Strictlys Shirley Ballas hits out at vile trolling as she wins awards: Guess I do know about dance

Strictly Come Dancing's Shirley Ballas has hit out at the "vile trolling" she has received recently.

The head judge, 62, took to Instagram on Tuesday to reveal she had won two gongs recently, one at the Legends Of Industry Awards 2022 and another at the Ballroom Dancers' Federation.

Posting a snap with her Special Award from the BDF, Shirley penned: "This certainly made a difficult week more beautiful. Second industry award this week. I guess I do know a thing or two about dance.

"Feeling honoured to be celebrated in my own industry for outstanding work spanning four decades."

Shirley also posted snaps with her Choreography and Dance award at the Legends Of Industry Awards 2022, writing: "Last Thursday at @varietygb's Legend Of Industry Awards 2022.

"I was very honoured to receive my award for Choreography & Dance" with a heart emoji.

She added: "After weeks of vile trolling this was a breath of fresh air."

It comes as Shirley called for "respect" after receiving hurtful comments on social media.

The dance expert posted on Twitter following the BBC One show's Movie Week special, which saw the exit of Radio 2's Richie Anderson and his professional partner Giovanni Pernice.

Many fans were baffled by Shirley's comments following Sunday night's dance-off, when she said she would have saved Richie over X Factor star Fleur East, despite her receiving all three of her fellow judges' votes to stay in the competition.

Others were also concerned about her "strict" comments towards comedian Ellie Taylor, with her heavily critiquing her footwork compared to other contestants.

She wrote: "I have received many apologies over the wekend regarding hurtful messages I’ve received on social media.

"All apologies are accepted and from now on let’s all respect each other and enjoy the show."

The star concluded "Love to you all," with a red heart emoji."

Her actor boyfriend Danny Taylor tweeted in reply: "My girl once again standing up to the bullies. Bullying of any kind shape or has no place in society. With you all the way lovely xx."

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Fans were also quick to show their support, with one writing: "For goodness sake it's an entertainment programme people…. stop bullying others on this platform whatever happened to #bekind.

"I'm sorry to hear all the messages sent to you Shirley maybe I didn't agree with your judgement but we all have different opinions and I respect yours."

Another replied: "I say let the haters hate! You are paid to give your professional opinion based on your experience of many years people should never be hurtful or disrespectful because they don't agree with your choices there are ways and means to convey your opinion & hate isn't one of them."

"It’s an entertainment show so anyone being hurtful or negative really needs to look at what is going on in their lives," wrote a third.


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