Strict judges in new legal dispute as they are accused of “bullying” a participant

STRICTLY fans have angered the judges after Nigel Harman received a devastatingly low score for his performance in Blackpool.

Hundreds of viewers have complained on social media after the panel criticized the EastEnders star, with one saying: “It’s borderline bullying.”

The strictest judges are accused of “bullying.”


The strictest judges are accused of “bullying.”Photo credit: Erotemes
Katya Jones and Nigel Harman received devastatingly poor reviews for their performance in Blackpool


Katya Jones and Nigel Harman received devastatingly poor reviews for their performance in BlackpoolPhoto credit: PA
Fans are now saying that Layton will win the show


Fans are now saying that Layton will win the showPhoto credit: BBC

Nigel and his professional dance partner Katya Jones’ performance of It Don’t Mean A Thing by Duke Ellington placed them second on the judges’ list.

The actor was visibly disappointed as Craig Revel Horwood said: “The footwork, my dear – it went pretty wrong.”

He hung his head as Anton Du Beke added: “Well, it’s a shame because you’re such a brilliant dancer. It’s just unbelievable and then you made a few mistakes.”

Fans immediately rushed to

One viewer wrote: “This show is terrible, rigged for Layton and the judges deliberately bully Nigel to break him.”

“Don’t they know the problem has been fixed and the jury already knows the winner,” said a second.

A third commented: “#Strictly is fixed.”

Despite his score of 31 out of 40, he managed to escape the dance-off at the Tower Ballroom in Blackpool thanks to viewers’ votes.

Instead, it was Angela Rippon, 79, and Bobby Brazier, 20, who were forced to leave again – and Angela and her partner Kai Widdrington were thrown out.

Last month, Layton angrily hit back at claims for damages, insisting he had no “unfair advantage” over his competitors.

When a clip was posted on the official Strictly Instagram, many angry fans were quick to voice their thoughts about the star already being a cast member.

But someone defended Layton, writing: “It’s really sad to see how many people in the comments are helping to ruin his Strictly experience.”

And Layton replied defiantly: “Literally. Relax. It’s just a TV show.”

Olly Dawes

Olly Dawes is a Nytimas U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Olly Dawes joined Nytimas in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing:

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