The Countryfile star took to the Strictly Come Dancing floor on Sunday to perform a waltz. She and Gorka Marquez were the second to perform after Fleur East and Vito Coppola, and the 2 received the identical rating of 35, but viewers of the BBC competition were quick to argue Helen must have achieved a better rating, with some suggesting the judges were “shoehorning” certain contestants into the upcoming final.
Twitter user @cfs123plays wrote: “Notice how Helen got the identical rating as Fleur despite Helen being clearly higher. They’re clearly attempting to shoehorn Fleur and Molly into the ultimate #Strictly.”
@mary_pippin1 argued: “Helen was great and dare I say higher than Fleur her scores ought to be higher #Strictly.”
“Cannot wait to see how they engineer this to get Fleur and Molly into the ultimate, where the general public will be sure that Hamza, Helen or Will picks up the trophy #Strictly,” @BornAgainBantam fumed.
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Others suggested the alternative was true, nonetheless. @man18united remarked: “#Strictly Dancing clever I prefer Fleur/Molly to Helen anyway, more engaging, entertaining, but Helen is more popular obviously with GBP.”
@reieesc added: “I like Helen but when Fleur did that dance they’d be s****ing it off #strictly.”
@MillieSansoye argued: “Helen’s dance wasn’t pretty much as good as Fleur’s, it was worse, what are these f***ing marks #Strictly.”
Molly has found herself in the underside two 4 times despite consistently high scores from the judges each week.
Last week, she was saved a fourth time after she and Morning Live star Kym Marsh ended up within the dreaded dance-off.
Kym and Graziano Di Prima ended up waving goodbye to the competition after Craig Revel Horwood, Motsi Mabuse and Shirley Ballas opted to maintain Molly and Carlos Gu within the show.
Former professional-turned-judge Anton Du Beke had voted to avoid wasting Kym and Graziano.
As a disillusioned Molly prepared to face her fourth dance-off, Craig offered some words of encouragement.
Host Tess Daly commented: “You said Molly transformed in her charleston. Is there anything you’re thinking that she should concentrate on now
“Concentrate on yourself and that charleston, that is one of the best dance I’ve ever seen you do on this competition,” Craig replied.
“So you may go on the market and be very, very confident that you’re going to do a great job.”
With a reassuring smile, he concluded: “You are going to be great.”
Tonight’s semi-finals will see remaining couples Molly and Carlos, Fleur East and Voti Coppola, Helen and Gorka Márquez, Hamza and Jowita Przystał and Will Mellor and Nancy Xu compete for his or her place in next week’s all-important show.
Strictly Come Dancing continues on Monday at 8.15 on BBC One.