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Craig Revel Horwood speaks about Aston Merrygold

He was faced with a barrage of criticism by awarding Strictly Come Dancing favourite Aston Merrygold a four, with the JLS star being eliminated shortly afterwards.

And Craig Revel Horwood has hit back at fans who claimed he was responsible for the shock elimination, saying it was Aston's failure to secure enough votes along with his subpar performance in the dance-off that triggered his exit.

The famously acid-tongued judge defended his decision to keep Mollie King and AJ Pritchard in the dance show,tweeting: 'Dear all the judges vote on the dance off alone NOT past performances or potential performances in the future! If you wanna have ur say VOTE'.

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Shocker: Craig Revel Horwood has hit back at fans who claimed he was responsible for Aston Merrygold's shock elimination, saying it was Aston's failure to secure enough votes along with his subpar performance in the dance-off that triggered his exit

Shocker: Craig Revel Horwood has hit back at fans who claimed he was responsible for Aston Merrygold's shock elimination, saying it was Aston's failure to secure enough votes along with his subpar performance in the dance-off that triggered his exit

Wow: The famously acid-tongued judge defended his decision to keep Mollie King and AJ Pritchard in the dance show,tweeting: 'Dear all the judges vote on the dance off alone NOT past performances or potential performances in the future!'

Wow: The famously acid-tongued judge defended his decision to keep Mollie King and AJ Pritchard in the dance show,tweeting: 'Dear all the judges vote on the dance off alone NOT past performances or potential performances in the future!'

After another viewer tweeted 'It Takes Two must be embarrassing for @CraigRevHorwood & @ShirleyBallas to watch. Final contenders gone over Mollie. Ridiculous' Craig was quick to take a swipe in response, saying 'Did YOU vote for him?' 

But one fan really drew Craig's ire when they claimed the winner of the show had already been decided, writing: 'It's obvious that Debbie is going to win regardless of who gets the most votes'.

This led the star to hit back 'That darling is biggest load of rubbish I’ve read to date! Audience can turn leaderboard on its head and in the final- judges scores mean 0'

One more follower then wrote 'Please please please stop with the unfair marking tho. The 4 was not fair', Craig bit back 'In YOUR opinion'.  

Hitting back: Craig took to Twitter with a stream of defensive messages in the aftermath

Hitting back: Craig took to Twitter with a stream of defensive messages in the aftermath

Vitriol: After another viewer tweeted 'It Takes Two must be embarrassing for @CraigRevHorwood & @ShirleyBallas to watch. Final contenders gone over Mollie. Ridiculous' Craig was quick to take a swipe in response, saying 'Did YOU vote for him?'

Vitriol: After another viewer tweeted 'It Takes Two must be embarrassing for @CraigRevHorwood & @ShirleyBallas to watch. Final contenders gone over Mollie. Ridiculous' Craig was quick to take a swipe in response, saying 'Did YOU vote for him?'

Claim: But one fan really drew Craig's ire when they claimed the winner of the show had already been decided, writing: 'It's obvious that Debbie is going to win regardless of who gets the most votes'

Claim: But one fan really drew Craig's ire when they claimed the winner of the show had already been decided, writing: 'It's obvious that Debbie is going to win regardless of who gets the most votes'

Twitter stream: One more follower then wrote 'Please please please stop with the unfair marking tho. The 4 was not fair', Craig bit back 'In YOUR opinion'

Twitter stream: One more follower then wrote 'Please please please stop with the unfair marking tho. The 4 was not fair', Craig bit back 'In YOUR opinion'

Craig also told The Sun that he stood by his decision, saying: 'We didn't put him in the bottom two, the audience did.  

'That's rubbish. I gave a list of what was wrong with it on the night. And Mollie did a better dance in the dance-off'.

And it was claimed that one audience member was so shocked by Aston's exit that they ended up vomiting all over the studio.  

A Strictly spokesperson told Mail Online: 'This weekend, a member of the studio audience felt unwell during the filming of the Results Show. The production team made sure they were looked after; and quickly and safely escorted out of the studio during a suitable break in filming.'

Swipe: In the aftermath of the elimination Aston's pregnant girlfriend Sarah Richards tweeted '#bringbacklen' in a swipe at Shirley Ballas who replaced former head judge Len Goodman

Swipe: In the aftermath of the elimination Aston's pregnant girlfriend Sarah Richards tweeted '#bringbacklen' in a swipe at Shirley Ballas who replaced former head judge Len Goodman

Shock elimination:BBC bosses were reportedly as shocked and 'annoyed' as viewers over Aston Merrygold's early departure from Strictly Come Dancing 

Shock elimination:BBC bosses were reportedly as shocked and 'annoyed' as viewers over Aston Merrygold's early departure from Strictly Come Dancing 

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In the aftermath of the elimination Aston's pregnant girlfriend Sarah Richards tweeted '#bringbacklen' in a swipe at Shirley Ballas who replaced former head judge Len Goodman.

 Former ‘Strictly’ professional James Jordan hit out at Craig, and called his decision to score Aston a four “disgusting”.

He said: 'He had 25 points ... he should've been nowhere near the position he was on the leaderboard.

'Craig put him there, that's a fact. Craig gave him a four which was disgusting, and you can't justify that.

'He's going to go on 'It Takes Two' and say, 'Oh, it was my opinion, I didn't like it. I marked it a four and I stand by my four.'

Shock result:They failed to impress with their Viennese Waltz to the Jackson 5's Who's Loving You, after an impressive showing in the Halloween show the week before which saw them get 38 for their sizzling Paso Doble to Smells Like Teen Spirit

Shock result:They failed to impress with their Viennese Waltz to the Jackson 5's Who's Loving You, after an impressive showing in the Halloween show the week before which saw them get 38 for their sizzling Paso Doble to Smells Like Teen

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