Strictly fans are ‘furious’ with Shirley Ballas over Strictly quarter-final: ‘Absolutely fuming’

Some fans aren’t happy about who’s going into the semi-finals…

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Tonight’s dramatic quarter-final saw a favourite contestant lose out on their chance to win the Glitterball Trophy.

In musicals week, the couples tackled everything from Oliver! to Hairspray, but sadly Alex Scott and Neil Jones failed to impress judges in the dance off.

The pair lost out to rivals Chris Ramsey and partner Karen Hauer, but fans have since questioned the result, with one even calling for Shirley Ballas to have her ‘head judge privileges revoked’.

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One Strictly Come Dancing fan wrote, ‘Absolutely fuming. Voted in the middle of downing shots last night to save @AlexScott & @Mr_NJones - what a genuinely lovely novice dancer! #Strictly #Strictly2019’

‘I've said it before, I'll probably say it again; Shirley Ballas should have her head judge privileges revoked. Time after time she continues to fail on delivering accurate appraisals. #Strictly #StrictlyComeDancing,’ ranted another fan.

Another said, ‘The head judge rule is the worst. In the event of a draw why not go back to public vote to see who got less votes? And make them have a dance off to the same song!! #Strictly.’

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Sports star Alex has gone from strength to strength in the BBC show, winning a legion of fans who have closely followed her journey.

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Tonight, they performed their samba to Joyful Joyful from the Sister Act musical - which disappointingly earned them the lowest score of the night (27).

Shirley Ballas and Bruno Tonioli opted to save Chris and Karen, while Craig Revel Horwood and Motsi Mabuse named Alex and Neilthe better dancers.

It was Shirley who had the deciding vote.

She said, "This is a very, very difficult decision.

“Both couples danced extremely well and, for me, it's going to go personal taste, and I'm going to go with the couple that I felt had the most content and more powerfully entertaining, and therefore I am saving Chris and Karen."

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Speaking to Strictly host Tess Daly, Alex said, "I've been a fan of Strictly forever, so to even be here and dance here every week.

"I've loved every moment and I have to thank everyone, and everyone behind the scenes to make this show work.

"I've literally lived out another dream - I had football and then this chapter. I have to thank my dance partner, he's incredible. Thank you to everyone.”

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