Fans claim contestants' mistakes are 'being ignored'
The judges of Strictly Come Dancing are facing accusations of "playing favourites" from furious fans this year. Viewers have claimed that the judges are turning a blind eye to mistakes made by the contestants, especially in the case of Layton Williams.
Controversy over high scores for Layton Williams and Nikita Kuzmin
West End star Layton Williams and his dance partner Nikita Kuzmin received an almost perfect score of 39 during Saturday night's episode. They performed a couples' choice dance to Christina Aguilera's "Ain't No Other Man" on the iconic Blackpool dancefloor. However, many viewers were left enraged when they saw that Layton and Nikita had topped the leaderboard.
Viewer complaints about panel's scoring
In a Reddit thread titled "Anyone else find the booing of Craig annoying?", one viewer expressed frustration with the judges' scoring. They pointed out that Layton was out of sync with Nikita and criticized the female judges for allegedly showing favoritism towards Layton. Layton and Nikita received a 10 from Anton Du Beke, Shirley Ballas, and Motsi Mabuse, but Craig Revel Horwood gave them a nine instead.
Surprise and shock over Layton's pole dancing
Ballroom fans were also taken aback by Layton's pole dancing during the routine. Many viewers took to social media to express their surprise and excitement. Some even admitted that their hearts skipped a beat when Nikita started pole dancing.
Latest elimination and remaining contestants
TV personality Angela Rippon was the latest star to be eliminated from the competition. Bobby Brazier, Ellie Leach, Annabel Croft, Nigel Harman, Angela Scanlon, and Layton are still in the running.
Strictly Come Dancing continues on BBC One
Strictly Come Dancing will continue with its next episode on Saturday night on BBC One.
Viewers have raised concerns about the judges allegedly favoring certain contestants and turning a blind eye to mistakes. Layton Williams and his dance partner Nikita Kuzmin have received high scores despite criticism from some viewers. The show continues to captivate audiences with its surprising and thrilling performances.