Strictly judge Shirley Ballas alongside Dan Walker and Nadiya
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Strictly judge Shirley Ballas claps back at viewer over her scoring of Dan Walker

They took the mick out of how 'generous' she'd been

Strictly Come Dancing judge Shirley Ballas slapped down a viewer on Twitter following the Sunday night results show.

BBC Breakfast host Dan Walker and pro partner Nadiya Bychkova were duly eliminated at the quarter finals stage.

They lost a dance off against AJ Odudu and Kai Widdrington, who bungled a lift on Saturday (December 4).

But even though the result was not a surprise, Shirley spoke out after someone suggested Dan had been ‘marked up’.

Strictly judge Shirley Ballas wasn't putting up with any backchat
Strictly judge Shirley Ballas wasn’t putting up with any backchat (Credit: BBC iPlayer)

What did the Strictly viewer say to Shirley Ballas?

Ahead of the result being announced, a Twitter user indicated to Shirley she had marked Dan’s Tango too highly.

Shirley gave Dan and Nadiya a 9 for their efforts. Fellow judges Craig Revel Horwood, Motsi Mabuse and Anton du Beke scored the couple 7, 8 and 7.

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The social media user tweeted at head judge Shirley, adding laughing emojis to their post: “9 for Dan Walker, you are having a laugh.”

Furthermore, the tweet was made in response to a retweet by Shirley. That retweet suggested people shouldn’t be saying anything if they don’t have anything nice to say.

Dan and Nadiya are gone - but would you have scored them higher?
Show’s over for Dan and Nadiya (Credit: BBC iPlayer)

How did Shirley respond?

Quote-tweeting the viewer’s message, Shirley turned the criticism upside-down by hinting she hadn’t been generous enough with Dan.

She fired back: “No actually I was considering a 10 @mrdanwalker.

A little hiccup on balance but other than that superb.

“Fabulous routine. A little hiccup on balance but other than that superb.”

Strictly judge Shirley Ballas knows what she's talking about
Shirley knows what she’s talking about (Credit: BBC iPlayer)

How Twitter followers reacted

Followers were delighted by Shirley’s sassy response – and others ticked off the original tweeter.

“Shirley is head judge for a reason,” replied one supporter.

“Because she knows what she’s talking about! Please be kind and show her some respect! Love ya, Shirl!”

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Another reasoned: “There’s a reason that Shirley’s a judge and the public do get a vote. Instead of putting their negativity into tweets perhaps they could try doing some positive voting instead.”

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And another follower backed Shirley: “Shirley is not having a laugh, don’t be so rude. She is the expert, not you.”

Strictly Come Dancing next airs on Saturday December 11 on BBC One at 7.05pm.

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