Strictly Come Dancing Viewers Note Tension Between Judges Craig Revel Horwood And Motsi Mabuse During ‘Bananas’ Live Show

Saturday's live show was also plagued with technical issues.

It was only the second live show of this year’s Strictly Come Dancing but things have already got rather tense.

As well as the start of Saturday night’s show being plagued with technical issues, which led to host Tess Daly issuing an apology to viewers, there also appeared to be some tension between judges Craig Revel Horwood and Motsi Mabuse.

Strictly judges (l-r) Craig Revel Horwood, Motsi Mabuse, Shirley Ballas and Bruno Tonioli
Strictly judges (l-r) Craig Revel Horwood, Motsi Mabuse, Shirley Ballas and Bruno Tonioli
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Throughout the show, the pair disagreed while dishing out their critiques, with many viewers speculating about their working relationship after Motsi previously suggested that Craig is too harsh with his scores.

When Craig criticised aspects of viscountess Emma Weymouth’s Tango, saying “It lacked attack for me…. the footwork was really messy,” Motsi told her she could see her performing the right steps, saying: “I saw it darling.”

And after Craig critiqued James Cracknell, Motsi told the Olympian: “You’ve got the worst over, so now you can breathe.”

It didn’t go unnoticed by some viewers…

Elsewhere, Katya Jones and her partner Mike Bushell raised eyebrows after delivering a “full horror” routine.

The sports presenter performed the American Smooth while wearing a cowboy outfit, which Katya admitted was a “risky routine”, and ended with Mike eating a banana.

Head judge Shirley Ballas said: “It looked like country and western line dancing”, but she added: “I do enjoy watching you.”

Bruno Tonioli quipped: “It’s like a psychotic cliffhanger… No more of this, I don’t think I can take it”.

And he added: “A bit of dancing next time, don’t go for full horror.”

Craig Revel Horwood said it was “very, very odd” and the couple scored a paltry 14 points.

Sports stars James Cracknell and David James have been tipped for the chop during Sunday’s live results show.

Bookmakers expect the former Olympic rower and ex-England footballer to end up in the dreaded dance-off.

James and his professional partner Luba Mushtuk, who performed a Jive on Saturday’s show, are at the very bottom of the leaderboard, with just three points.

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