Strictly's Oti brushes off 'crying' claims over Shirley Ballas criticism

Strictly Come Dancing star Oti Mabuse has denied she ‘teared up’ over Shirley Ballas’ criticism on Saturday’s live show.

Judge Shirley wasn’t too impressed with Oti’s Viennese Waltz with celebrity partner Kelvin Fletcher.

While hearing her remarks Oti appeared to look teary, but the dancer says she was just emotional about the performance.

On Twitter she explained was not upset over Shirley’s comments, saying the judge was simply being ‘honest’ and helping them to improve.

The dancer also felt that Shirley’s comments were correct.

She tweeted on Sunday night: ‘Just to be clear. Nothing @ShirleyBallas said to us was wrong nor did it make me tear, she was being honest and her critique is valuable to our journey, I’d like us to improve & as I stated before I was emotional about THE DANCE & how happy dancing made me feel (HAPPY TEARS).’

Giving her feedback, Shirley felt there was ‘too much rise and fall’ for it to be a proper Viennese Waltz.

She told the pair: ‘There is very very minimal rise and fall in the Viennese Waltz, and there was just a little too much rise and fall for me.’

The judge added that one of their movement was ‘a rotary figure that should have more power, and it looked a little bit stuck for me.’

However she did praise the emotion that they put into the performance calling it a ‘grand job’.

Shirley went on: ‘I totally enjoyed the emotive part, also I want to take into account the other one minute 25 seconds that you’re dancing. Otherwise I thought you did a grand job.’

During her criticism a member of the audience started to call out, prompting Shirley to say curtly: ‘Can I finish?’

As the professional dancer appeared emotional, host Tess Daly leaned over to Oti and asked: ‘Are you ok dear?’

Sunday night’s results show saw Viscountess Emma Weymouth and her dancer partner Aljaz Skorjanec crash out after losing to BBC presenter Mike Bushell and his partner Katya Jones.

Strictly Come Dancing continues Saturday at 6.50pm on BBC One.

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