Tyler West has responded to the dig Craig Revel Horwood made about his hip movements on Strictly Come Dancing, admitting he doesn’t believe it was a ‘necessary’ jab for the judge to make.
On Saturday night’s show, which took place at the famous Blackpool Tower Ballroom, Tyler and his professional dance partner Dianne Buswell had the nation on their feet with their lively Salsa to a KC & The Sunshine Band megamix.
Nonetheless, the pair wound up in the bottom two opposite Molly Rainford and Carlos Gu before being chosen by the judging panel to be sent home.
When offering his critique of Tyler and Dianne’s first go at their routine, Craig remarked how he would have wanted to see better hip action from the radio presenter, before later comparing him to fellow contestant Will Mellor.
After Will’s Samba performance, Craig told the actor: ‘There was so much hip content, I think you need to go backstage and teach Tyler a thing or two about that,’ a comment that sparked anger from disapproving viewers.
On Monday’s It Takes Two, Rylan Clark asked Tyler what he thought of the shady comment.
Several fans also voiced that they found the dig ‘unnecessary’ (Picture: BBC Two)
Tyler and Dianne were devastated to leave the competition (Picture: Guy Levy/PA)
‘I don’t know how necessary it was,’ the 26-year-old confessed, grimacing as he recalled the taunt about his dancing skills.
Nonetheless, he added that it’s part and parcel of Strictly for the judges to deliver their comments, saying he’s ‘so grateful’ to be able to dance in front of them.
‘It’s just part of it, you know,’ he added.
When Rylan played a compilation of Tyler and Dianne’s best moments from Strictly, the DJ wasn’t able to hold back the tears as he reached for a tissue.
After performing his Salsa one more time during the dreaded dance-off, Craig told Tyler that he had delivered ‘incredible hips this time round’.
However, he still decided to save Molly and Carlos, with judge Motsi Mabuse making the same choice.
After Anton Du Beke chose to save Tyler and Dianne, it was up to head judge Shirley Ballas to make the final decision.
Following his elimination, Tyler said: ‘When you watch the show at home, you wonder what it must be like to dance on it, it’s everything and more, it’s changed my life.’
Addressing Dianne, he added: ‘This girl here, has changed my life. To think I was some shy kid who never used to talk to anyone, to dancing in front of millions, I can’t put it into words. It’s my mum’s favourite show, I bought her …read more