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Strictly Come Dancing’s Craig Revel Horwood backed for giving controversial four to Aston Merrygold by stars Neil Jones, Dianne Buswell and Nadiya Bychkova

STRICTLY Come Dancing stars have jumped to the defence of judge Craig Revel Horwood after he awarded booted Aston Merrygold a four at the weekend.

The JLS singer, 29, was the latest celebrity to go after judges opted for Mollie King in the dance-off, shocking the BBC1 audience.

 Aston Merrygold was booted from Strictly Come Dancing Aston Merrygold was booted from Strictly Come Dancing

Dancers Neil Jones, Dianne Buswell and Nadiya Bychkova told the Sun's Bizarre column the dance wasn’t good enough for his previous standards and blamed the audience for not saving him.

Speaking at last night's Inside Soap Awards, Neil said: “The judges say from the beginning 'I'm not going to judge you against each other, I'm going to judge you on your own ability'.

"If you've got one judge giving Aston a four and Ruth's given a four, what they're trying to say is 'we're not saying those fours are against each other, that's a four on your dancing ability'.

"At that point it's up to the audience to turn around and go – he was second to bottom at the time – 'we've got to vote for him'. And they didn't vote for him.”

 Judge Craig Revel Horwood awarded him a four Judge Craig Revel Horwood awarded him a four  Neil Jones backed Craig's decisionGetty – Contributor Neil Jones backed Craig's decision  Aston's departure was a shock to manyWARNING: Use of this image is subject to the terms of use of BBC Pictures' Digital Picture Aston's departure was a shock to many  From left, judges Craig Revel Horwood, Darcey Bussell, Shirley Ballas and Bruno Tonioli were clearly not pleased by Aston's danceGetty – Contributor From left, judges Craig Revel Horwood, Darcey Bussell, Shirley Ballas and Bruno Tonioli were clearly not pleased by Aston's dance

Aston was pitted as the favourite to win the Beeb dancing show with bookies having him at 3/1 in August.

The previous week he and partner Janette Manrara had been awarded to tens for their paso and got a total of 38 out of a possible 40.

Craig Revel-Horwood scores Aston Merrygold a 4 on Strictly Come Dancing

This was not the case at the weekend as Craig gave him a four despite all three other judges awarding the dance seven.

But Dianne says it was not up to Aston's usual standards.

She said: “I didn't think it was his best dance. But it was still a great dance.”

 Aston and Mollie King were in the weekend's dance-off Aston and Mollie King were in the weekend's dance-off  Aston's paso was awarded two tens last week Aston's paso was awarded two tens last week

Speaking about why the public didn’t save him, she added: "Maybe people think he is safe because he has been so good in previous weeks, maybe people just think 'he's going to be fine even though he is down so low he's going to be fine' because it's Aston.”

And Davood Ghadami’s partner Nadiya says their Viennese waltz was not good enough to please head judge Shirley Ballas and her counterparts

 Mollie was also in the bottom two Mollie was also in the bottom two  Nadiya Bychkova says their dance didn't seduce the judges Nadiya Bychkova says their dance didn't seduce the judges  She is partnered with Davood Ghadami from EastEnders She is partnered with Davood Ghadami from EastEnders  Dianne Buswell blamed the audience for not saving Aston Dianne Buswell blamed the audience for not saving Aston  Craig has defended his fourGetty – Contributor Craig has defended his four

Nadiya said: “Maybe this style of dance didn't seduce him as the previous week, the paso, which was absolutely amazing.

“I think it was the best dance-off so far.”

Aussie Craig, 52, defended his decision amid the outcry, saying: “We didn’t put him in the bottom two, the audience did.”

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  • Strictly Come Dancing 2017
  • Craig Revel Horwood

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