Strictly Come Dancing judge Shirley Ballas reveals shocking death threats

Strictly Come Dancing judge Shirley Ballas has revealed some of the shocking threats she’s received.


Shirley joins fellow Strictly Come Dancing judges, Craig Revel-Horwood and Motsi Mabuse on The Jonathan Ross Show on ITV this Saturday night.

The trio discuss being on the receiving end of online trolls, with Craig attributing many comments to Dev Griffin’s shock exit.

He says: “This is to do with Dev I would imagine.

“Everyone in the group, especially us as judges, all said professionally that he was the one that should leave and I defend that, of course I’m going to defend that because that was the decision on the night…

“I’d love to be able to do a big sum up and then put someone through but it’s not about that. The dance off is literally about who was good on that night and who did the best on the night.”

On death threats they had received online, Shirley shared: “Somebody put a picture with my face on it digging my own grave [with a comment] ‘Die B*tch’ and put me on a chicken spit.”


Craig said: “I always think of it as a comic strip, I never really think of it as anything. Everyone is entitled to their opinion of course. I’m very opinionated.

“These people who are writing stuff online, I think, need to sometimes be [he makes a zip sign across his mouth].”

Motsi added: “I get so upset – well angry – then I write everything down, I answer them then I go to my husband and I put on my angry voice and [read my response] then he’s like ‘Okay darling, do you feel better?’ and I’m like, ‘Yes.’ [He says] ‘So delete it’ so it never gets out but I’ve got it out of the system.”

The Jonathan Ross Show airs on Saturday, October 26 at 10:10PM on ITV.

Joining the Strictly judges on this weekend’s show are Liam Payne, Queer Eye’s Jonathan Van Ness, comedian Nish Kumar and Tom Walker.


You can catch up online via the ITV Hub.

Meanwhile, Strictly Come Dancing returns Saturday night at 6:35PM with its annual Halloween special.