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Strictly fans slam Anton du Beke over Susannah Constantine “car crash” samba

Viewers call on show legend to quit

Strictly Come Dancing fans have blasted Anton du Beke after his routine with Susannah Constantine received the show’s worst ever mark for a samba.

The ballroom professional is regularly partnered with the hapless “comedy” acts, but some viewers are turning against him and have called on him to quit.

After the pair were awarded just 12 points from the judges on last night’s first live show, including only one from Craig Revel Horwood, Anton came in for stinging criticism on social media.

One person tweeted: “Beginning to think that Anton is the reason his partners are so bad… it’s time for him to move on.”

Another wrote: “Really poor performance from Anton and Susannah. Where are his choreography skills?”

A third added: “Feel for Susannah being lumbered with Anton. She was let down tonight!”

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And another irate viewer posted: “WHY did Anton create such a ridiculous spectacle for the lovely Susannah? That was a bad decision, she isn’t the comedy act!!”

TV presenter Susannah, 56, chatted to host Tess Daly while balancing a large pineapple on her head before the music started and Anton emerged shaking a pair of maracas from beneath his partner’s oversized dress.

While many viewers saw the funny side of the routine, the judges were less complimentary.

Craig said it looked like they were “staggering about lost and drunk at a party”.

He added: “The best part for me was when you fell on the floor at the end.”

Referring to Susannah’s outfit, Bruno Tonioli said: “It was more like Car Crash Miranda than Carmen Miranda.”

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The judges’ score of 12 was even worse than Anton’s samba with Ann Widdecombe, the previous low for the Latin dance, which received a mark of 13 in 2010.

Viewers were quick to point the finger on Twitter.

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But other viewers were delighted with the performance.

* Strictly Come Dancing continues next Saturday night on BBC1.

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