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Strictly's Craig Revel Horwood sends Ellie Taylor to the bottom of the leaderboard with a score of 5


Ellie Taylor found herself at the bottom of the leaderboard during Saturday evening’s episode of Strictly Come Dancing.

The comedian performed an energetic jive with partner Johannes Radebe, but failed to impress notoriously strict judge Craig Revel Horwood – who gave the dance a mere five out of ten points.

While she managed to brush off the score by quipping: ‘At least it wasn’t a four’, many fans took to social media to share their anger over the harsh scoring.

'At least it wasn't a four!': Strictly's Craig Revel Horwood sent Ellie Taylor to the bottom of the leaderboard with a score of 5 during Saturday's episode

‘At least it wasn’t a four!’: Strictly’s Craig Revel Horwood sent Ellie Taylor to the bottom of the leaderboard with a score of 5 during Saturday’s episode

Ellie and Johannes took to the dance floor in matching pink checkered shirts for the fun performance.

But opening the comments afterwards, Craig said: ‘You got off on the wrong foot, it was lacklustre I’m afraid.’

Motsi Mabuse told them: ‘You had the fun of Jive. I like the whole looked. I have two sections for you, I have the performance which I think it getting better and then I have technical… you had the taste of the Jive which was nice to see.’

While Head Judge Shirley Ballas had her reservations over Ellie’s technique, as she told the comedian: ‘I loved the theme, I thought the narrative was good but for me, the technique missed completely.

Not a fan: 'You got off on the wrong foot, it was lacklustre I'm afraid,' said Craig as he marked the performance

Not a fan: ‘You got off on the wrong foot, it was lacklustre I’m afraid,’ said Craig as he marked the performance

Time to jive! The comedian performed an energetic jive with partner Johannes Radebe, as they donned matching pink checkered shirts

Time to jive! The comedian performed an energetic jive with partner Johannes Radebe, as they donned matching pink checkered shirts

‘It looked quite heavy and a bit flat footed. There is no mistaking, your personality is exquisite but, at week 10, I want a bit of both if we can.’

On a more positive note, Anton Du Beke added: ‘I love the way you perform your numbers. You could be a musical theatre star, you have great characterisation… I thought it was marvellous, well done.’

Giving his score, Craig offered five, Shirley gave six, while both Motsi and Anton gave sevens, totalling 25 – leaving them at the bottom of the leaderboard.

Dissapointing: Giving his score, Craig offered five, Shirley gave six, while both Motsi and Shirley gave sevens, totalling 25 - leaving them at the bottom of the leaderboard

Dissapointing: Giving his score, Craig offered five, Shirley gave six, while both Motsi and Shirley gave sevens, totalling 25 – leaving them at the bottom of the leaderboard

 ‘At least it wasn’t a four,’ responded Ellie, who had covered her eyes and burrowed her head into Johannes’ chest during the scoring.

While the star, who has previously found herself at the bottom of the leaderboard, appeared able to laugh off the disappointing feedback, many viewers weren’t so forgiving as they took to social media. 

‘I don’t care what the judges say / I enjoyed Ellie and Johannes’ jive – it was camp, cute and they had fun,’ wrote one fan.

While many fought both Ellie and Helen Skelton’s (who also recieved a five from the judge) corner’s, with one viewer writing: ‘Craig is just being ridiculous. Neither Ellie nor Helen should have got a 5’.

Outrage: While the star appeared able to laugh off the dissapointing feedback, many viewers weren't so forgiving as they took to social media

Outrage: While the star appeared able to laugh off the dissapointing feedback, many viewers weren’t so forgiving as they took to social media

‘No way was that a 5, can tell who Craig wants to go home, Helen or Ellie, totally undermarked,’ quipped another. 

Elsewhere in the show, Will Mellor managed to top the leaderboard by scoring 38 out of a possible 40 points with his impressive Charleston. 

And one dancing duo will just miss out on next week’s semi-final, as the show returns tomorrow, Sunday 27 November, to announce the result of the public vote and send one celebrity home.

STRICTLY COME DANCING: WEEK 10 LEADERBOARD 

Will Mellor and Nancy Xu – 38 points

Hamza Yassin and Jowita Przystal – 37 points 

Molly Rainford and Carlos Gu – 35 points

Fleur East and Vito Coppola – 35 points 

Helen Skelton and Gorka Marquez – 29 points 

Ellie Taylor and Johannes Radebe – 25 points

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