Angela Rippon fiercely defended by Strictly fans after facing cruel 'unfair advantage' claims

Angela Rippon fiercely defended by Strictly fans after facing cruel 'unfair advantage' claims

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Alex Davies

By Alex Davies

Published: 13/10/2023

- 14:07

The GB News presenter will take on the Rumba on Saturday

Angela Rippon has been flooded with support after a handful of Strictly Come Dancing fans took issue with the routine given to her ahead of this Saturday's show.

Rippon - who celebrated her 79th birthday this week - has been hard at work rehearsing the Rumba she and Kai Widdrington will perform to the sound Rise Like A Phoenix by Conchita Wurst.

The presenter has regularly impressed so far this series, earning a respectable score of 26 for her Week Three Quickstep, 31 for Week Two's Foxtrot, and 28 for her debut Cha Cha in Week One.

But despite being given the likes of the Cha Cha and Quickstep to perform, some fans have brutally claimed Rippon is being "unfairly" scored due to the pace of her routines.

And upon learning she and Widdrington would tackle the typically slower Rumba this coming weekend, some expressed their opinions online.

Taking to Instagram in response to the Week Four dances announcement, one person penned: "Is Angela Rippon not being given any fast dances?

Angela Rippon and Kai Widdrington

Angela Rippon and Kai Widdrington will perform the Rumba in Week Four


"Seems very unfair as the other dancers are being given a mix of speeds," they added while a second added on X, formerly known as Twitter: "So Angela Rippon has got yet another slow dance this weekend.

"No surprise there then. Unfair that she's not doing any faster dances #Strictly #StrictlyComeDancing #ItTakesTwo."

However, despite the disgruntled input of a few, a number of Strictly fans quickly flooded the web in defence of Rippon and her show-stopping performances on the dancefloor.

One fan argued: "She was given a Quickstep last week. How she ends up performing them is beside your particular point.

"She’s 78 with asthma so hardly favoured with a QS last week. She was also given a Cha Cha in week 1."

A second also hit back: "And... it still wasn't slow and it was quick. How you do it doesn't have to be like everyone else's, that's the point."

"She’s nearly 80 give the woman a break," a third passionately defended while a fourth also pointed out: "Angela was given the quick step last week. That's not a slow dance. People have been given the jive before like Katie Derham and danced it slower and she's far younger than Angela.

"How you perform it doesn't matter. As long as the steps are in there which they were it doesn't matter. Cha cha is not slow either. I'm not sure a rumba is being favoured, granted it's very very technical and exposes everything."

Angela Rippon

Angela Rippon's leg lift had audiences everywhere stunned in Week One


The praise continued on X as another fan enthused: "A Rumba for Angela R & Kai this weekend. I'm excited!!!! #Strictly," followed by applause emojis. (sic)

The support for Rippon is evident in bookmakers' odds too with the Rip Off Britain star a staggering 25/1 outsider to face elimination this weekend, despite the irked opinions of some.

Rippon - whose iconic leg lift in Week One earned plaudits everywhere, including from GB News' Eamonn Holmes - took a break from rehearsing the Rumba this week to attend the Pride of Britain awards alongside her Strictly co-stars.

In what was an emotional evening - which saw Strictly pro Amy Dowden in tears at one schoolgirl's battle with cancer - Rippon took to the stage to hand over an award to charity fundraiser, John Burkhill.

Rippon showed her nurturing side as she even danced with Burkhill on stage to raucous applause from the crowd in attendance.

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