Charlotte Hawkins undeniably had a difficult run on last week’s Strictly Come Dancing, scoring just 12 points for her Cha-cha with professional partner Brendan Cole.
Following the routine, both Brendan and Charlotte were criticised for the performance, with the judges, including Bruno Tonioli and Shirley Ballas, taking aim at Brendan’s ‘over-complicated’ routine, and Charlotte’s static performance.
While the Strictly pair graciously accepted the criticism on the night, and managed to get through into the next round of the competition, Brendan has since spoken out against the judges and their remarks on the live show.
Earlier this week, Brendan defended GMB presenter Charlotte against comments made by Bruno Tonioli. He claimed that Brendan was ‘dragging’ Charlotte around the dancefloor, and also laughed when Charlotte admitted she’d forgotten the dance.
The comments prompted Brendan to take to Twitter to profess his anger at the judges reaction, saying, “I object to belittling someone who has worked hard and is clearly upset at the situation.
He continued, stating his opinion that “laughing at someone’s misfortune is digusting”, suggesting a direct reference to Bruno’s reaction…
But most recently, the popular Strictly pro has taken aim at Shirley Ballas, for her view that Brendan should have made the routine simpler for Charlotte.
Live on It Takes Two, he admitted feeling disappointed about the Head Judge’s comments.
He admitted, “I think she could keep those opinions to herself, that was a very simple routine.
“It was all basic choreography, I put in two difficult steps. One was the reverse pro stir.”
Brendan continued to challenge the judge, saying, “If Shirley wants to swap places I’m quite happy to judge, I know how to do that.”
The Strictly dancer also confessed that he was attempting to give the judges something exciting, after Shirley claimed at the beginning of the series she wanted to see something different.
Brendan admitted that it was frustrating that their routine was too much for judge Shirley. He said, “It disappoints me. As professionals you almost can’t do the right thing. You can give too much or they want more.”
He finished, saying “It’s frustrating but I don’t worry about them…”