BBC Strictly judges criticised for giving 10s too early by show star

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Former Strictly pro Brendan Cole has said that the judges have awarded “too many 10s” on the BBC dance show so far.

Strictly Come Dancing is preparing to head into its fifth week, with last week being the highly anticipated Halloween Fright Night edition.

So far, the celebrities have dazzled the judges with a range of routines, with a number of them being awarded a score of 10.

However, Brendan believes it’s “too early” for the judges to be awarding such high marks.

“We haven’t yet seen many American Smooths this season. He [Adam Thomas] scored, seven, nine, eight and eight from the judges. A nine was too high for that dance,” he explained to Sky Bingo.

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“It was a good number and he danced it very well. There were a few marks that were in my opinion slightly off.

“Three 10s for Ellie’s number closing the show, it was a great number but it wasn’t a 10!

“10s at this stage, just too early, no-one is perfect, and it can always be a little better.

“Layton [Williams] and Nikita [Kuzmin] did a fantastic number, but it wasn’t 10s because it wasn’t perfect.”

Brendan Cole spent 15 seasons as a professional dancer on Strictly Come Dancing.

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One couple who experienced a flurry of 10s is Layton Williams and Nikita Kuzmin.

The pair bagged an impressive 39 points out of a possible 40 after they performed an “amazing” salsa, with an almost perfect score.

Judge Motsi Mabuse referenced time she spent in Cuba watching salsa, and commented: “You guys, I could just steal you and put you in that show.”

Head judge Shirley Ballas said: “You are both on the same page with the choreography… nothing ever looks ugly, untidy, in this style of dancing.”

Strictly Come Dancing returns on BBC One this Saturday at 6:30pm.

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