Strictly: Tom Fletcher says ‘it’s been an emotional week’
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Tom Fletcher supporters have jumped to the star’s defence after his performance received a low score by Strictly Come Dancing’s judging panel. The McFly frontman and his dance partner Amy Dowden performed an emotional routine to On My Own from Les Misérables which he dedicated to his sister Carrie Hope Fletcher, who has played Éponine in the West End show. However, his fans were left outraged by his score of 31, with some asking if the judges were “trying to get him out”.
Rachel Elizabeth was one of the star’s fans who took to Twitter to say: “How was it only Tom that got negative comments and none of the comments were even about his dancing? Are they trying to get Tom out or something? #strictly”
Julie Johnson added: “Best dance of the night was definitely Tom Fletcher #StrictlyComeDancing. There is no way Tilly was better than him or Rose.”
Erin Tomorrow remarked: “What the f**k am I getting told? Why is @TomFletcher [at] the bottom because it wasn’t emotional enough????
“It’s a dancing competition and you can’t tell someone how they feel when they aren’t them! not buying it @bbcstrictly.”
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Emma fumed: “I thought they were undermarked by the judges and the comments were more negative than they needed to be! Fingers crossed the public vote saves them from the bottom two!”
Jade Rose added: “Tom underscored and Tilly over scored in my opinion. #StrictlyComeDancing”
Chloe commented: “@TomFletcher and @dowden_amy
“I thought the performance was full of emotion, the judges must have been watching a completely different performance to what I was!”
Tom, who said he thought he was going to cry following his Musicals Week performance, told presenter Tess Daly: “I’ve had the best week and I’ve loved every second of it and it meant a lot to me because of my sister.”
Despite his best efforts, the judges criticised Tom’s performance for “lacking heart”.
Judge Motsi Mabuse said: “You wanted to get every single step right and you controlled yourself a little bit too much.”
She continued: “But still, when you are speaking about dancing, there was still a high quality of technique in your dancing.”
Shirley Ballas told Tom he had “style” but she had to agree with Motsi, saying: “If you want to cry, let it go. You cried in the VT and you really felt for your sister. But this was a miss for me.”
Strictly pro turned judge Anton Du Beke added: “I mean I’ve spent many evenings on the Strictly Come Dancing floor internally sobbing to myself.
“I have to say I enjoyed it, you were more powerful. I enjoyed the performance and I enjoy Musicals Week.
“My only criticism is that I could see exactly what was coming when you started coming towards me.”
Following their critiques, judge Cynthia Erivo scored Tom and Amy a seven and the other three judges all scored them an eight, which brought their total to 31.
They were one of the lowest-scoring couples of the evening which caused Tom’s fans to take to social media to defend his routine.
Jessica O’Reilly of Ladbrokes said: “Despite topping the leaderboard with a perfect score Tilly [Ramsay] finds herself in a three-horse race with Dan [Walker] and Tom to face elimination on Sunday.”
The Strictly Come Dancing results show airs on Sunday on BBC One.
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