Strictly Come Dancing judges Motsi Mabuse and Craig Revel Horwood have responded to reports that they are embroiled in a feud, after sources claimed the atmosphere had become “tense” at the panel.
A representative for the BBC show told MailOnline the two stars ‘adore’ each other after it was reported they were involved in an on-air dispute over Craig jokingly calling Motsi a ‘diva’.
In response to the claims, a Strictly spokesperson said: “This story is completely false, Motsi and Craig adore each other.”
Nope! Strictly Come Dancing judges Motsi Mabuse (pictured) and Craig Revel Horwood responded to reports that they are embroiled in a dispute
It came after claims made by Sun that the atmosphere at Strictly had become ‘tense’, after Craig, Motsi and Shirley Ballas had a falling out.
A source said: ‘Tensions are high. The atmosphere has felt a bit out of place.
During Saturday night’s Halloween special, Motsi pointed at Craig and said, ‘Diva! Diva!’ after the Australian-born star gave him the tag in a recent interview.
He told the newspaper last week: ‘Motsi has six people in his dressing room doing make-up, painting his lips, his eyes, his false eyelashes, his hair, his dress.
‘She is a diva… While I have no one. I do mine. I make up and do my hair by myself.
Denial: A representative for the BBC show told MailOnline the two stars ‘adore’ each other after it was reported they were involved in an on-air dispute.
Hey! It came after claims made by The Sun that the atmosphere at Strictly had become ‘tense’, after Craig, Motsi and Shirley Ballas had a falling out.
James Bye became the fifth contestant to leave Strictly on Sunday night when the EastEnders star took on Fleur East at the ghastly dance.
The remaining couples took to the ballroom for a spooky Halloween special, hoping to impress our judges, Craig Devil Horwood, Motsi Maboo-se, Phantom Du Beke and head judge, Scary Ballas, and the voting public.
Both couples performed their routines again, with James and his dance partner Amy Dowden performing their Charleston to Bumble Bee by LaVern Baker.
Fleur and her dance partner Vito Coppola then performed their Salsa to Break My Soul by Beyoncé in an attempt to impress the judges and stay in the competition.
Ouch: During Saturday night’s Halloween special, Motsi (center-left) pointed at Craig (far left) and said, ‘Diva! Diva!’ after the Australian-born star gave him the label in a recent interview
After both couples danced a second time, the judges delivered their verdicts, starting with Craig’s outspokenness.
He said, ‘Well, it’s my responsibility to save the best dancer and the best dancer tonight for me was Fleur and Vito.’
Motsi also chose to save Fleur and Vito, adding, “For me, there were different levels of dancing on the dance floor, and I decided to save Fleur and Vito.”
Confirming the result, Anton agreed with Craig and Motsi.
Farewell: James Bye became the fifth contestant to leave Strictly Come Dancing on Sunday night when the EastEnders star took on Fleur East in the ghastly dance
He said: ‘I thought both couples danced better on Saturday night. They didn’t reproduce their best performance, but it doesn’t have to be the best performance, it has to be the best and I thought their performance was good enough. Fleur and Vito.
With three votes for Fleur and Vito, it meant that they had won the majority vote and would remain in the competition anyway, however head judge Shirley Ballas also said that she would have saved Fleur and Vito.
Asked by host Tess Daly about his time on the show, James said, “I’ve said this from the beginning, all I can do is go out there and do my best.” I’m dancing against Fleur East, I went and did my best but she’s phenomenal.
I’ve had the best time on this show and I have a friend for life. [in Amy]all I can do is thank the family, and now I have a new family.
“It’s a competition, but you don’t feel like that backstage, you honestly feel like everyone supports each other and everyone is willing to do their best!”
When asked if she had any words for her dance partner, Amy said: “You came here to show your children that they can throw themselves at any challenge in life, and you are the best role model they could have as a dad! “. I am so proud of you!’
Sunday’s results show opened with a riveting routine from our strict pros that told the cautionary tale of Icarus and featured Rina Sawayama performed her single, This Hell.
The remaining ten couples will take to the dance floor when Strictly Come Dancing returns on Saturday 5th November at 7pm, with the results being shown on Sunday 6th November at 7:15pm on BBC One.
Well done: In the end, it was Fleur and her dance partner Vito Coppola who made it through after a unanimous verdict from the judging panel.