Strictly viewers rejoice as Shirley Ballas is SILENCED!

Live TV at its cringe-tastic best

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New head judge Shirley Ballas has proved to be human Marmite so far this series, with her forthright opinions dividing viewers.

Some believe she has been unnecessarily harsh on some contestants – such as Charlotte Hawkins – and too soft on others, namely Simon Rimmer.

Then there are those unfortunate moments where she has got celebs’ names wrong.

So there were some chuckles from fans at home tonight as Shirley delivered her verdict on Alexandra Burke’s performance – and no sound came out.

Okay, maybe a muffle.

Poor Shirl’s microphone failed, making her comments inaudible. (Shame as, judging by her smile, she was actually saying nice stuff.)

Anyway, some viewers were delighted that she’d effectively been silenced, and couldn’t wait to have a pop on Twitter…

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And it got better… Shirley was passed a hand-held mic as an emergency measure – and that didn’t work either.

Live TV, folks, you gotta love it!