New Strictly judge Shirley Ballas has not been everyone’s cup of tea since taking over from Len Goodman – but at least she has been able to brush off criticism with good grace.
Today she responded in style to remarks made by former This Morning and Richard & Judy presenter Judy Finnigan who said Shirley’s work so far wasn’t yet quite a seven – and that she missed Len Goodman.
“Although [husband] Richard [Madeley] keeps telling me to ‘let it go’ and give Shirl a chance to bed in, all I can say is: ‘I miss you, Len!” Oh yes I do’,” Finnigan told Woman magazine.
“I miss your elderly teeth, your curmudgeonly wit and your dismissal of flashy dances that seem over-choreographed, oh, those put-downs of that whippersnapper Brendan Cole – they were sublime.
“So as a woman, Shirl, I wish you every success. But so far, I’m afraid that for me, you’re not quite a ‘seven’.”
But at least Ballas didn’t rise to the bait, posting on Twitter:
Ahhh that's ok. I'm a huge fan of Judy Finnigan and her husband. Always have been for many years x https://t.co/etGr6dt4A6
— Shirley Ballas (@ShirleyBallas) October 14, 2017
Ballas returns to action again tonight as the 13 remaining couples battle it out for the Glitterball trophy, followed by Sunday’s results show and dance-off.