Strictly uproar as fans label Nina Wadia ‘better’ than Katie McGlynn after elimination

Strictly Come Dancing: Nina Wadia is eliminated after dance-off

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Saturday’s live show saw Nadia receive some harsh criticism from judge Craig Revel Horwood following the Tango she performed with partner Neil Jones. The couple was placed at the bottom of the Strictly Come Dancing leaderboard after scoring 18 points and in tonight’s BBC show, they were eliminated from the competition. The judges’ scores this week were added to those from last week and were then combined with the results of the viewers’ votes to decide the lowest scoring two couples facing the dance-off. Fans are in uproar about the result though, with one arguing Nina was “much better” than fellow dance-off contestant Katie McGlynn.

After facing Katie McGlynn in the dreaded dance-off, Nina became the first celebrity to leave the 2021 show.

Both couples performed their routines again, with Nina and Neil Jones revisiting their Tango to Would I Lie To You? by Eurythmics. Katie and her dance partner Gorka Marquez performed their Jive to Good 4 U by Olivia Rodrigo in a bid to impress the judges and remain in the competition.

Following the dances, Craig commented: “Both couples clearly upped their game from the first time they danced.

“Nina, you got every step right. Katie, you really kept the energy up all the way through to the end with lots of retraction. But the couple I’d like to save is Katie and Gorka.”


Motsi Mabuse also chose to save Katie and Gorka. “First of all, I want to say to both couples well done for their dance-off,” she remarked.

“I really thought that both of you gave absolutely all that you’ve got and gave the best performance you did tonight.

“I just found that one couple was just that little bit more convincing so that is why I’m going to go with Katie and Gorka.”

New judge and former professional contestant Anton Du Beke chose to save Nina and Neil though, labelling it their “best performance.”

“This is exactly how you want a dance-off to be,” he said. “You want to do your best performance and I think you both did.

“This is the best you’ve done both dances. The one who upped their game and performed the best I think was Nina and Neil.”

Viewers have largely disagreed with the decision, with Christine South writing on Twitter: “Absolutely no way!!! Wrong decision & I am gutted.”

Salina agreed, posting: “I’m really disappointed as she’s been good and not fair she gone out first!! Neil never gets that far with his partners but like anywhere judges have their favourites!!”

“I’m actually gutted for Nina!!! Much better dancer than Katie… Love Neil and Gorka though!!! #Strictly #StrictlyComeDancing #strictlyspoiler,” Lisa Catchpole penned.

Hollie Arnold argued: “That’s a shame as Nina was fab [and] it’s about time @Mr_NJones got a Celeb partner!”

“I had a feeling earlier that Katie would be in the dance-off & I think she should have gone” Christine South added.

Gillian Jones chimed: “This was Neil’s fault for putting Argentine tango steps into an ordinary tango!”

“I would have kept Neil and his partner, the one from Hollyoaks’s wasn’t as good,” DogMummy shared.

When asked by Tess about their time on the show, Nina reflect: “It’s been really fun, thank you so much. [Neil] is incredible, thank you.”

With two votes to one, it was then up Head Judge Shirley Ballas to decide which couple would stay in the competition with the deciding vote.

Shirley stated: “Well this is one of the closest battles I think we’ve ever had in a dance-off.

“Both couples upped their game. Both couples were absolutely delightful to watch. Neither couple had mistakes so I’ve decided to go with the couple who had more advanced technical actions in their dance, and that couple is Katie and Gorka.”

Strictly Come Dancing returns on Saturday at 6.45pm on BBC One.

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