Strictly Come Dancing fans were threatening to boycott the show when Dev Griffin and his partner Dianne Buswell were voted off last weekend.
Viewers claimed the pair were undermarked and even said they couldn’t get through on the phone to vote to save the couple.
And now another of this year’s celebrities, Mike Bushell, has shed some light on why the duo might have been the third couple to get sent home.
Mike, who is partnered with Katya Jones, explained that because the scores were so high last week no one was safe from elimination.
Speaking on BBC Breakfast, Mike said: “I think it was a week of very high scores, it think the lowest score was 23.
“Dev and Dianne got 27 and so really, everybody was in potential jeopardy and somebody said to me with the scoring, the public voting – because the judges count for half and then it’s all about the public vote, if you were at the very bottom of the leaderboard – I think was Alex and Neil – sometimes that can almost galvanise the public vote and then maybe you get some people voting to try and save you.”
Mike added: “But if you’re in the middle or slightly higher up, and this is not mentioning anybody in particular, this is just how it can work sometimes.”
He admitted that it had come as a “shock” to the other celebrities and professional dancers.
The TV presenter continued: “There’s always great sadness when one of you goes because you become such a close knit family.”
He added: “Dev is a brilliant dancer and they did some fantastic performances, especially last week with Aladdin. So to lose Dev and Dianne was a real shock and there was general numbness really this had happened.”
Dev and Diane were in the dance off with Emma Weymouth and Aljaz Skorjanec, who the judges voted to save
Many plan to boycott after a decision they claim was unjust.
Speaking afterwards, Dev said that he was “absolutely gutted” to be out so early.
He said: “I’m not going to lie I am absolutely gutted, but learning how to dance, hanging out with Dianne and the other pros and celebs… I’ve absolutely loved it.”
*Strictly Come Dancing returns on Saturday 19th October at 6.40pm with the results show on Sunday 20th October at 7.15pm on BBC One