey Doo­ley and Kevin Clifton on the leader­board.

Steps star Faye Tozer was given glow­ing praise and 39 points by the judges for her waltz to See The Day by Dee C Lee with Gio­vanni Per­nice and topped the leader­board over­all on 45 af­ter gain­ing six points for the Lindy hop rou­tine.

At risk of elim­i­na­tion this week are Paralympian Stead­man and for­mer crick­eter Swann, who are at the bot­tom of the leader­board with 24 and 26 points re­spec­tively.

Strictly Come Danc­ing’s re­sults show airs on BBC One tonight at 7.20pm.


Stacey Doo­ley and Kevin Clifton

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