Strictly Come Dancing judge Motsi Mabuse is shielding Shirley Ballas from the abuse of viewers.
The Strictly head judge, Shirley Ballas, announced on Instagram she got "hundreds" of aggrieved messages after her immensely challenging tie-breaking vote to eliminate Ranvir Singh and Giovanni Pernice last weekend.
She wrote to her followers,
I would have hoped after the year we have had, the difficulties we have all faced, and those we have lost – not just to COVID – we would have learned to be kind to others.
She added the others had submitted messages of encouragement, saying they had "gone some way" to restore their "faith in humanity."
Later, her fellow judge, Motsi Mabuse - who previously deleted her Twitter - posted a video of herself walking together with Shirley backstage in pre-pandemic footage.
Attacking her is Attacking me. Everyone that is part of my community knows that we support, we love and we spread love ❤️!!! SUPPORT OTHER WOMEN. PERIOD.!!
Giovanni talked about the contentious decision on Strictly Come Dancing: Takes Two this week, where he expressed his view that partner Ranvir Singh merits a spot in the finale at the weekend.
He told Ranvir,
You really believed more in yourself. You really feel like a different person, and this as a teacher is everything I can ask for.
Yes, this show is a dance competition but it's not all about that. It's all about the way you grow. It's much more about that. That's the reason why I think we should deserve, maybe, a place in the final.
Strictly Come Dancing airs on BBC One this Saturday on 19th December.