Strictly’s Shirley Ballas responds to Karen Clifton gaffe and calls the blunder ‘live TV’

Strictly’s Shirley Ballas has responded to ‘fix’ claims after she and her fellow judges read the Lindy-hopathon scores off a ‘blank’ piece of paper following a technical blunder.

In the wake of the mishap, Shirley posted a photo of her in a glamorous monochrome gown on Twitter and called the technical blunder, as ‘live TV’.

She began: ‘Hysterical, computers went down, well that’s live TV, amazing show this evening. @DarceyOfficial @BrunoTonioli @CraigRevHorwood great team. Thank you to all who tuned in. X’.

Strictly's Shirley Ballas has responded to 'fix' claims after she and her fellow judges read the Lindy-hopathon scores off a 'blank' piece of paper following a technical blunder

Strictly's Shirley Ballas has responded to 'fix' claims after she and her fellow judges read the Lindy-hopathon scores off a 'blank' piece of paper following a technical blunder

Strictly’s Shirley Ballas has responded to ‘fix’ claims after she and her fellow judges read the Lindy-hopathon scores off a ‘blank’ piece of paper following a technical blunder

The furore began when the celebrities and their professional partners were left confused after their energetic Lindy-hopathon was left in disarray when the judges mixed up their ranking.

At one point, Shirley confused Karen Clifton, 36, for fellow pro Dianne Buswell, 29, when reading out the scores – which led to viewers taking to Twitter in their droves to comment on Karen’s ‘waspish stare’ and ‘fix’ claims.

Shirley read off a tablet device, that had frozen, and said: ‘After an amazing performance, and thank you all for that, I’ve conferred with my fellow adjudicators…

‘Hold on we’ve lost the board. But anyway I’ll keep going.’

Confusion: The celebrities and their professional partners were left confused after their energetic Lindy-hopathon was left in disarray when the judges mixed up their ranking

Confusion: The celebrities and their professional partners were left confused after their energetic Lindy-hopathon was left in disarray when the judges mixed up their ranking

Confusion: The celebrities and their professional partners were left confused after their energetic Lindy-hopathon was left in disarray when the judges mixed up their ranking

Blunder: In the wake of the mishap, Shirley posted a photo of her in a glamorous monochrome gown on Twitter and referenced the gaffe, calling it "live TV"

Blunder: In the wake of the mishap, Shirley posted a photo of her in a glamorous monochrome gown on Twitter and referenced the gaffe, calling it "live TV"

Blunder: In the wake of the mishap, Shirley posted a photo of her in a glamorous monochrome gown on Twitter and referenced the gaffe, calling it “live TV”

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Craig Revel Horwood was handed a piece of paper from a producer and passed it to Shirley, who read: ‘Getting seven points, will be Ashley!’

However, the scores were meant to be read from lowest to highest, with Darcey whispering into the head judge’s ear: ‘Seventh place is for Lauren, read from the bottom’.

Taking the lead, Bruno announced: ‘We apologise the board went all berserk so we have to read off the paper. So we start on seventh place. Sorry.’

The blunder caused many to take to Twitter and claim the technical challenge was a ‘fix’, despite the foursome explaining that they had been blighted from retrieving the marks from an iPad.

Claims: The blunder caused many to take to Twitter and claim the technical challenge was a 'fix'

Claims: The blunder caused many to take to Twitter and claim the technical challenge was a 'fix'

Claims: The blunder caused many to take to Twitter and claim the technical challenge was a ‘fix’

One wrote: ‘How can the judges cock up the scoring? Where did the piece of paper come from? Why did Claudia think Graeme was 7th? Seems like a lot suspicion. Fix?’

‘That hopathon thing is such a scam,’ another shared. ‘Supposed to be picking at that point in time and yet they haven’t got the paper, which comes from someone else, and then they have got in a right middle, what an absolute fix and shambles.’

A third said: ‘What a fix how did the judges who supposedly made the decision not know who they placed where.’    

The social media posts comes hours after the judges were left in disarray when a disastrous technical mishap blighted them from retrieving the marks from an iPad. 

Annoyed: Viewers took to Twitter in their droves to comment on Karen's 'waspish stare' on Strictly Come Dancing on Saturday night

Annoyed: Viewers took to Twitter in their droves to comment on Karen's 'waspish stare' on Strictly Come Dancing on Saturday night

Annoyed: Viewers took to Twitter in their droves to comment on Karen’s ‘waspish stare’ on Strictly Come Dancing on Saturday night

The incident lead Shirley to forget Karen all together, as she said; ‘in fifth place is Charles and Dianne’. 

For the challenge, all couples had to compete at the same time on the dancefloor, with the judges ranking them in order of ability. 

But things soon turned into chaos when the judges’ iPad failed, with Craig Revel Horwood scrambling to find the marks on a piece of paper.

Shirley started off by saying Ashley Roberts came in seventh place but had meant to say Lauren Steadman was the one who had scored the lowest marks in the dance.

Oops: The incident happened when head judge Shirley Ballas confused the Venezuelan beauty for fellow pro Dianne Buswell

Oops: The incident happened when head judge Shirley Ballas confused the Venezuelan beauty for fellow pro Dianne Buswell

Oops: The incident happened when head judge Shirley Ballas confused the Venezuelan beauty for fellow pro Dianne Buswell

Shambles: A disastrous technical mishap blighted the judges from retrieving the Lindy-hopathon marks from an iPad

Shambles: A disastrous technical mishap blighted the judges from retrieving the Lindy-hopathon marks from an iPad

Shambles: A disastrous technical mishap blighted the judges from retrieving the Lindy-hopathon marks from an iPad

She then went on to announce in fifth place was ‘Charles and Dianne,’ which left Karen looking irked, with Tess Daly rushing to correct the misread mark.

And with Shirley making such a hash of the leaderboard, Bruno Tonioli was forced to takeover, reading out all the results again.

Ashley won the Lindy-hopathon, scoring the maximum seven points, while Lauren scored the lowest mark, retrieving just one point from the dance.

Dance-off: For the challenge, all couples had to compete at the same time on the dancefloor, with the judges ranking them in order of ability

Dance-off: For the challenge, all couples had to compete at the same time on the dancefloor, with the judges ranking them in order of ability

Dance-off: For the challenge, all couples had to compete at the same time on the dancefloor, with the judges ranking them in order of ability

Confused: Shirley started off by saying Ashley Roberts came in seventh place, but had meant to say Lauren Steadman was the one who had scored the lowest marks in the dance

Confused: Shirley started off by saying Ashley Roberts came in seventh place, but had meant to say Lauren Steadman was the one who had scored the lowest marks in the dance

Confused: Shirley started off by saying Ashley Roberts came in seventh place, but had meant to say Lauren Steadman was the one who had scored the lowest marks in the dance

Entertained: Following the disaster, viewers took to Twitter to comment on Shirley's regal connection, blasting it as a 'complete shambles'

Entertained: Following the disaster, viewers took to Twitter to comment on Shirley's regal connection, blasting it as a 'complete shambles'

Entertained: Following the disaster, viewers took to Twitter to comment on Shirley’s regal connection, blasting it as a ‘complete shambles’

After the scores were totaled up with their individual dances of the evening, Faye Tozer came out top of the leaderboard with 45 points, with Stacey Dooley following closely behind with 44.

Following the disaster, viewers took to Twitter to comment on Shirley’s regal connection, with dozens posting pictures of Prince Charles and the late Prince Diana, while others blasted it as a ‘complete shambles’.

One wrote: ‘Shirley Ballas is chuffin useless, while another added: ‘@bbcstrictly what’s up with Karen Clifton? Looked like she swallowed a wasp…’ 

Chaos: With Shirley making such a hash of the leaderboard, Bruno Tonioli was forced to takeover, reading over all the results again

Chaos: With Shirley making such a hash of the leaderboard, Bruno Tonioli was forced to takeover, reading over all the results again

Chaos: With Shirley making such a hash of the leaderboard, Bruno Tonioli was forced to takeover, reading over all the results again

Another viewer typed: ‘You had one job Shirley and you couldn’t even get their names right let alone in the right order. Charles and Diane! Matron, Shirley needs an early night.’

‘What was going through Shirley’s mind when she awarded marks to Charles and Diane….#awkward ‘ a fifth fan chimed.

Strictly Come Dancing Week Ten: The Leaderboard

1. Faye Tozer and Giovanni Pernice’s Waltz and Lindy-hop- 45

2. Ashley Roberts and Pasha Kovalev’s Samba and Lindy-hop – 44

3. Stacey Dooley and Kevin Clifton’s Pasa Doble and Lindy-hop – 42

4. Joe Sugg and Dianne Buswell’s Street Dance and Lindy-hop- 40

4. Charles Venn and Karen Clifton’s Viennese Tango and Lindy-hop – 33

5. Graeme Swann and Oti Mabuse’s Quickstep and Lindy-hop – 26

6.  Lauren Steadman and AJ Pritchard’s Salsa and Lindy-hop – 24

Oh dear:  But things went from bad to worse when the judges' iPad failed, with Craig Revel Horwood scrambling to find the marks on a piece of paper

Oh dear:  But things went from bad to worse when the judges' iPad failed, with Craig Revel Horwood scrambling to find the marks on a piece of paper

Oh dear:  But things went from bad to worse when the judges’ iPad failed, with Craig Revel Horwood scrambling to find the marks on a piece of paper

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