STRICTLY Come Dancing pro Oti Mabuse cried as Shirley Ballas criticised her dance with Kelvin Fletcher last night.
One fan begged the 59-year-old head judge to go easy on her, tweeting: “Shirley shhhh oti is crying.”
Dance pro Oti, 29, and former Emmerdale star Kelvin, 35, danced a Viennese Waltz to Christina Aguilera and Great Big World’s Say Something.
They got a respectable score of 34 – even though fans insisted she and Kelvin Fletcher had been undermarked.
However, Oti was seen weeping as Shirley told her the dance had “too much rise and fall” adding: “It looked a little bit stuck, for me.”
The judge’s comments were later interrupted by booing from the audience, with Shirley turning around and snapping: “Can I finish?”
The emotion of the occasion appeared to have got to Oti, with host Tess Daly leaning over and asking her: “Are you OK, my dear?”
She got an easier ride from the other judges, with her sister Motsi calling the dance “absolutely outstanding”.
Even famously-tough marker Craig Revel Horwood called it “superb”.
However, they did not take top spot in the judges’ scoring this week, coming behind Karim Zeroual and Amy Dowden, who got 39.
Kelvin and Oti performing on Strictly Come Dancing last night
Michelle Visage and Giovanni Pernice and Chris Ramsay and Karen Hauer both matched them on 34.
Viewers will learn tomorrow night who will face the dace-off and exit the competition once audience votes are included.