Strictly 2019: Body language expert states that relationship between Shirley and Bruno is

Strictly Come Dancing’s seventh show aired last night and it was full of performances that wowed the crowd (and judges). However, there were also some performances who according to the judges “missed the count” completely. Although, the judges have remained calm and collected throughout this series, what did their body language say about last night’s performance?


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Last night the remaining couples danced to a number of different songs and dances in order to battle it out for a spot on next week’s show but, who will waltz for the last time tonight?

The results show airs tonight on BBC One at 7:15pm, tune in to find out.

Judi James, an expert in body language, told that the judges at the beginning appeared to be calm and relaxed.

She said: “The judges have been a calm enough group so far and [last night]  even the question marks hanging over the relationship between Motsi and Craig appeared to have vanished as the pair were seen in smiling conversation together on camera for the first time.”

However, Judi revealed the judges’ relationship became soured and “fractious”.

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She said: “Almost as a chain reaction though, things did seem to become a little bit fractious between Shirley and Bruno down the other end of the table.

“Bruno has developed a comedy trait where he stands and swings his arms around in the air, making Shirley duck to avoid getting hit.

“This joke has worked so far in a slapstick kind of a way but with Shirley’s lack of dance moves recently, with every movement suggesting some physical vulnerability over the past couple of weeks, she did appear seriously alarmed when Bruno kept up the arm-swings, even appearing to flinch once as she leaned out of range.”

Judi also revealed that this display of dramatic movement lead to a tetchy-calling-out by Shirley of Bruno.

Judi said: “This seemed to lead to a very tetchy calling-out when either Bruno appeared to be commenting as she was offering her criticism to one of the couples or because someone booed from the audience and she called out a rather commanding ‘May I finish?’ to put them in their place.”

Shirley Ballas is the resident Rumba expert and she heavily critiqued Anton Du Beke and Emma Barton on their butchered performance of the Rumba.

Shirley started her feedback by saying: “First of all, I want to say, you’re tall, you’re elegant, and you have everything it takes to do a beautiful Rumba before I say what I’m about to say.

“The only timing I could read was the basic, the alemana and the sliding doors – three bars of Rumba. 

“The rest of it, I have no idea on what count you were dancing this dance.”


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Shirley was then booed by the audience, prompting her to say: “Hang on a minute, there are four beats, there are three steps. You have to understand that.”

However, Anton hit back at the judge and stated that sometimes there could be four steps and three beats or sometimes there are five steps and seven beats.

“Sometimes there are no steps,” he said while screaming above the head judge.

Shirley didn’t let the interruption get to her, adding: “The first thing required in any dance is movement to music. 

“You have to stay on time, thank you.”

Last night, Saffron Barker and Aj Pritchard danced the Salsa to Instruction by Jax Jones, featuring Demi Lovato and Stefflon Don, but body language expert Judi James revealed that due to AJ’s performing abilities he makes his partner look “weaker”.

Body language expert Judi James told AJ outshone his partner in a manner that negatively affected the overall performance

She said: “It’s all about subliminal chemistry and physical trust and a lack of inhibitions now as the couples whittle down for the win.

“Some brutal judging tonight saw previous favourites Saffron and AJ thrown to the wolves at the bottom end of the leader board and in some ways it was quite easy to see why they became vulnerable.

“Their salsa looked like a game of Twister during rehearsals with the youngest couple in the contest ending up hitting the decks in a tangle of limbs.

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