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Wednesday 19th February 2020

Strictly's Mike Bushell hits out at 'ridiculous' abuse from show's trolls

It's supposed to be a happy show

Mike Bushell had admitted he thinks the abuse he's had from Strictly Come Dancing fans is "ridiculous".

The sports presenter, 53, reportedly received threats via Twitter after he survived a dance-off against former Coronation Street favourite Catherine Tyldesley, who was given the boot in week six.

Now, Mike thinks the situation has gone far enough.

Mike's come close to elimination a few times (Credit: BBC)

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In a chat with the Daily Mirror, he said: "I tried to report it but they deleted the tweet and deleted the account.

"Often you go onto these accounts and they've only got two followers. It's just someone having a dig. I never for a millisecond took it seriously. No way.

"Now there's been a few saying they're not going to watch unless I resign but we don't take any of that seriously. It's ridiculous! It's a fun show, we trust the judges. They're the experts. All you can do is concentrate on your own dance, do your best and cheer everyone else on."

His performances have divided fans (Credit: BBC)

Speaking further, Mike - who is partnered on the programme with Russian dancer Katya Jones - said he thinks it's "daft" that people tell him to "resign" when he spends all week "trying" his best in training.

But his aim is nevertheless to "rise above" all the abuse from the trolls.

It's ridiculous! It's a fun show, we trust the judges.

He explained that Strictly is supposed to be a "happy show" and insisted he has "loved every step of it", with each week feeling like "a bonus" if he tries his hardest and walks out with his "head held high".

Strictly fans were up in arms last week (3.11.19) when Mike and Katya were saved again in the dance-off, this time beating Viscountess Emma Weymouth and her pro partner, Aljaz Skorjanec.

Emma also lost to Mike Bushell (Credit: BBC)

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Fans quickly took to social media to brand the decision a 'fix', while some even said they will now 'boycott' Strictly.

Mike also managed to spark 'fixing' claims after admitting he had booked a room in a Blackpool hotel for the upcoming iconic Tower Ballroom episode.

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