Angela Rippon has been defended by Strictly Come Dancing fans, after critics call for an end to the apparent ‘unfair advantage’ she’s been given on the show.
While the now 79-year-old is Strictly’s oldest ever contestant, Angela has been proving that age is definitely just a number, having pulled off some dance moves that people more than half her age would struggle with. There was the age defying leg lift at the end of her week one number and then the backwards high kick she performed with real finesse in the Argentine Tango, her highest scoring routine so far; but some viewers are still claiming she is ‘getting off lightly’ because of her age.
After Craig Revel-Horwood gave Angela and pro partner Kai Widdrington a near perfect score of 9 for their Charleston last weekend, some angry fans took to social media to hit out at the score and accuse the judges of ‘fawning’ over the broadcasting legend. And the growing row surrounding Angela and the dances she’s been given, has now intensified, after it was revealed she’d be dancing a waltz this weekend.
A post on the Strictly Instagram page confirmed what each couple will be dancing to in the seventh live show of the new series and, having clocked Angela’s, one follower fumed: “Another slow one for Angela R then- slow dances and overmarked stinks of favouritism, did the slowest Charleston in history last week, it was certainly no better than Zara’s, she even sat down for some of it and gets a 9 from Craig!!!! It’s getting too obvious who the BBC favours.”
In form agreement, another reacted: “Shock horror Angela has a waltz!! 10 from Craig this week I would imagine,” however, for the criticism against Angela, there has also been plenty of support for her, with one fan hitting back to reply; “I’m so BORED of people slating Angela Rippon! I actually enjoy watching her dancing, I think for her age, she is doing a BRILLIANT job.”
Also quick to leap to her defence, a second commented: “Angela Rippon has done a quickstep, cha cha cha and a Charleston and y’all are saying she hasn’t done a fast dance. She can’t fly around the floor like Ellie leach or Layton! She’s 79 for gods sakes!!!”
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