Strictly judge Motsi Mabuse responds to claims she was unhappy Rose Ayling-Ellis won the Glitterball

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Photo credit: Guy Levy - BBC
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Strictly Come Dancing judge Motsi Mabuse has rubbished accusations of her being unhappy with this year's Glitterball champion Rose Ayling-Ellis.

During Saturday's (18 December) grand final, she told Rose and her professional partner Giovanni Pernice: "This is a person who's shown us we are capable of doing anything we set our mind to and that was your space too."

However, fans thought they spotted Mabuse looking unhappy when the winners were eventually confirmed.

Photo credit: Guy Levy - BBC
Photo credit: Guy Levy - BBC

"Looking back at the judges reaction to Rose's win in the #strictly final don't you think Motsi and [Craig's] expressions gave the game away? Definitely felt they would have preferred John [Whaite] and Johannes [Radebe]," read one tweet.

Another viewer went on to add: "Why did Motsi have a face like she was sucking lemons when Rose was announced the winner."

Responding to this, Mabuse addressed such claims in impassioned fashion.

"Even after such an emotional and fantastic final people still will find a way for hate!" she wrote. "Imagine sitting in the living room and interpreting this? It's a shame! Thank you for all the love and support I received, they override this comment by the thousands."

Photo credit: BBC
Photo credit: BBC

Away from any controversy, EastEnders actress Rose shared a few words of her own following the result at the weekend.

"I just want to say you are so amazing," she told Giovanni. "You pushed me to believe in myself more than I believe in myself. You are an incredible teacher, but not just that... you are a wonderful friend.

"We've gone through a lot, and I just want you to know no matter what happens, no matter how busy we get, I want you to know you've always got a piece of my heart. You really do."

Strictly Come Dancing will return in 2022.

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