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Saturday 19th January 2019

Danny John-Jules blasts Strictly judges amid "stitch-up" claims

Red Dwarf actor retweets fans' accusations

Danny John-Jules has hit out at Strictly Come Dancing's judges amid claims he is the victim of a "stitch-up".

The Red Dwarf actor retweeted a string of messages accusing the show of a vendetta against him, after he finished bottom of the leaderboard last night.

Danny hit the headlines this week after reportedly leaving professional partner Amy Dowden in tears during training and telling her: "I'm the star, not you."

Danny and Amy perform the samba (Credit: BBC/Guy Levy)

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You need to chill out just a little bit. I love your dancing but it just needs to calm down.

After their samba on Saturday's live show, judge Craig Revel Horwood told Danny he needed to "chill out" and "calm down".

Bruno Tonioli advised him "to be very careful" when pushing Amy around the dance-floor.

Danny doesn't look happy with the judges' comments (Credit: BBC)

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It clearly left the Death In Paradise star feeling aggrieved as he went on to retweet posts accusing the show of wanting him out.

One fan wrote: "Sensing a bit of a stitch up." Another posted: "Tonight you were robbed by the judges."

Echoing those views, a third added: "Strictly seems to have decided it's his time to go."

Holby City actress Chizzy Akudolu, who appeared on last year's ballroom series, also voiced her support on Twitter.

She wrote: "Just voted for my other mate @DannyJohnJules too. He's an entertainer and I hate that he's been targeted this week. Keep rising dude. Those who know you, know the truth #Strictly."

Danny retweeted numerous other messages vouching for his good character.

On last night's show, Craig Revel Horwood said of the actor's performance: "I thought it was very spiky, very stiff.

"There's too much energy in your dancing. You need to chill out just a little bit. I love your dancing but it just needs to calm down."

Craig told him to "chill out" (Credit: BBC)

Bruno added: "You have to be very careful. You can't be too sharp and staccato. You push her and you lose that soft bounce."

But Darcey Bussell and Shirley Ballas told Danny he made "no mistakes".

Danny and Amy appeared on Friday night's It Takes Two to deny claims that he was bullying his partner.

The pair had "too much bounce" (Credit: BBC/Guy Levy)

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His wife Petula has also taken to Twitter to accuse Strictly of "trying to destroy him".

* Strictly Come Dancing: The Results is on BBC1 at 7.50pm tonight.

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