Shirley Ballas takes savage 'swipe' at Strictly's Dianne Buswell – but did you spot it? | The Sun

STRICTLY Come Dancing's Shirley Ballas was called out by swathes of fans after they accused her of throwing shade on Dianne Buswell.

The BBC show's head judge, 62, who worse a stunning fringed Karen Millen Jumpsuit for the half-way point in Strictly Come Dancing's series, irked viewers in her feedback.

As Shirley was giving her take on Dianne, 33, and Tyler West's Waltz – a routine they had struggled with through training – she referred to the Aussie pro as "Diana."

For Dianne's part, she let the comment wash over her as they listened to the remainder of the critique.

Dianne made her Strictly debut in 2017 – the same year as ballroom queen Shirley.

Fans took the slip of the tongue to be a mark of disrespect, with one raging: "2 weeks in a row Shirley has called Dianne “Diana” – wtf? It's beyond ignorant considering her name is mentioned right before my Tess, the other judges and she's been doing Strictly for 5 years. Get Shirley in the bin #Strictly."


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Another put: "Not shirley calling Dianne Diana again … when does it become disrespectful? #strictly."

A third continued: "Why does Shirley continue to call Diane the wrong name week on week?! It's not Diana. Just ignorant at this stage #Strictly."

One then quipped: "Diana? Who’s that Shirley? #Strictly 😅," as a fan mused: "Dianne is one of the most popular professionals, does all the tours and everything yet Shirley still called her 'Diana'??? If someone misnamed one of the judges they'd have something to say. The disrespect 👎."

Another then surmised: "Whyyy does Shirley insist on calling her Diana honestly it’s not even a one time thing anymore at this point it feels weird? #strictly."

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Yet despite the name mishap, viewers were equally angry as the judges appeared to favour the couple during their scoring.

While it wasn't Tyler's best performance by a long shot, he still managed to score 29 points, even though the judges picked up on mistakes.

Head judge Shirley said there were "too many mistakes, too much incorrect footwork, you can forgive a little bit…collapsed in the frame, I've seen it better, I've seen you better."

Meanwhile Anton Du Beke added: "The thing that bothered me the most was the top line. It's not bad just a bit wonky."

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Fan favourite Hamza Yassin topped the leaderboard while Tony Adams found himself at the bottom with 21 points.

Strictly Come Dancing airs Saturdays on BBC One and is available on BBC iPlayer.

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