Strictly judges baffled by glitch
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