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‘I thought the ten second rule was if you dropped cake on the floor!’ Strictly viewers are left OUTRAGED after Debbie McGee is ‘unfairly’ penalised for dazzling performance with Giovanni Pernice

Saturday night’s Strictly Come Dancing was embroiled in drama with Brendan Cole disputing head judge Shirley Ballas’ comments to his dance with Charlotte Hawkins.

And tensions continued to mount during the episode, with contestant Debbie McGee becoming the next to face the wrath of the judges after she performed the quickstep with Giovanni Pernice.

Despite wowing with her dazzling routine, the former magician’s assistant, 58, was penalised for breaking the ’10 second rule’ – a decision that left dedicated viewers at home outraged.

Points deducted! Debbie McGee, 58, was penalised for breaking the '10 second rule' after she performed the quickstep with Giovanni Pernice Saturday night's Strictly Come Dancing

Debbie looked absolutely beautiful in her figure-hugging glittering gold gown and a retro hairdo as she flaunted her best dance moves with pro Giovanni.

And while Paul Daniels’ widow’s performance to Let’s Call The Whole Thing Off from Shall We Dance was culminated with a rapturous applause from the audience, the judging panel were quick to offer their not so pleasant verdict.

 

Despite Darcey Bussell exclaiming ‘I’m loving you!’, Craig Revel Horwood informed her that she had broken the ’10 second rule.’

The Strictly rule refers to contestants not spending more than ten seconds away from their partner doing solo moves.

Impressive: Debbie looked absolutely beautiful in her figure-hugging glittering gold gown and a retro hairdo as she flaunted her best dance moves with pro Giovanni

Proving that the razzle dazzle isn’t just reserved for the dance floor, Strictly host Tess Daly looked as sparkling as the contestants in a sequin gold gown this week.

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Judged: Despite Darcey Bussell exclaiming 'I'm loving you!', Craig Revel Horwood informed her that she had broken the '10 second rule'Not happy: Debbie, who had given the dance her all, looked obviously upset and annoyed at the decision as it was announced that she would have points deducted for the dance floor blunder

A ’10 second rule’…. First time I’ve ever heard any of the judges mention it in #Strictly Thought they were overly harsh to Debbie.’

‘Debbie deserved 9’s … 10 second rule My A*** #Strictly.’

‘Debbie, Debbie Debbie – I love her. 10 secs! Who cares?! #strictly #StrictlyComeDancing2017.’

‘#strictly Debbie as expected a proper quick step and a very good performance. A joy to watch. F the 10 seconds.’

’10 second rule?!?! I can understand if it was a comp that the pros do. Not 4 #Strictly Debbie looked like she wanted 2 kill him.’

‘#Strictly I though the ten second rule was if cake dropped on the floor and was there for less than ten seconds you could still eat it.’

‘Don’t. Blame. Celebs. For. Choreographers’. Mistakes. #Strictly #scd.’

Meanwhile, Debbie, who tragically lost her husband of thirty years, magician Paul Daniels, to a brain tumour last year, addressed a potential romance with her hunky dance partner Giovanni.

Joking in an interview with The Sun that she was not oblivious to their 31-year age gap.

The blonde bombshell joked: ‘I can categorically say that I’m not romantically connected with Giovanni. Look at me, I’m older than his mother!’

'Look at me, I'm older than his mother!': , Debbie, who tragically lost her husband of thirty years, magician Paul Daniels, to a brain tumour last year, addressed a potential romance with her hunky dance partner Giovanni

Debbie had wowed audiences with a sultry Paso Doble in Week One of Strictly, where she high-kicked and twirled around Giovanni with ease and she added an extra sprinkling of sass to the routine by planting a kiss on Giovanni’s lips at the end of the dance, before pushing him to the floor.

Addressing that smooch that shocked viewers at home, Debbie insisted her late husband Paul would have had no problem with her locking lips with the stud.

She claimed: ‘Paul would have ­definitely approved of that kiss. He loved showbiz and when people did something that got a reaction!’

Proud: After tragically losing her husband Paul Daniels last year, Debbie said of the kiss: 'Paul would have ­definitely approved of that kiss. He loved showbiz and when people did something that got a reaction'

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