BRENDAN Cole has defended Charlotte Hawkins after her Strictly performance this weekend was branded a “disaster”.
The newsreader came under fire over her lacklustre Cha Cha and her partner has now hit back at her critics in a scathing rant on Twitter.
Good Morning Britain star Charlotte suffered an epic fail as she scored just 12 points on Saturday night.
Her performance was branded a flop by sharp-tongued judge Craig Revel-Horwood, who said: “[It was] a complete dance disaster, but on a positive at least you’ll never have to do that dance again.”
Brendan was also chastised by the panel for giving her such a complicated routine and they insisted he should’ve made it simpler.
The professional dancer has hit back at Twitter trolls who took aim at Charlotte over her routine and called them “disgusting” for “laughing at another’s misfortune”.
In a lengthy rant posted on the social media site, he vented: “I have a lot to say about last Saturday… here goes…
“It was definitely a tough night at the office & maybe the scores were just!
“What… I object to is belittling someone who has worked hard and is clearly upset at the situation.
“I have no time for negativity when… someone is down!
“It was obvious that things hadn’t gone to plan and at that time you can be honest but constructively positive!
“This… can be humiliating at the best of times and laughing at another’s misfortune is disgusting and although Strictly is just an…
“Entertainment show, we invest time and emotion into it and therefore it matters to us who take part.
“We are not changing the world… but we do care.
“That’s all, rant over!”
Brendan went on to insist that he believes in Charlotte and said she will bounce stronger back next week.
He added: “We are coming back stronger next week, I believe in team #charcole.”
After landing just 12 points, Charlotte trailed way behind Alexandra Burke and Debbie McGee, who landed top of the leaderboard.
The morning TV show star was left on the verge of tears after nerves got the better of her during the routine.
After struggling to get certain spins right during rehearsals, the luck of the night didn’t work for her and she looked devastated as the fiery routine went horribly wrong.
But Darcey Bussell told Charlotte not to give up and insisted she must have struggled to get the acting right as well as counting her steps.
She said: “To flirt on live TV is not an easy thing and you recovered well from you losing your timing, but you’ll come back stronger.”
Charlotte also got a grilling from her GMB co-star Piers Morgan today, as he bluntly told her she “bombed” during her panicked performance.
He also quipped she had been “drinking too much” for Dutch courage beforehand.
The “horrified” broadcaster went as far as to say his co-star would be “thrown under the bus” by her professional partner, Brendan, should she fail to impress in this Saturday’s Tango – and quizzed whether she was putting in enough hours of training.