Strictly Come Dancing 2016: Greg Rutherford had 'backstage meltdown' over latest dance


Greg Rutherford had a 'meltdown' on Strictly Come Dancing 2016 at the weekend, it's been claimed.

The sport star is said to have been left "livid" after his latest performance was criticised by Craig Revel Horwood.

Craig even made Greg's pro partner Natalie Lowe cry with his comments about the pair's Rumba.

"Natalie, I felt like you were protecting Greg with this dance with wild, show-stopping positions and lines that are going to make the audience applaud," he said.

Natalie Lowe, Greg Rutherford
Natalie Lowe, Greg Rutherford

Craig added to the the pair: "I don’t feel I can judge this dance as a rumba. I can probably judge this as a showdance or a contemporary dance that’s passionate and engaging but sadly it wasn’t, for me – I think – to do with rumba."

While Natalie was upset by the comments, Greg was even more taken aback.

A source told the Daily Mirror newspaper: "Greg had a total meltdown. He kept telling Natalie how amazing she was and how it wasn’t her fault.

"Four people had to restrain him as he insisted that he was done with the show. He was properly kicking off, saying he was leaving, that they couldn’t treat Natalie like that."

Hinting at his feelings, Greg tweeted Saturday night: "Cannot even describe my level of disappointment tonight. Never did I think I’d feel this disheartened from dancing on a show! Mental."

Greg and Natalie went on to avoid the dance off Sunday night and will perform again this weekend.

“Greg is a natural sportsperson and as such has a desire to be the best in everything that he does," a friend of Greg's said. “His ambition to succeed is what drives him and he is very passionate about the competition.

Natalie Lowe, Greg Rutherford
Natalie Lowe, Greg Rutherford

"He threw everything into his rumba on Saturday night, so he was disappointed that he didn’t do as well as he had expected.”

The BBC didn't comment on the report.

Strictly Come Dancing is back Saturday night on BBC One.

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