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Guest judge Donny Osmond, who was appearing on the panel as a one-off, awarded the Saturdays singer 10 points for her Paso Doble on Saturday night, though former ‘Strictly’ pro and ‘Celebrity Big Brother’ housemate James Jordan reckons he was being a bit over-generous with his high praise.
James had already expressed his disdain for Donny’s arrival on the panel, tweeting several times that he didn’t think the singer - who previously won the American version of the show, ‘Dancing With The Stars’, in 2009 - was qualified to judge others’ ballroom dancing.
Another great idea by BBC, let's bring in another judge who knows nothing about ballroom and latin.
Nothing against him.— James Jordan (@The_JamesJordan) October 11, 2014
At least the extra judge is working really well on SCD.
NOT!!!!!!!!— James Jordan (@The_JamesJordan) October 11, 2014
Everyone RT if you think the extra judge is a bad idea!— James Jordan (@The_JamesJordan) October 11, 2014
So, reading between the lines, we’re picking up on some subtle vibes that James might not have been the biggest fan of Donny’s stint on the panel. Just call us Miss Marple.
James was even less impressed with Donny when he dished out his score to Frankie, claiming that she hadn’t done enough to warrant a perfect score, tweeting:
Donny is spoiling the show a bit for me!
Never ever a 10.... Not even in final.— James Jordan (@The_JamesJordan) October 11, 2014
He isn’t the first ex-‘Strictly’ star to suggest the judging panel are getting a bit paddle-happy with their high scoring, after former presenter Sir Bruce Forsythrecently suggested that he thought ‘EastEnders’ actor Jake Wood had been given too high a score for his first performances.
On Sunday night, it was revealed that ‘Mrs Brown’s Boys’ actress Jennifer Gibney had become the second celebrity to leave this year’s ‘Strictly Come Dancing’, after landing in the bottom two alongside Simon Webbe.