OLYMPIAN James Cracknell wiped away tears after being blasted for his “hunched back” and “lethargic” performance on Strictly Come Dancing.
The 47-year-old was upset after he failed to win over the judges in last night’s epic launch show.
The gold medal rower – who looked awkward and uncomfortable as he moved across the dance floor – became emotional as he was greeted by host Claudia Winkleman after the judges’ comments.
“Your posture is your main concern,” judge Craig Revel Horwood told James.
“You’re meant to be forming a V-shape, when in fact you were hunched over, sadly.
“On top of that your bottom was sticking way out, you need to tuck that baby under.
“It lacked drive or any sharp staccato moves.
“You need to put as much energy as you do in rowing into this. It was very lethargic I’m afraid.”
But head judge Shirley Ballas told James he had inspired men across the country to take up dancing – after showing how much someone can learn in two weeks.
“I am sure you have inspired so many men across the country to go and find a dance studio if they could look like that in a short space of time. Well done.”
James wasn’t the only contestant who failed to impress the judges.
In fact, Strictly viewers were fuming with the judges’ scoring – insisting they too “harsh” and were being meaner than ever.
Neil Jones and Alex Scott got the action underway with a Quickstep to I Get A Kick Out Of You by Frank Sinatra, and despite impressing viewers, they received a mediocre 21.
Strictly viewers were fuming with the judges’ scores tonight branding them ‘harsh’[/caption]
SNeil Jones and Alex Scott got the action underway with a Quickstep to I Get A Kick Out Of You by Frank Sinatra[/caption]
Things got worse for Chris Ramsey and Karen Hauer who did a Cha Cha to Juice by Lizzo.
Chris was savaged by Bruno Tonioli and Craig Revel Horwood for his lack of rhythm, with Craig saying: there was “absolutely no hip action in sight.”
Catherine Tyldesley and Johannes Radebe fared a little better dancing the Viennese Waltz to I Got You Babe by Sonny and Cher.
The former Corrie star got fives across the board, scoring a so so 20. But Shirley Ballas did describe her as a force to be reckoned with.
Things got worse for Chris Ramsey and Karen Hauer who did a Cha Cha to Juice by Lizzo[/caption]
Catherine Tyldesley and Johannes Radebe faired a little better dancing the Viennese Waltz to I Got You Babe by Sonny and Cher[/caption]
There were no complaints for a well-deserved 27 for Saffron Barker and AJ Pritchard.
It was AJ’s most successful start to a Strictly campaign as the pair impressed with a Tango to Lips Are Moving by Meghan Trainor.
Broadcaster Mike Bushnell and Katya Jones danced the Jive to Do You Love Me by The Contours, with the celeb dancer full of energy.
Bruno said: “It was mad but I loved it. You could not have given more energy.”
Craig said: “It was like an over-wound tin toy, darling.”
However, the pair still only scored 22.
Viewers flocked to Twitter to air their views, with one writing: “BRUNO HAS A THREE? I never knew. Far worse dances have been given 4s and 5s. Maybe the scoring this year is being adjusted. Otherwise that feels harsh. #Strictly.”
Another vented: “Vicious scoring from judges for Alex and Neil. #StrictlyComeDancing #Strictly.”
Emma Weymouth and Aljaz Skorjanec were praised for their Cha Cha to She’s A Lady by Tom Jones[/caption]
Next up was James Cracknell and Luba Mushtuk dancing the Tango to Gold by Spandau Ballet[/caption]
A third wrote: “three couples in and the highest scores is 21… this is gonna be a journey of a year. or the judges just left their paddles at home #strictlycomedancing #strictly.”
As a fourth shared: “Judges are being strict this year #Strictly.”
While a fifth said: “Oh come on! How can the judges build up the hopes of the partners by singing their praises then give them 5’s so their faces drop? At least Chris Ramsey knew his score would be dire after what the judges said but poor Catherine looked truly gutted. #strictly #StrictlyComeDancing.”
Reigning champion Kevin Clifton could only manage a 14 with Anneka Rice, while ex England ace David James scored an OK 17.
Dianne Buswell and Dev Griffin impressed[/caption]
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Emma Weymouth and Aljaz Skorjanec were praised for their Cha Cha to She’s A Lady by Tom Jones, but the kind comments weren’t reflected in the scoring, with the pair receiving 19.
Next up was James Cracknell and Luba Mushtuk dancing the Tango to Gold by Spandau Ballet, with a lowly 11 leaving them at the bottom of the leaderboard.
However, the highest scores of the night were just around the corner as Kelvin Fletcher did a sizzling samba for a 32 point return.
While Michelle Visage and Giovanni Pernice, and Dev Griffin and Dianne Buswell weren’t far behind with 30.
Karim Zeroual and Amy Dowden danced the Cha Cha to If I Can’t Have You by Shawn Mendes and scored a seriously good 31.
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