Shirley Ballas tips Alexandra Burke as a front runner on Strictly Come Dancing

Shirley might have only seen three dances, but Shirley's impressed already

Alexandra Burke on Strictly Come Dancing

After only three performances on Strictly Come Dancing, new judge Shirley Ballas is already tipping one celebrity for success.

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After Alexandra Burke performed aWaltz to (You Make Me Feel Like A) Natural Woman with Gorka Marquez, Shirley was very full of praise for the former X Factor winner.

“I think you’re probably going to be a front runner off what I’ve just seen,” Shirley said following their performance.

Craig was (obviously) a little more critical, pulling Alexandra up on her raised shoulders and lack of body contact – although he did praise her “expressive” arms, and that overall she had a great feel for the music.

Fellow judge Darcey Bussell added that Alexandra oozed an expression and feeling throughout her performance and that she was “so excited” to see what else she could do.

Bruno Tonioli meanwhile added that she made him feel touchy and feely – before he inadvertently poked Shirley in a rather compromising place. And it was all going so well.

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