STRICTLY Come Dancing’s Craig Revel Horwood has defended his decision to mark Debbie McGee down for breaking the 10-second rule on Saturday night.
The judge has insisted fans need to be told about the issue and he’s declared war on contestants who don’t play by the book.
Viewers were left fuming over the weekend as Debbie McGee was marked down for breaking the little known rule.
Paul Daniels’ widow put on a striking quickstep with Giovanni Pernice, but they were penalised by the judging panel over their routine.
Craig told her she had broken a Strictly guideline, explaining that dancers should not spend more than “10 seconds out of hold”, doing solo moves away from their partner.
The star ended up with a low score despite wowing with her routine, but Craig is adamant he had to penalise her for the misstep.
During his appearance on Spin-off show, Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two, he insisted “everybody” has been breaking the rule and it has to stop.
He told host Zoe Gall: “It is a rule – everyone should know that people have been taking advantageof it in recent weeks and we have let some go, to be honest, because of the music.
“It the music slows down and it can’t be quickstepped to, then you can do a little American Smooth.
“I make leeway for that, but [Debbie’s dance], that was just way too long and it is about time we told everyone at home about this rule that everyone has been breaking.”
Craig added that he meant no disrespect to Debbie as he thinks she is a fabulous dancer.
He said: “She is fantastic, she is amazing and I loved the routine, but I didn’t create the rules.
Debbie wowed fans with her quickstep to Let’s Call The Whole Thing Off from Shall We Dance? and they were convinced she would walk away with a top score for her efforts.
But she ended up with points deducted for the blunder
She still came away with a respectable score of 25, but fans were furious about the judges’ decision.
Viewers flocked to Twitter to claim they had never heard of the rule before and insisted Debbie had been treated unfairly.
One wrote: “Debbie deserved 9’s … 10 second rule My Arse #Strictly.”
Another tweeted: “#Strictly I though the ten second rule was if cake dropped on the floor and was there for less than ten seconds you could still eat it.”
Another added: “I’ve watched #Strictly since it started. When has this 10 second rule EVER come about????!!! Brilliant dance again, Debbie!!.”
One other fans insisted it was not on to mark Debbie down for the choreography, which she was not responsible for.
They added “Don’t. Blame. Celebs. For. Choreographers’. Mistakes. #Strictly #scd.”
Debbie deserved 9’s … 10 second rule My Arse #Strictly
— Official C Paulié © (@Paulie9461) October 7, 2017
#Strictly I though the ten second rule was if cake dropped on the floor and was there for less than ten seconds you could still eat it
— Pat McGrath (@parkadge) October 7, 2017
I’ve watched #Strictly since it started. When has this 10 second rule EVER come about????!!! Brilliant dance again, Debbie!!
— Mathew Howell (@bigmat1982) October 7, 2017
— Saorlait Mooreghulis (@SaorlaitMF) October 7, 2017