BBCs Nick Knowles swipes at Strictly judges as he claims Tom Fletcher shouldnt have gone

Strictly Come Dancing: Tom Fletcher discusses tricky rehearsals

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Nick Knowles took to his official Twitter account to sound off on his disappointment in seeing the 36-year-old leave Strictly Come Dancing 2021. Tom Fletcher had dedicated Saturday’s performance of the Les Miserables track On My Own to his sister Carrie Hope Fletcher — a West End actress — to show he is a “proud big brother”. 

Gotta love @bbcstrictly how it gets everyone talking about judging & folk’s favourites

Nick Knowles

However, the routine wasn’t well received by the judges and some viewers at home, who ultimately left Tom and his dance partner Amy Dowden fighting for survival during Sunday’s dance-off against CBBC presenter Rhys Stephenson and his dance partner Nancy Xu.

In the end, three of the judges decided to save the latter couple and give Tom the boot. 

Shortly after the results, Nick was quick to share his reaction on social media when he told his 159,000 followers: “Gotta love @bbcstrictly how it gets everyone talking about judging & folk’s favourites.

“I’d have kept @TomFletcher in & I like how @mrdanwalker has improved each week @tillyramsay continued to shine & @AJOdudu looks every inch the perfect dancer. Be kind – they’re all human too.”

The DIY SOS presenter then went on to take an apparent swipe at the judges, who he claims tend to “reward” contestants based on their over-exaggerated acting abilities during their performance.

“I have to say @TomFletcher you were very unlucky to leave @bbcstrictly. 

“Thought you danced well & told the story of the song very well – maybe too well as these ballroom judges reward overacting in dance.

“Lovely tribute to your talented sister too. Hold your head high You Mcflew!”(sic)

Nick’s remarks on social media pertained to the comments made by judges the night prior, when the panel unanimously agreed in saying that they felt disconnected from Tom’s performance and would have liked to see more emotion during the dance.

And if the feedback wasn’t enough, things continued to derail for Tom last night after the public vote placed him in the bottom two, leaving the judging panel to make their final decision on who they would send home following an intense dance-off. 

Head Judge Shirley Ballas voted to save Tom and Amy, while guest judge Cynthia Erivo, Motsi Mabuse and Anton Du Beke voted for Rhys to remain in the competition. 

Upon finding out that his run on the BBC One show had come to an end, Tom held his head up high as he thanked his dance partner and the rest of the crew for a wonderful time.

“Honestly I’ve had the best time, I’ve loved every second of it. I’ve made the best friend in Amy, you’ve been amazing thank you so much for teaching me how to dance,” he gushed to host Tess Daly.

“I know it was a struggle at times. It’s an amazing show, everyone that works on it, all of you guys have been amazing, I’ve loved getting to know you.

“Thank you so much, it’s been the best experience and I don’t regret a single minute of it, so thank you everyone so much. I’m gutted to leave.”

Tom concluded by saying that he hoped his three sons; Buzz, Max and Buddy, were proud of their dad before expressing his gratitude to Amy, who hadn’t just been teaching Tom all there is to know about dancing but also his kids. 

“That’s the thing, Amy hasn’t just taught me, she’s taught my kids,” the Love Is Easy vocalist said. 

Amy looked utterly devastated by the news of her and Tom’s exit, telling her dance partner that he has been one of the most “humble” and “genuine” people to work with on Strictly.

She added: “The whole Fletcher family, they welcomed me in with opened arms and honestly I couldn’t have wished for a better time.

“These memories are going to live with me for the rest of my life, and I’m telling you this now, the Fletchers are not getting rid of Amy.”

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