Wednesday 18 July 2018

Outraged Strictly fans calling ‘fix’ over Aston’s shock exit and perfect 40 for Debbie McGee

Aston during his final dance on Strictly Come Dancing
Aston during his final dance on Strictly Come Dancing
Aston Merrygold was eliminated from Strictly
Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

Fans are still reeling in the wake of Strictly favourite Aston Merrygold's shock exit from the show on Sunday night, with many calling the result a 'fix'.

The former JLS star faced Saturdays singer Mollie King in the dance off and the deciding vote fell to judge Shirley Ballas who opted to save Mollie.

Mollie King and AJ Pritchard during the live show of the BBC1 dance contest, Strictly Come Dancing
Mollie King and AJ Pritchard during the live show of the BBC1 dance contest, Strictly Come Dancing

Despite being the bookies' favourite to win and achieving impressive scores each week, Aston was the sixth celebrity dancer to depart.

Fans were horrified and took to Twitter to voice their anger.

However, some did point out that the public need to vote for the dancers they want to see remain in the competition and could have saved Aston from the dance off (and resulting departure) by voting for him in the first place.

Many fans also questioned the judges' collective adoration for Debbie McGee, who achieved the first perfect 40 following her dance on Saturday night.

The former magician’s assistant is the first to earn four tens so early in the series.  Debbie and partner Giovanni Pernice collected 40 for their tango to The Black Eyed Peas’ I Gotta Feeling.

The routine created Strictly history as judge Craig Revel Horwood fell to his knees and bowed down to McGee while Darcey Bussell said she had never seen a tango like that.

Bruno Tonioli said it was like “watching a tango masterclass” while head judge Shirley Ballas labelled it “outstanding”.

However, many fans on social media did not agree.

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