Strictly’s Shirley Ballas defends ‘all over the place’ judges’ scores and says you mark ‘in the moment’

Strictly Come Dancing 's Shirley Ballas has defended the judges' "all over the place" scoring on the show.

The head judge, 61, also insisted that she "marks in the moment" on the BBC One dance show and that it is due to the standard being "higher".

Appearing on Thursday's episode of This Morning, host Phillip Schofield said: "You're not being overly generous this year. Is it the fact that the standard is higher than normal?"

To which Shirley said: "The standard is higher and I believe that I must score according to what I see. So, if it deserves a ten, I'm giving.

"It might be a three next week or a two and then people will be: 'Ooh, the scores are all over the place', but you have to mark what you see in the moment."

During the latest episode of Strictly on Saturday, John Whaite and Johannes Radebe were left in tears as they topped the leaderboard with 39 points after receiving three 10s.

Shirley said after the incredible performance: "I didn't want to sit down, I forgot to sit down, I was so excited. I haven't seen anything like that, thank you for closing our show with such a magnificent performance."


Elsewhere during the interview on Thursday, the judge said that she is trolled "all the time" for her decisions on the show.

Shirley said: "If I send a man home, I'm a 'man hater'. If I send a woman home, it's because I'm 'old and ugly' and I'm sending a lovely young girl home. It's nothing to do with that at all."

To which a shocked Phillip asked: "So you get trolled?" with Shirley replying: "Oh, I get it all the time.

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"At the end of the day, my job is to mark exactly what I see at that moment and I do and I can sleep at night and I do it with honesty, so I'm proud of that."

Strictly Come Dancing continues on Saturday with the results show airing on Sunday on BBC One while This Morning continues on weekdays at 10am on ITV.

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