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Tuesday 25th February 2020

Strictly viewers divided as Emma Barton gets through despite being bottom of leaderboard

She and Anton Du Beke received 22 points for their dance on Saturday

Viewers of Strictly Come Dancing are divided over Emma Barton and Anton Du Beke not being in the bottom two despite being bottom of the leaderboard.

The pair were given 22 points out of 40 for their Rhumba and head judge Shirley Ballas criticised the pair for being out of time.

Last night's show saw Viscountess Emma  leave the competition following a dance-off against Mike Bushell and Katya Jones.

Emma and Aljaz left the competition last night (Credit: BBC)

Read more: Strictly Come Dancing: Emma Weymouth eliminated in Week 7

However, viewers took to Twitter to question why Emma and Anton didn't end up in the bottom two as they received the least points during Saturday night's show.

One person said: "#Strictly disgusting that Emma W got voted out. She was better than Mike by a country mile. Plus he made a mess of a lift.

"Emma B should've been in the bottom two anyway, not Emma W. So unfair. Typical BBC."

Another wrote: "Got to laugh at the vitriol aimed at Mike when nobody has mentioned the fact that the bottom of the leaderboard ie Emma and Anton got through."

A third tweeted: "I understand why people moan about the dance off but this show is as much about popularity than anything else.

Got to laugh at the vitriol aimed at Mike when nobody has mentioned the fact that the bottom of the leaderboard ie Emma and Anton got through.

"Emma Barton should have been in the dance off this week but her and Anton’s popularity kept them in. I’d be more upset if Karim or Kelvin were in the bottom 2 this week."

After being saved last night, EastEnders actress Emma said on Twitter: "Thank you from the bottom of my heart for supporting & voting for me.

"I’m lost for words... The amount of love & kindness shown is truly overwhelming. So thank you all."

Fans showed Emma their support, with one replying: "People voted on what they saw, not what the judges said. Keep up the great work."

Some fans think Emma and Anton should have been in the bottom two (Credit: BBC)

Another said: "You looked beautiful and danced beautifully too. Will keep voting for you and Anton."

A third added: "So happy for you both really I am you deserve it."

Read more: Strictly's Shirley Ballas slammed for criticism of Emma Barton

It comes after Shirley was slammed by viewers for her feedback to Emma and Anton.

She said: "The only timing that I could read was the basic - the alemana and the sliding doors... the rest of it I have absolutely no idea on what count you were dancing for this dance.

"There are four beats and three steps - you have to understand that."

However, Anton hit back: "Sometimes there are four steps and three beats. Sometimes there are five steps and seven beats. Sometimes there are no steps!"

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