Strictly’s Shirley Ballas ‘mortified’ over Kaye Adams exit

Strictly: Kaye Adams is axed from show in week two

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Last weekend viewers saw Loose Women star Kaye Adams become the first celebrity in this series to be eliminated after facing the public vote. Going head-to-head with singer Matt Goss in the dance off Kaye’s fate was sealed when three judges chose to save Matt. However, head judge Shirley Ballas claims they made the wrong choice.

On Wednesday night’s instalment of The One Show, Strictly Shirley Ballas spoke to hosts Alex Jones and Jermaine Jenas about the competition so far.

Although the show started two weeks ago, it wasn’t until last Saturday that one star was sent home as voting was opened up to the public.

Scores from weeks one and two of the competition were combined along with the results from viewers’ votes which gave the show’s first bottom two celebrities to battle to stay in the dance-off.

Fans of the BBC show watched Loose Women star Kaye Adams and Matt Goss have to perform their routines once again with Kaye doing the Charleston and Matt the Samba.

With judges Craig Revel Horwood, Motsi Mabuse and Anton Du Beke all deciding to save Matt, it was Kaye and her partner Kai Widdrington who was sent home.

However, when presenter Tess Daly asked Shirley who she would have voted for, they disagreed with the other judges which she echoed when speaking to Alez and Jermaine on The One Show.

She said: “‘I just felt on the evening both couples made mistakes but the quality of Kaye was by far superior on that evening, and I was absolutely mortified that she left to be quite honest.

“I love my fellow judges, and we’re all there to do a job, but that was one they didn’t quite get right.”

Although Shirley added that she and her fellow judges don’t ever come to blows when there’s a disagreement on the panel.

She added: “‘You know sometimes I’m just delighted when they can agree and it’s not my job to send somebody home.”

“But [Kaye] was, and had, the most beautiful movement. She was fluid and I like fluidity. So there you go.”

During her short stint in the competition, Kaye and Kai managed to get a total of 43 after their scores of 21 and 22 were combined.

On the other end, topping the current leaderboard is actress Molly Rainford and her partner Carlos Gu who wowed the judges with their two routines and have a total of 65.

Not far behind is actor Will Mellor and Nancy Xu who have a total of 60 out of a possible 80 from the judges.

This weekend the remaining 14 celebrities will be tackling Movie Week which will see them not only have to learn routines but embody different characters from films.

Being saved last week, Matt told Rylan Clark on Strictly spin-off It Takes Too that he and Nadiya will be doing the Viennese waltz to the song Hold My Hand From the movie Top Gun: Maverick.

Touching on the sentiment the routine has for him, he explained that his grandad was a gunner in the war and will be focusing on the love story between him and his grandma.

Other routines that have been confirmed are EastEnder’s star James Bye and his partner Amy Dowden who will be doing the cha cha cha to the song Hooked on a Feeling from Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy.

With singer Fleur East tackling the American Smooth to the song Part Of Your World from the Disney film The Little Mermaid.

Strictly Come Dancing continues Saturday on BBC One at 6.30pm

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