Strictly Come Dancing fans have once again accused the show of being a ‘fix’ after Krishnan Guru-Murthy was sent home on Sunday night.
The newsreader, 53, and his professional partner Lauren Oakley after landing at the bottom of the leaderboard and ending up in the dreaded dance off.
First up was Krishnan who once again performed his Samba to Bamboléo by Gipsy Kings, before Angela danced a Paso Doble to Hung Up by Madonna.
Raging: Strictly Come Dancing fans have once again accused the show of being a ‘fix’ after Krishnan Guru-Murthy was sent home on Sunday night
Eliminated: The newsreader, 53, and his professional partner Lauren Oakley after landing at the bottom of the leaderboard and ending up in the dreaded dance off
Doing their all: Krishnan faced Angela Rippon and her dance partner Kai Widdrington as both stars tried to impress the judges one final time
Angela and Kai won the majority vote keeping them in the competition, but head judge Shirley Ballas said she would have decided to save Krishnan and Lauren.
Craig said: ‘Well Krishnan you really upped your game in that dance off, it was magnificent. Angela you nearly lost your supporting leg darling in the kick but you saved it, miraculously.
‘But the couple that I would like to save and go through to Blackpool is Angela and Kai.’
While Shirley said: ‘Well I picked the person that I felt was more grounded on their feet without any technical errors and I would have saved Krishnan & Lauren.’
But viewers at home fumed at the decision and accused the show of ‘favouritism’ towards Angela, arguing that her slip up should have sent her home, but that bosses wanted to ensure the TV presenter made it to Blackpool next week.
One person tweeted: ‘sorry this is such a fix. how can you say “angela, you literally almost fell over. krishnan you were significantly better but i’m still gonna save angela?” this is such a fix. never agreed with shirley before wtf is going on’.
Another echoed: ‘At this point I feel like Angela could have stood there for the whole song and she would have still made it through. For once I agree with Shirley, Krishnan was better.’
A third raged: ‘Anyone else think it’s an absolute travesty that Angela R has been saved by the judges when they even admitted Krishnan upped his game! Craig and Shirley even pointed out Angela made a mistake! BBC bias, come on #Strictly play fair’.
Pulling out all the stops: First up was Krishnan who once again performed his Samba to Bamboléo by Gipsy Kings
Made it through: After both couples took to the floor for a second time judges Craig Revel Horwood , Motsi Mabuse and Anton Du Beke all opted to save Angela
A fourth added: ‘#Strictly judges said #AngelaRippon messed up. Was unsteady on her feet. Slipped. And all 4 said #Krishnan did better. But Angela goes thru. And all a fix to get the headlines about her back in Blackpool. Making a mockery of the show!’
Someone else agreed, saying: ‘Twice in a dance off and twice making mistakes yet she still goes through? I’m sorry, I love Angela, but if that was anyone else they’d have gone last time. They clearly want Angela at Blackpool no matter what. Krishnan was robbed’.
A sixth wrote: ‘Favouritism strikes again. What a joke, they just wanted Angela to get to Blackpool. They’ll vote her out next week when she’s bottom 2. Poor Krishnan’.
Another commented: ‘I don’t usually go for the #strictly fix narrative, but clearly the BBC wanted to keep Angela in for Blackpool. There’s no other explanation. Krishnan was robbed.’
While an eighth added: ‘Gutted. Krishnan was so much fun to watch every single week. He took it seriously and wanted to do well. And he did. Have a feeling that an Angela Rippon-less Blackpool was never going to happen.’
And someone else said: ‘Never been so obvious that politics are at play than that decision on @bbcstrictly – Angela made mistakes and almost lost her footing. Well done Shirley for seeing that Krishnan was better in that dance off.’
Speaking about his time on the show Krishnan gushed: ‘Look this has been the most incredible experience.
Not happy: But viewers at home fumed at the decision and accused the show of ‘favouritism’ towards Angela, arguing that her slip up should have sent her home, but that bosses wanted to ensure the TV presenter made it to Blackpool next week
‘I said it has been life changing and it genuinely has. I am incredibly grateful to the entire production team, judges, my incredible Strictly family up there.
‘It’s right I am going out this week and I have got to get back to life. The thing that has made Strictly really special is Lauren.
‘She is most incredible teacher, partner, friend. She is the real Strictly star and I am so delighted I am the first partnership you have had.
‘She is going to go a long way and I am very proud of her.’
The remaining seven couples will take to the dancefloor next week when the Strictly Come Dancing Blackpool Special returns to the Tower Ballroom.
Watch on Saturday 18th November at 6:40pm, with the results show on Sunday 19th November at 7:20pm on BBC One.
Gutted: Speaking about his time on the show Krishnan gushed: ‘Look this has been the most incredible experience’