Strictly Come Dancing 2018: Shirley Ballas hits back at fans following line-up reveal

Strictly Come Dancing judge Shirley Ballas spoke out about this year’s celebrity contestants after fans complained the line-up lacked stars.

The 57-year-old urged viewers to give the would-be dancers, including Steps singer Faye Tozer and comedian Sean Walsh, a chance.

Responding to criticism about the new batch of celebrities competing on the BBC dance contest, Shirley argued: “It’s a diverse panel of beautiful people, all with a story.

“You’ve got an Olympic athlete in there, it’s just going to be fantastic and people need to give it a chance.”

Speaking on the Loose Women show, she added: “Everybody has their opinions, but they are just opinions at the end of the day.”

Shirley told the panel the new series needs to have a variety of people and suggested fans will watch the show no matter what.

“It has to be a mixture of people and at the end of the day, people will watch it, they’ll judge for themselves,” she continued.

“Give these stars a chance and I know that, as with every year, with ratings, people love to tune in.”

She stated: “This is going to be a great panel of people.”

Shirley, who took over from Len Goodman last year, revealed contestants with previous dancing experience do not have an upper-hand.

Using Ashely Roberts as an example, she explained: “Of course she’s done a little hip-hop, but so had Aston Merrygold.

“He went out because he couldn’t do the Viennese Waltz.”

“Just because you can bop from foot to foot it doesn’t mean you can quickstep with another person in front of you, in frame, four arms, four legs, keeping your head to the left, it doesn’t mean that you can do that,” she noted.

“It’s a completely different story when it comes to ballroom or Latin.”

The mother-of-one also spoke about the more comical contestants, which she feels the show needs to thrive.

“I think again everybody should give everybody a chance,” she began.

“You can’t have anybody who can’t dance. Even if they’ve got a little comedy, they’re still good at their comedy.”

She finished: “They come down in clouds, they roll in on bicycles, they’re there to entertain and we sit with our family on those cold winter nights, we have our takeaway, the whole family enjoys it, some like it, they love it! They love it!”

This year the likes of Kate Silverton, Joe Sugg, Graeme Swann are competing against one another to be crowned the winner of Strictly Come Dancing 2018.

Strictly Come Dancing 2018 is expected to return to BBC One in the coming weeks.

Daily Express :: TV and Radio Feed

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