Strictly fans fume after Shirley Ballas gets star's name wrong: 'So disrespectful'

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    This week on the BBC’s popular ballroom series, 11 celebrities and their professional couples took to the stage for another very special episode. This year, the channel is celebrating 100 years on screens, and Saturday night’s edition of Strictly Come Dancing provided plenty of surprises to mark the occasion.

    Strictly Come Dancing celebrated the BBC’s Centenary this week, with the remaining 11 couples taking to the stage to pay tribute to 100 years of the British broadcaster.

    However, viewers weren’t impressed when panellist Shirley Ballas referred to Dianne Buswell as ‘Diana’ following her performance with Tyler West.

    @blhtrixya fumed: “Shirley still calling Dianne Dianna after six years of being on the show is so disrespectful.”

    And @soph_louise95 tweeted: “Shirley called Dianne ‘Dianna’, they’ve only been on the same show for six years.”

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    In her critiques, Shirley told Dianne: “I was very, very impressed, ‘Dianna’, when you moved away, and then you had to spin and he picked you up.

    “He picked you up without even a blink of an eye, it was very, very good!”

    Despite Shirley’s blunder, Dianne and Tyler clearly impressed the judges with their Tango to the Doctor Who theme.

    Shirley and her three co-stars, Motsi Mabuse, Anton Du Beke and Craig Revel Horwood, all gave the couple a rating of eight, giving them a score of 32 overall.

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    Last week, Bros singer Matt Goss and his partner Nadiya Bychkova were eliminated following their lacklustre Jive set to Paul McCartney.

    Kym Marsh and Graziano Di Prima also faced an uphill battle this week after placing in the bottom two against Matt and Nadiya.

    Heading into Week Five, comedian Ellie Taylor and her partner Johannes Radebe were Ladbrokes bookies’ favourites to be sent home.

    Shortly behind, the odds also put comedian Jayde Adams and EastEnders star James Bye at risk of elimination.

    Viewers will have to tune in on Sunday evening to find out the results of Strictly’s Centenary Special.

    The competition will truly start to heat up as the next elimination will leave just 10 couples remaining.

    In a week’s time, the remaining pairings will be performing another brand new dance to try and impress the judges and get one step closer to lifting the Glitterball Trophy.

    Strictly Come Dancing: The Results airs Sunday, October 23 at 7:15pm on BBC One.



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