Debbie McGee topped the Strictly leaderboard once again on Saturday night, with a stunning Waltz that landed her an impressive 34 points from the show’s judges.
It was this combined with last week’s feisty Paso Doble that lead the former magician’s assistant to secure a place in next week’s show, sailing through to the next round of the competition.
However, Debbie’s clear ballroom prowess and impressive routines on the Strictly dancefloor have lead some viewers to criticise the contestant, with twitter users claiming that her previous dancing experience has given her an unfair advantage over the other celebrities.
At 16, she won a place at the Royal Ballet School, and went on to join the Iranian National Ballet in Tehran, before troubles in the country forced her to halt her dancing career to return to the UK.
Following her skilled performance over the weekend, fans however took to social media to berate the dancer for her past experience.
But other fans were quick to jump to her defence, pointing out that, at 58, her dance ability is still an impressive feat.
And recently, Debbie McGee herself addressed the criticism, whilst live during an interview with Holly and Phil on This Morning.
She defended her performances, stating that her ballet training was a long time ago, and unrelated to her current Strictly experience. She said, “I had ballet training over 30 years ago, it’s so opposite to anything I have ever done.
“The thing is, it’s so different to ballroom and Latin. I’ve never done anything like this.
“I danced over 30 years ago, I would describe it as a bit like if you asked a footballer to go and do something else 30 years later.
“It’s a completely different muscle, when you’re older, any muscle that stayed a bit trained from 30 years ago I’ve now got to untrain that, which is hard.”
On Saturday night, Debbie also thanked a fan on her Twitter for defending her and the accusations.
While Debbie was celebrating a winning result over the weekend, Chizzy Akudolu was the first celebrity to leave Strictly, much to the disappointment of her fans.