Strictly Come Dancing: Arlene Phillips hits out at the judges over 'ridiculously' high scores

Arlene Phillips

Judging the judges: Axed Arlene Phillips says the Strictly Come Dancing panel are too generous with their scores

Arlene Phillips has hit out at the Strictly Come Dancing judges for being too generous with their scores.

The former dancer, 66, who was replaced as a judge on the BBC1 dance show by pop star Alesha Dixon, 30, said the panel were giving the celebrity contestants 'ridiculously' high marks out of ten.

She said: 'I’ve done an overall mark for everybody and theirs are nowhere near where mine are.

'I think Craig is the only one marking what he sees - and he gets booed.'

Saturday’s night show saw the panel award 32 out of 40 points to Hollyoaks actor Ricky Whittle despite only performing for the first time in the competition.

And Footballers’ Wives actresses Zoe Lucker and Laila Rouass both scored 30 in their first ever dance on Friday night.

She also hit out at Jo Woods who was bottom of the leaderboard but still managed to scored 18 out of 40, after most of the judges gave her five marks, except for Revel Howard who awarded three.

'Jo should not have got more than threes. I know with Fiona she got threes, fours and maybe a five - and that's the kind of performance it was.

Jockey Richard Dunwoody became the second contestant to be kicked off the show, following Martina Hingis in being voted off.

Strictly Come Dancing

High scores: Saturday’s night show saw the panel award 32 out of 40 points to Hollyoaks actor Ricky Whittle

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