Strictly’s Vick Hope hints that she was axed from the show because head judge Shirley Ballas hates her

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AXED Strictly Come Dancing star Vick Hope has suggested she got the boot from the show because judge Shirley Ballas “hates” her.

The Capital FM presenter and her partner, Graziano Di Prima, left the contest after Sunday night’s dance off against Seann Walsh and Katya Jones.


Vick Hope and her partner Graziano Di Prima were kicked off the show following a dance off on Sunday night’s episode[/caption]

Craig Revel Horwood was the only panel member who voted to save Vick, and head judge Shirley could have kept her in the competition as she had the casting vote.

But on Saturday she’d already launched a scathing critique of her performance, and Vick, 29, yesterday hinted it was down to her taking an instant dislike to her.

After returning to the station’s breakfast show yesterday, her co-host Roman Kemp said: “I didn’t see it live last night, I was on the plane, I came back, I landed, my mum called me saying: ‘Why does Shirley Ballas hate Vick Hope?”’

Vick replied: “I wish I knew.”


Head judge Shirley Ballas had the casting vote but ultimately decided to save Seann Walsh and Katya Jones[/caption]

After Roman asked if the hatred was genuine, she added: “I think I’ve got to be careful what I say here, because you never know what someone’s thinking.

“It was from week one that people were suggesting there was something there, I don’t know. It’s been consistent and Saturday night I really felt it was just weird.

“I’ve not really been spoken to like that. She relished in it.”

Vick was beaten in the dance off when her cha cha with Graziano, 24, failed to impress the judges, particularly Shirley, 58.


Seann remains in the competition as only Craig Revel Horwood voted to keep Vick in[/caption]

She said: “It took 16 bars before you started to do anything that was recognisable of cha cha.

“I’m not disputing that you didn’t try extremely hard, but for me it lacked body action, it lacked facial expression.”

Vick also hinted that her departure might have been a fix by producers.

She said: “After the dance off, then the judges have to give their decisions, but there was a bit of a conflab with some producers and then they gave their decisions. It was just stunned silence in the studio – it was a really weird atmosphere.”


Vick’s claims come after she stirred up rumours that producers paused filming to consult with the judges after the dance off[/caption]



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