Strictly Come Dancing judges argue over Hamza's performance

Strictly Come Dancing judges
(Image credit: BBC)

Strictly Come Dancing viewers know the judges don't often agree completely when they give their critique of the dances.

But it's rare they actually argue about a celebrity's performance.

That's what happened this evening, though, when wildlife presenter Hamza Yassin and his partner Jowita Przystal. 

Jowita and Hamza dance an Argentine tango

Some fans loved Hamza's dance - others weren't so keen! (Image credit: BBC)

Hamza and Jowita danced an Argentine tango.

But when it came to hearing what the judges thought, well, they were at odds with one another.

Hamza and Jowita dance their Argentine tango

Anton didn't like Hamza's leg action (Image credit: BBC)

Head judge Shirley Ballas complimented Jowita's feet and said Hamza was a true leading man.

"You make this lady shine," she said. "And that's what dancing is all about."

Anton judging Hamza's Argentine tango

Anton said Hamza's bottom half looked like a footballer's legs!  (Image credit: BBC)

But when it came to Anton Du Beke, he had a very different opinion.

"This was a dance of two halves," he said. "The top half was intense. It was strong. The bottom half looked like you played centre forward for Bradford City."

But as Anton was giving his critique, an annoyed Shirley interrupted to say: "What a load of rubbish!"

Craig Revel Horwood agreed with Anton and said the dance was "extremely messy" but Motsi Mabuse was keen to make the point that she absolutely agreed with Shirley.

A judging panel divided!

And when it came to the fans, they were equally at odds over the performance.

Hamza and Jowita dance their Argentine tango

The female judges loved the performance but the men didn't agree! (Image credit: BBC)

One viewer said Hamza was a "delight".

While another Hamza fan said it was "utterly incredible" adding that Hamza is both "masculine and sexy" but "sensitive". 

He's definitely got a fan-club there! 

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But other viewers said they agreed with Craig and Anton. 

One viewer said the Argentine tango was not Hamza's best dance, while another shared their view that Shirley and Motsi never want to criticise the CBeebies presenter.

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When it came to the scores, though, it seemed the judges weren't so divided after all. 

Motsi and Shirley both awarded Hamza 10 points. 

While Anton gave him 9, despite his harsh words, and Craig awarded Hamza 8 marks.

Not too shabby! 

Hamza and Jowita get their scores for the Argentine tango

The judges' scores showed they weren't so divided after all! (Image credit: BBC)

Will the viewers vote to keep Hamza and Jowita in the competition? We'll have to wait and see! 

Kerry Barrett
Freelance writer

Kerry is a writer, author and editor with a lifelong love of the soaps, a passion for TV drama of all kinds, and an obsessive devotion to Strictly Come Dancing. 

She was features editor of All About Soap magazine for more than a decade, covering every bit of excitement from all the UK soaps and the Aussies and still writes about all the juiciest gossip from the Street, the Square and the Dales whenever she can.

Kerry’s also an author of historical fiction, and her two jobs collided when she got the chance to write two novels based on Emmerdale, and the Sugden, Tate and Dingle families, during WW2.