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Strictly’s Emma Barton ‘disappointed’ with Rumba feedback

Emma Barton was "disappointed" with Shirley Ballas’ comments on ‘Strictly Come Dancing’.
The ‘EastEnders’ actress performed the Rumba with her pro partner Anton du Beke last weekend, but their routine failed to impress the judges as it received a score of just 22 with the head judge being particularly critical.
Appearing on ITV’s ‘This Morning’ on Thursday (07.11.19), Emma said: "I was disappointed, definitely. I know it wasn’t our best dance, but it wasn’t the worst. I was really proud of myself… I was so petrified."
Anton clashed with Shirley on the show, but he has now praised the panelist while explaining the differences between the Rumba and other routines.
He added: "She’s very good at all of them, of course – [Shirley] was an absolutely incredible dancer. It is a difficult dance, it’s the sort of dance where you’ve got to get both elements absolutely right.
"With some of the other dances – certainly the Latin side of things – the technical side is really important, but as long as you’re having a great time, showing enthusiasm and the fun aspect, that takes care of that.
"With the Rumba it’s not quite like that. You’ve gotta get the technical side right, because it’s so exposing… but of course you’ve got to get the emotional side of it right as well."
And the 53-year-old pro admitted he and Emma had been concentrating on improving the emotional aspect of the dance rather than the technicalities.
He explained: "That’s what we’d been working on all week, really just the connection. That’s the thing the judges had picked up on since the beginning of us dancing together.
"So, we worked solely on that part of the dance, and I thought that came together quite well."

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