Strictly Shirley Ballas defends all over the place scoring after fan backlash

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Strictly Come Dancing judge Shirley Ballas has said this year's 'standard is higher than normal' as she explained her high scores.

The 61-year-old dance enthusiast appeared on This Morning on Thursday, where she was interviewed by show hosts Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby.

Asked about this year's Strictly series, which saw a ten given in week three, Shirley confirmed that "the standard is higher" this year.

Phil asked: "You're not being overly generous this year. Is it the fact that the standard is higher than normal?"

She replied: "The standard is higher and I believe that I must score according to what I see.

"So, if it deserves a ten, I'm giving.

"It might be a three next week or a two and then people will be, 'ooh, the scores are all over the place' but you have to mark what you see in that moment."

Shirley's comments follow Rhys Stephenson securing the first ten of the series during Saturday night's movie week special.

The CBBC presenter and his professional partner Nancy Xu wowed with a Spider-Man routine, which Craig Revel Horwood said was of 'professional quality'.

During her This Morning appearance, Shirley also opened up about the trolling she experiences after casting her dance-off vote.

She added: "If I send a man home, I'm a 'man hater'.

"If I send a woman home, it's because I'm 'old and ugly and want to send a lovely young girl home'.

"It's nothing to do with that at all."

"So you get trolled?" Phil asked.

Shirley replied: "Oh, I get it all the time.

"All the time but at the end of the day, my job is to mark exactly what I see at that moment and I do and I can sleep at night and I do it with honesty, so I'm proud of that."

This Morning airs weekdays on ITV, while Strictly Come Dancing airs weekends on BBC One.

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