Fans of Strictly Come Dancing have been left scratching their heads after Ashley Roberts was forced into a Dance Off on Sunday night (Sunday, November 27th).

Of course, the hotly-tipped favourite won, sending Graeme Swann and Oti Mabuse crashing out of the competition in the process.

Here’s an explanation of the whole thing…

Ashley Roberts - (C) BBC - Photographer: Ray Burmiston
Ashley Roberts – (C) BBC – Photographer: Ray Burmiston

Why was Ashley in the Dance Off?

Ashley and Pasha Kovalev have been receiving rave reviews throughout the series and were earmarked as the runaway favourites from the off.

However, their Saturday night Samba performance received a few below average comments from the judges – a first for everything!

Dame Darcey Bussell said: “I would have loved a bit more bounce, a bit more softness.”

Fellow judge Craig Revel Horwood also branded the dance “staccato”.

Take a watch yourself!

Clearly, the general public wasted no time in jumping on the ‘boot off Ashley’ bandwagon.

The general public vote ensured that Ash ‘n’ Pash were left in the bottom two, with viewers taking a cynical dislike of Ashley’s dancing and choreography background in a so-called amateur competition.

Divide on Twitter

However, the decision to place Ashley and Pasha in the bottom two caused a divide on Twitter.

Many fans felt that the dynamic duo should have never been placed in the bottom two based on their dancing skills alone.

Some even suggested that they were put there to make the series look more balanced, and perhaps didn’t actually receive the lowest amount of votes.

This then had a knock-on effect for Graeme and Oti. Many fans felt that it was unfair for Graeme to be up against the series favourites.

With Ashley’s background in dancing, there was only going to be one winner.

Tess Daly, Graeme Swann, Oti Mabuse - (C) BBC - Photographer: Guy Levy
Tess Daly, Graeme Swann, Oti Mabuse – (C) BBC – Photographer: Guy Levy

It alsmot sounded like Graeme had a dig at this, too:

I’d have voted for Ashley and Pasha as well. I can’t quite believe I was put against them to be honest…

Whatever your opinion, it’s Ashley and Pasha who made it through to next week’s quarter-finals.

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