Viewers of Strictly Come Dancing branded head judge Shirley Ballas as “rude” after she appeared to laugh after Anneka Rice’s Movie Week routine.
Shirley, 59, couldn’t contain her laughter after Anneka’s Kill Bill-inspired dance.
Legendary broadcaster Anneka, 61, was dancing the Charleston with partner Kevin Clifton.
Dressed in Uma Thurman’s iconic yellow and black jumpsuit, the routine did not go down well with the judges.
When it came to head judge Shirley, she couldn’t stop laughing as Anneka and Kevin walked over to host Tess Daly.
Once she had stopped, she told Anneka that she was stunning but her routine was a little bit too frenetic.
Bruno Tonioli, wiping away tears of laughter, said: “Here’s what happened – it was supposed to be Kill Bill, but you did Slaughter The Charleston.”
In all, the judges awarded her 11 points.
But, joining Claudia upstairs after the dance, she explained that when she started her Strictly journey she couldn’t even clap in time and the whole experience had been ‘outstanding’ for her.
And fans took to Twitter to defend her, as well a lambast Shirley for laughing so much at her.
#Anneka has flat feet or something. But she really enjoyed her dance and is such a sweet person. Shirley should not have been laughing at her.
— ruperta margate (@RupertaMargate) October 5, 2019
shirley ballas why were you laughing at anneka?
— grim reaper FAN (@motivatesugg) October 5, 2019
#strictly fair play to Anneka for trying to keep up. Shirley bit patronising
— Michelle Murphy (@MichelleMurph82) October 5, 2019
im still not over shirley ballas sat LAUGHING at anneka, rude rude rude rude
— izzy | fan (@grandebuswell) October 5, 2019
One twitter user wrote: “I’m still not over Shirley Ballas LAUGHING at Anneka.
“Rude, rude, rude.”