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Downcast Will Mellor apologises to his children after criticism from Strictly Come Dancing judges


Will Mellor apologised to his children after failing to completely satisfy the Strictly Come Dancing judges who highlighted mistakes in his routine during Saturday’s live show.

The actor, 46, danced the Salsa with his professional partner Nancy Xu, 31, and was awarded 26 points out of a possible 40, leaving him disappointed.

Screen star Will said his children Jayden, 18, and Renee, 14, who he shares with wife Michelle, were watching at home during a party with their friends, prompting him to apologise, as he said: ‘Sorry it wasn’t great for you kids. I tried my best.’

Disappointed: Will Mellor, 46, apologised to his children after failing to satisfy the Strictly Come Dancing judges who highlighted mistakes in his routine during Saturday's live show

Disappointed: Will Mellor, 46, apologised to his children after failing to satisfy the Strictly Come Dancing judges who highlighted mistakes in his routine during Saturday’s live show

His fellow Strictly competitors and host Claudia Winkleman, 50, jumped to reassure him, exclaiming ‘no!’, as he looked down towards the ground.

Twinkle-toed star Nancy said she ‘pushed him really hard’ in their training sessions this week, adding that she ‘wants to bring out the best in him’.

She then apologised to the former Coronation Street cast member for ‘maybe pushing him too hard’ before the next pair were introduced to perform their routine. 

Making moves: The actor danced the Salsa with his professional partner Nancy Xu, 31, and was awarded 26 points out of a possible 40 by the judges, leaving him disappointed

Making moves: The actor danced the Salsa with his professional partner Nancy Xu, 31, and was awarded 26 points out of a possible 40 by the judges, leaving him disappointed

Viewing party: Screen star Will said his children Jayden, 18, and Renee, 14, who he shares with wife Michelle, were watching at home during a party with their friends

Viewing party: Screen star Will said his children Jayden, 18, and Renee, 14, who he shares with wife Michelle, were watching at home during a party with their friends

Support: His fellow Strictly competitors and host Claudia Winkleman, 50, jumped to reassure him, exclaiming 'no!', as he looked down towards the ground

Support: His fellow Strictly competitors and host Claudia Winkleman, 50, jumped to reassure him, exclaiming ‘no!’, as he looked down towards the ground

Family affair: Will shares children Jayden, 18 (right), and Renee, 14 (second left), who he shares with his dancer and actress wife Michelle McSween, who he married in 2007

Family affair: Will shares children Jayden, 18 (right), and Renee, 14 (second left), who he shares with his dancer and actress wife Michelle McSween, who he married in 2007

Taking to Twitter, one viewer remarked: ‘Trying to milk the sad children sympathy votes this early? Will Mellor knows no shame #Strictly.’

Noting Will’s downcast response to his routine, another person wrote: ‘#scd #SCD thank goodness Will Mellor isn’t on the judging panel cos he would’ve given himself the worse score!’

Another unimpressed viewer posted: ‘That was about as soulless as it gets from Will Mellor lol. That shirt bit looked like a Dad was turning up at Woolworths to check out the Basic Range of Rollers for Wallpapering and got over excited. #Strictly.’

Opinion: Strictly Come Dancing viewers took to Twitter after Will's performance to express their views

Opinion: Strictly Come Dancing viewers took to Twitter after Will’s performance to express their views

Adding a more balanced view, someone else wrote: ‘Will Mellor got the dreaded samba out of the way early, it wasn’t good or bad but wasn’t as good as his dance last week. He’s still good though. And the samba is a curse for nearly all who dance it and is notorious for low scores. #Strictly #StrictlyComeDancing.’

While someone else wrote: ‘#willmellor giving it everything but that Samba was a tough one. Natural musicality and rhythm. #StrictlyComeDancing #strictly202 #Strictly.’

Delighted with what they saw, one fan shared: ‘Hello, Will Mellor. Yes, there were mistakes. But he performed it well #SCD.’

Practice makes perfect: Twinkle-toed star Nancy said she 'pushed him really hard' in their training sessions this week, adding that she 'wants to bring out the best in him'

Practice makes perfect: Twinkle-toed star Nancy said she ‘pushed him really hard’ in their training sessions this week, adding that she ‘wants to bring out the best in him’

Regrets? She then apologised to the former Coronation Street cast member for 'maybe pushing him too hard' before the next pair were introduced to perform their routine

Regrets? She then apologised to the former Coronation Street cast member for ‘maybe pushing him too hard’ before the next pair were introduced to perform their routine

And another viewer posted: ‘None of expected Will Mellor to take to this like a duck to water, did we? #Strictly.’

Despite being downbeat on himself, Will scored a reasonable 26 out of 40 from the judges. 

Giving his verdict after Will’s performance, judge Craig Revel Horwood, 57, said: ‘I thought you danced all of that just too heavily into the floor, and that interrupted the flow. 

The scores are in: Despite being downbeat on himself, Will scored a reasonable 26 out of 40 from the judges

The scores are in: Despite being downbeat on himself, Will scored a reasonable 26 out of 40 from the judges

Ready for more: Strictly Come Dancing: The Results airs on BBC One on Sunday at 7.15pm

Ready for more: Strictly Come Dancing: The Results airs on BBC One on Sunday at 7.15pm

‘It was a bit jagged in places and this is a dance that should be a melting pot of steps.’

Will said after the judges’ comments: ‘They were right, my mind went completely blank. I got to a certain step and thought, “I don’t know what’s coming next”.

‘I don’t know, it’s the first time I’ve opened the show, whether it’s nerves? But it’s life, that’s what can happen.’

Strictly Come Dancing: The Results airs on BBC One on Sunday at 7.15pm. 

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HELEN SKELTON AND GORKA MARQUEZ 

Helen Skelton and Gorka Marquez

Helen Skelton and Gorka Marquez

Celebrity’s age: 39

Profession: TV and radio broadcaster

Helen says: ‘I’m really excited to get stuck into a fun adventure. My family and friends have always loved the show and can’t wait for me to get started’

ELLIE SIMMONDS AND NIKITA KUZMIN 

Ellie Simmonds and Nikita Guzman

Ellie Simmonds and Nikita Guzman

Celebrity’s age: 27

Profession: Former athlete 

Ellie says: ‘To be asked to be part of the Strictly family is just so exciting and I cannot wait, it’s going to so much fun.’

ELLIE TAYLOR AND JOHANNES RADEBE 

Ellie Taylor and Johannes Radebe

Ellie Taylor and Johannes Radebe

Celebrity’s age: 38

Profession: Comedian

Ellie says: ‘Well, cover me in fake tan and roll me in sequins! I’m absolutely over the moon to be a part of Strictly 2022!’

FLEUR EAST AND VITO COPPOLA 

Fleur East and Vito Coppola

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Celebrity’s age: 34 

Profession: Singer

Fleur says:  ‘I’m equally nervous and thrilled to be part of this year’s Strictly line up. I’m excited to learn new skills and I want to soak up every moment of this magical experience.’

JAMES BYE AND AMY DOWDEN 

James Bye and Amy Dowden

James Bye and Amy Dowden

Celebrity’s age: 38

Profession: EastEnders actor

James says ‘I’m not known for my shimmy or my twinkle toes – in fact my kids regularly laugh at my dad dancing but it’s an honour to be asked and I’m going to give it my best shot.’

JAYDE ADAMS AND KAREN HAUER 

Jayde Adams and Karen Hauer

Jayde Adams and Karen Hauer

Celebrity’s age: 37

Profession: Comedian

Jayde says: ‘I’ve been a massive fan of the show for years. I feel like I’m watching myself in a dream and I can’t believe I’ve manifested this.’

TYLER WEST AND DIANNE BUSWELL 

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Celebrity’s age: 26

Profession: Radio DJ

Tyler says: ‘It’s a show that means so much to me and my family and I can’t wait to seriously shake a leg on that shiny dance floor… with a side of sequins.’

HAMZA YASSIN AND JOWITA PRZYSTAL 

Hamza Yassin and Jowita Przystal

Hamza Yassin and Jowita Przystal

Celebrity’s age: 35

Profession: Wildlife cameraman and presenter

Hamza says: ‘I am absolutely over the moon to be joining Strictly 2022. Never in a million years did I think I’d be on such a cool show.’

RICHIE ANDERSON AND GIOVANNI PERNICE 

Richie Anderson and Giovanni Pernice

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Celebrity’s age: 34

Profession: Radio presenter 

Richie says: ‘This is a dream come true! I cannot wait to get in those sparkles and sequins and shimmy across the most famous dance floor in the world!’

KYM MARSH AND GRAZIANO DI PRIMA 

Kym Marsh and Graziano Di Prima

Kym Marsh and Graziano Di Prima

Celebrity’s age: 46

Profession: Coronation Street star and presenter

Kym says: ‘I’m so delighted that this year they have! I’m a huge fan of the show and can’t believe I’m going to go from watching at home in my pyjamas to actually dancing in front of the judges in a glittery dress.’

MATT GOSS AND NADIYA BYCHKOVA 

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Celebrity’s age: 53

Profession: Singer

Matt says: ‘I’ve been reclusive, I come and work and then go back to America. I thought, it’s time for me to come home and get out of my own way’

MOLLY RAINFORD AND CARLOS GU 

Molly Rainford and Carlos Gu

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Age: 21

Profession: Singer 

Molly says: ‘I already know it’s gonna be an experience of a lifetime and I can’t wait to meet the rest of the Strictly family I’ll be sharing it with.’

WILL MELLOR AND NANCY XU 

Will Mellor and Nancy Xu

Will Mellor and Nancy Xu

Celebrity’s age: 46

Profession: Actor

Will says: ‘I know it will be a huge challenge but that’s what life is all about. This is also my Mum’s favourite show and she’s had a really tough few years so I’m doing this is for her as well. Bring it on!’

TONY ADAMS AND KATYA JONES 

Tony Adams and Katya Jones

Tony Adams and Katya Jones

Celebrity’s age: 55

Profession: Retired footballer and manager

Tony says:  ‘To say I’m excited is an understatement – the lure of the sequins and the call of the salsa has me swapping my battered old football boots for a set of Strictly soft shoes’

KAYE ADAMS AND KAI WIDDRINGTON 

Kaye Adams and Kai Widdrington

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Celebrity’s age: 59 

Profession: Television presenter 

Kaye says: ‘I said I wanted to make the last year of my fifties memorable and i can’t think of a better way of doing it than showing the world my two left feet. Pray for me!’ 

 

 

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