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Jamie Laing Strictly: Star hits back at claims judges are too lenient on him and Karen Hauer

They've made it to the Strictly final!

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Jamie Laing has hit back at claims the Strictly Come Dancing judges have been too lenient towards him.

The former Made In Chelsea star, 32, has been in four dance-offs with his Strictly pro partner Karen Hauer, 38.

And last week in particular dozens of upset Strictly viewers took to Twitter after Ranvir Singh was sent home instead of Jamie.

But they’ve still managed to make it through to tonight’s Strictly Come Dancing final.

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Jamie Laing and Karen Hauer have survived four dance-offs to make it to the Strictly final (Credit: BBC)

Jamie Laing joked he’d been bribing the Strictly judges

Speaking to Entertainment Daily and a host of other news outlets at a BBC Strictly final press event, both Jamie and Karen responded to claims the judges have been overly forgiving towards them.

Jamie laughed off the criticism and joked: “I think some people think we are bribing them! It has got to that point.”

Read more: Maisie Smith shows off painful blister ahead of Strictly 2020 final

Meanwhile, Karen argued the judges had been put in a “tough position”.

“For example, last week, Ranvir danced an amazing waltz. They were two completely different dances.”

I think some people think we are bribing them! It has got to that point.

She added: “I have to bow down to the judges. It is up to them. Especially head judge Shirley [Ballas] who had to make this hard decision. You know what, it is hard but it’s the nature of it.”

Jamie then argued: “The tough thing is people do have their favourites, they want them to stay in the competition and they have people they don’t want to stay in the competition.”

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Jamie Laing and Karen Hauer always have fun with their routines (Credit: BBC)

Second time around for Jamie

Jamie continued: “With Karen and I, we have been those people. Some people want us to stay – some people don’t. So I think it is a tough one for the judges as well… It is really hard!”

Read more: Shirley Ballas thought Ranvir Singh and Giovanni Pernice would ‘kiss’

Jamie was all set to compete in 2019’s Strictly, but was forced off the show after he injured his foot during initial trainings.

The reality star was then replaced by former Emmerdale actor Kelvin Fletcher, who went on to win the show.

Fortunately Jamie sees the bright side, as he’s not only returned this year, but he’s made it to the final four.

Jamie said: “I said this before but I do think everything happens for a reason. It’s been a real long journey and a really great one.

“So I think it is meant to be 100%. And I couldn’t be happier with Goose [Karen]. We just have the best time. Unbelievable, incredible.”

Karen agreed: “I’ve never seen anyone bounce back with such positivity and resilience.

“Being given a second chance on Strictly is amazing. I’ve made a friend and I’ve made a machine now – he’s got awesome abs!”

The Strictly Come Dancing final airs on Saturday at 6pm on BBC One.

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