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Strictly Come Dancing: Judges attacked for unfair scoring

Fans of the BBC series took to Twitter in droves to accuse the judges of favouritism after being overly critical of Gemma Atkinson's performance, as well as inconsistently scoring other contestants.

They were at the centre of fan outcry last week, after favourite Aston Merrigold was eliminated by the judges who chose to save fellow contestant Mollie King instead, despite him being hotly tipped to go far in this year's series.

And the Strictly Come Dancing judges were under fire yet again this week, as fans angrily took to Twitter in droves to accuse the panel of favouritism.

The response came after viewers of the BBC series accused the judges of being 'overly harsh' on contestant Gemma Atkinson, yet still giving her a respectable 28 points out of 40.

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Too hard? Strictly Come Dancing fans were outraged on Saturday after accusing the judges of being too harsh on contestant Gemma Atkinson

Gemma performed her beautiful Viennese Waltz with partner Alijaz Skorjanec on Saturday, and despite viewers praising the performance the judges were less than impressed.

Head judge Shirley said that the dance was: 'Not one for me, messed up the footwork due to her shoe coming up, too much rise and fall, work on those inner emotions and show them.'

Fellow judge Craig Revel Horwood, notorious for his harsh critiques, said the dance 'seemed rushed and [Gemma] struggled to keep up,' while Bruno Tonioli added: 'You're holding Alijaz, not a laundry basket, express yourself and play the part.'

Hard: Fans of the BBC series accused the panel of 'inconsistent' scoring and favouring other contestants over Gemma

Weak: Notorious tough judge Craig Revel-Horwood noted that the routine 'seemed rushed and [Gemma] struggled to keep up'

Preference? Head judge Shirley Ballas said that the routine was 'not one for me'

Viewers took to social media to defend Gemma's performance, stating that the panel were being deliberately harsh and accusing them of favouritism.

One wrote: 'I didn't think Gemma was that bad at all. Let's wait for Debbie and Alexandra, but of course they can't do anything wrong.'

Another added: 'I do think the judges, especially Shirley were very overly harsh on Gemma. I think she did well.' 

A third exclaimed: 'Getting really annoyed with these judges now - clearly have their favorites. Gemma danced that beautifully and should be so proud of herself.'

Struggling? Despite Gemma's comments she still received a score of 28 out of 40

Unhappy: Fans took to Twitter in droves to accuse the judges of being too hard on Gemma, yet being more lenient on other contestants

Tough: Fans enjoyed Gemma's Viennese Waltz with partner Aljaz, which was performed to You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me by Brenda Lee

Yet despite Gemma's so-so comments, fans were left even more baffled when she received a respectable seven from each judge, despite better received dancers such as Susan Calman receiving weaker scores of five and six. 

One viewer picked up on the inconsistent scoring, saying: 'Hang on. I thought the judges were saying how much they hated Gemma's dance?'

Another added: 'Yep it was so bad, Gemma still had 28. Can the scores please reflect what the judges are saying?'

MailOnline have contacted a spokesperson for Strictly. 

Fans were not only upset at Gemma's score, also accusing contestant Mollie King of being undermarked for her Paso Doble.

One tweeted: 'What an absolute joke of a score for Mollie and AJ! So undermarked! Ridiculous!'

Odd: Fans were baffled by Gemma's score, after other contestants with better comments received weaker scores

Unfair: Viewers of the BBC show have been accusing the judges of favoritism after accusing 

Still strong: Gemma's score led to her finishing fourth on the leaderboard

Other fans made reference to eliminated contestant Aston, who was voted off last week after finishing second bottom on the leaderboard.

Viewers were outraged when his stylish Viennese Waltz with partner Janette Manrara received a mere four from judge Craig, and an overall score of 25.

In what was dubbed the biggest shock in Strictly history, the dancing duo were then voted off in the dance-off, despite Aston consistently being one of the favourites to win. 

One fan wrote: 'A huge Aston-shaped hole missing in @bbcstrictly tonight.'

Deja vu: Fans also made reference to the shocking elimination of favourite Aston Merrigold last week, which was dubbed one of the biggest shocks in Strictly history

Something missing: Fans noted that this week's show did not feel right without Aston