Brendan Cole on GMB

Brendan Cole says Stacey Dooley’s Strictly win ‘made a mockery’ of show

He said the show has changed "so much" in the last year

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Former Strictly Come Dancing star Brendan Cole has criticised the judges for dishing out too many high scores this series as he hinted Stacey Dooley’s win ‘made a mockery’ of the show.

During an appearance on Good Morning Britain on Tuesday, the professional dancer – who was axed from Strictly earlier this year – claimed there have been too many changes to the show and even suggested that the judges don’t know what they’re doing.

The 42-year-old said: “The show has changed so much even from my time on it, even in the last year. We’ve seen a push to get a younger audience this year.”

Brendan Cole on GMB
Brendan criticised the judges for giving out too many high scores (Credit: ITV)

GMB host Charlotte Hawkins, who previously starred on the show with Brendan, then added: “The judges don’t always know what they are talking about.”

Brendan replied: “Well Craig [Revel Horwood] is usually bang on the money but I’m not sure about the rest of them.

“I was really disappointed with how many tens were thrown about across the board from various judges. Ten means it’s perfect and I’m sorry but I haven’t seen a perfect dance on Strictly in my 15 years.

“You get as close to a ten, especially in a final, but when they start giving them out on week three and week four you think, ‘we’ve got nowhere to go.'”

Brendan Cole on GMB
Brendan said he was “disappointed” over the judges’ high scores (Credit: ITV)

Host Piers Morgan questioned how Stacey Dooley had won despite not getting the top scores on the show.

Brendan replied: “It’s a popularity contest and that’s how the show wants it.

“I think it makes a bit of a mockery of it. At the same time it’s an entertainment show.”

It comes after pro dancer Kevin Clifton, who won this series with Stacey, said he confronted Craig Revel Horwood about his low marking at the wrap party.

Strictly judges Craig Revel Horwood, Shirley Ballas, Bruno Tonioli and Dame Darcey Bussell (BBC)
Brendan only rates judge Craig’s scores (Credit: BBC)

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Craig, 53, failed to give the dance couple tens during the final at the weekend.

Meanwhile, Brendan defended the show’s decision to have celebrities with different dancing experiences take part.

He said: “How boring would the show be if everyone was of a certain standard?”

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