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Last weekend, the remaining celebrities took to the dancefloor for Strictly Come Dancing’s Movie Week. The celebs received mixed reviews from the judges, and fans noticed how “harsh” Shirley Ballas was when giving her feedback to Matt Goss and Ellie Taylor. Nevertheless, in an exclusive interview with Express.co.uk, body language expert Darren Stanton noticed how Shirley’s judging has modified in the most recent series.

Speaking on behalf of Slingo concerning the judges’ comments, Darren began: “Week three of Strictly has been an actual game changer as regards to how the judges are giving feedback and scoring, in addition to interacting with one another.

“Craig is mostly all the time true to form, he’s known for being super-critical and folks expect to be given lower scores and more damning feedback, nevertheless, it’s clear that Craig purposefully does this, with the motivation to make people feel higher and work harder. As a judge, his behaviour is pretty consistent.

“Motsi is mostly quite consistent together with her behaviour on the panel and her interactions.

“She generally gives what we call a ‘feedback sandwich’, giving good points before critical points and constructive feedback, before ending on a high.

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“Anton is analogous and a really animated character. Given the very fact he was a dancer on the show, he empathises with the contestants and might appreciate the pressure and stress they’re under.

“He ensures to deliver any negative feedback he has in a positive way – he wants to go away that competitor feeling good.”

Nevertheless, turning his attention to move judge Shirley and her critique, Darren continued: “Shirley has noticeably modified her judging style already this series.

“She is all the time fairly upbeat and positive, but we saw her giving some really critical responses and feedback to certain contestants, especially Matt Goss and Ellie Taylor.

“When Motsi made similar comments concerning the nature of Shirley’s feedback, Shirley never turned to take a look at her or move her body which subconsciously says, ‘I’m not going to acknowledge what you think that’.

“That is unusual for Shirley, who isn’t normally so hard-faced on the panel.”

The body language expert explained he’s unsure why Shirley has modified her judging style. Analysing her behaviour further, he said: “It’s unimaginable to inform what caused this shift in emotion and changes in her manner.

“She has also begun to adopt an influence position when she stands.

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