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Strictly’s Shirley Ballas hits back at viewers accusing her of hate campaign

The dancing champion is furious over attacks

Being the head judge on Strictly Come Dancing sometimes means giving unpopular feedback, but viewers have accused Shirley Ballas of singling out contestant Faye Tozer in a hate campaign.

Now, the 58-year-old dancing champion has hit back in a series of tweets, calling out the “negative people” and their “nasty disgusting comments.”

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Shirley battled viewers over her comments to Faye Tozer (credit: BBC)

The TV judge posted a quote that declared: “No matter what you do, someone will have something negative to say. Try not to take it personally.”

Shirley added the comment: “I love this I was sent today. After all the negative people and such nasty disgusting comments I received, I post this for anyone out there who has to deal with nasty people.

“Be kind caring and loving. I live by that. HATE is an awful trait.”

She also spent time on Twitter replying to many of the trolls directly.

“Thank you for your lovely comments,” she tweeted sarcastically to one that read: “Faye has a lot of class, which Shirley hasn’t.”

Another violent threat encouraged the other judges to “HIGH FIVE @ShirleyBallas IN THE FACE WITH A CHAIR”.

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Shirley told Faye she wanted her to be more dynamic (credit: BBC)

Shirley replied: “How lovely. I hope someone never wishes that on your family… can you imagine? And this is a fun TV show, imagine all the young people who are bullied like this. Shame on you. You can disagree politely not aggressively.”

She called out another viewer for their “disgusting comment.”

The TV star also thanked others for defending her, writing to one: “Thank you Mel. I’m happy for people to disagree in a non aggressive hateful way. We must make the world go round with love and kindness. Enjoy tonight.”

Shirley also insisted her comments to Faye were not personal, tweeting: “I love all the dancers. I have a job to do and I bring my years of experience. It is my opinion and it’s what I’m on the show to do. But thank you. Enjoy.”

Read more: Giovanni Pernice speaks out on Shirley Ballas’s criticism of Faye Tozer

The Steps star danced the jive on Saturday night, with dance partner, Giovanni Pernice. They got a nine from notoriously tough judge Craig Revel Horwood.

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Faye is the show favourite this year (credit: BBC)

But Shirley said she “expected more” from the couple, and gave them the lowest score on the panel – an eight – which outraged viewers at home.

One tweeted: “Why does @ShirleyBallas hate @Faye_Tozer so much?!? Every week she is negative ! #scd2018 #StrictlyComeDancing.”

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Faye looked confused by Shirley’s comments (credit: BBC)

Another wrote: “@Faye_Tozer and @pernicegiovann1 were outstanding. What did Shirley Ballas see? Jealousy perhaps. #Strictly #Strictly2018 #StrictlyComeDancing.”

A third told her: “@ShirleyBallas you need to watch back Faye & Giovanni’s dance. You are completely out of order with that mark & verging on just being [bleepy] with that score. #Strictly.”

A fourth added: “Shirley Ballas is making herself look like a complete jealous witch. What’s with the hate towards Faye? Is it that hard to praise the technical ability like you do everyone, Shirl? Nasty piece of work.”

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The judges all give negative feedback at times (credit: ShirleyBallas Twitter)

Giovanni later appeared on Strictly spin-off It Takes Two to say Shirley should’ve worded her criticism better.

The 28-year-old told presenter Zoe Ball: “The thing is, I accept what she said because she is a brilliant dancer and a brilliant teacher.

“She is a Latin Queen. So we just accept everything that she said. [But] I think there are other ways to say the comments.

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Giovanni defended his partner (credit: WENN)

“But you know, we are going to fly to Blackpool next week. We are there. We’re gonna be there fighting for our place.”

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