Strictly Come Dancing judges called out over biased scoring

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Over the past few weeks, 15 celebrities have taken to the dance floor in a bid to fight for their place on Strictly Come Dancing. Kaye Adams was the first celebrity to be booted from the BBC show, followed by Richie Anderson and Matt Goss. Each week, the dance routines get tougher and so does the judges’ feedback. However, some of the judges have come under fire over their scoring of the contestants, with many fans branding the panel “biased”.

Speaking exclusively to Express.co.uk about last week’s performances, dance professor Dr Jill Rose Jacobs has analysed both the judges’ and contestants’ movements.

The expert went on to agree with Shirley Ballas, Craig Revel Horwood, Anton du Beke and Motsi Mabuse’s feedback, claiming the celebrities had made a vast improvement in their routines.

On behalf of Heart Bingo, she began: “The judges largely remarked on each contestant’s improvements, with Craig Revel Horwood saying, ‘It looks like everyone took magic dance pills!’.

“I do agree that this week, the quality of performances has improved significantly.”

However, Dr Jill did point out that she did disagree with some of the judges’ marks.

She believes the panel’s scores may be “biased” or “influenced” by something that occurred off the air.

The expert continued: “Although I found myself often disagreeing with the scoring, I would be questioning if the judges’ perspective of the dance floor had skewed their scores.

“If there was a scoring bias; or perhaps a judge had been influenced by something which happened behind-the-scenes.

“The improved physical conditioning also resulted in better body-mind coordination.

“The lack thereof can be spotted in dancing behind the musical beat and in a movement that lacks cohesion.”

Dr Jill claimed the gruelling training sessions may also be taking its toll on some of the celebrities, and that there may be more injuries to come.

“The intensity of practice and performance in Strictly’s schedule may be beginning to take a toll on the celebrity contestants,” she remarked.

“This week, both Hamza [Yassin] and Will [Mellor] were ill during training. I predict that this trend will continue in the upcoming weeks.

” We’ll also see a couple of minor injuries developing within the next couple of weeks.

“It is well documented within Sports and Dance Science research that fatigue can be a leading factor and cause of injuries.

“Some celebrities may have been exposed to some rudimentary dance routines during their careers.”

“However, it can be a difficult adjustment for some celebrities to keep up with the level of physicality that strictly requires,” the expert added.

On Saturday night, the remaining celebrities will mark 100 years of the BBC with a Strictly special.

Several of the contestants will perform a special routine to the theme of a BBC show.

James Bye, who plays Martin Fowler in EastEnders, will be dancing with his partner Amy Dowden to the theme tune of the BBC soap.

Express.co.uk has reached out to the BBC for comment.

Strictly Come Dancing airs on Saturday at 6.40pm on BBC One.

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