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Strictly Come Dancing judge Shirley Ballas dismisses tension with Karen Clifton: Thats certainly not the case

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Womans Strictly columnist reports from backstage…

EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NO MERCHANDISING Mandatory Credit: Photo by Ken McKay/ITV/REX/Shutterstock (9799343u) Shirley Ballas 'Loose Women' TV show, London, UK – 22 Aug 2018 Waltzing into the studio today, it's Shirley Ballas! The lead judge on Strictly Come Dancing is our guest panelist today and she will be giving us her views on the the line-up, which has been criticised by some as being a little obscure. Also why she's the victim of her own Strictly curse. She'll be filling us in on what she has been up to since we last saw her, including her appearance on the BBC's 'Who Do You Think You Are?' where she made some shocking discoveries about her family history. She'll also talking about the real reason she took her dog on a plane with her!

Speaking the truth

The professionals have a really tough job choreographing their celebritys performances every week, so Id like to make it clear that were not judging them. People picked up on tension between Karen Clifton and I, but thats certainly not the case – I dont always get time to explain my comments. I was trying to say that I wouldnt be deducting points from Charles because I didnt feel like it was a mistake on his part.

Wardrobe mishaps!

Id like to commend Janette [Manrara] for staying totally professional when her dress got tangled the other week. These things happen – its happened to all of us and our wardrobe people do everything in their power to make sure they dont happen. Let it be a beautiful lesson to us all – when it all goes wrong, keep going. The show must go on! It was true professionalism.

READ MORE: SHIRLEY REVEALS ALL ABOUT HER SONS ROMANCE WITH ASHLEY ROBERTS

Dont peak too soon!

Ashley [Roberts] got the first nine of the series, but we have to remember its a journey. If we gave someone a 10 too soon there would be nowhere for them to go. And that is what the show is all about – their journey.
As a judging panel, were doing everything from a good place and with a kind heart because we really want them to improve. If we give four 10s then where are we going to go?

Mounting pressure!

Although the celebrities have had a couple of weeks to get used to the process now, I think their nerves are worse than ever because of the shorter training time. Theres an awful lot to be done in that week, from learning the choreography and perfecting their performances, to recording their VTs and sorting out their costumes – its not just 100% dancing!

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