Shirley Ballas: ‘They make it up’ Strictly judge hits back at Anton Du Beke feud rumours

“Or it’s ‘Ooh, you don’t like Emma [Weymouth, who was voted off by the judges in week seven]… She doesn’t like beautiful young women.

“Of course I do! I love the youth! I love to see success! Sometimes I wonder, if I was a man in that position, would I get half the criticism I get? Seriously?”

The row rumours with Anton were sparked back in November when they appeared to be fuming at one another following his rumba with his celebrity Strictly partner Emma Barton.

Shirley began by calling Emma “tall” and “elegant” but then warned she wasn’t as impressed with her dancing.