Strictly’s Mike Bushell slams ‘abuse’ and ‘fix’ claims

Mike Bushell has hit back at the abuse he received from Strictly Come Dancing fans after he was saved this weekend.

The BBC Breakfast presenter, 53, was in the dance off with Catherine Tydlesley, who was sent home after the judges chose to keep him and partner Katya Jones.

Viewers branded the decision a "fix", and accused the show of saving him because he works for the BBC.

Mike was on BBC Breakfast this morning where he responded to the trolling as he jumped back into rehearsals for the next show.

He said: "It's an entertainment show, we're all trying our best, you're not really competing against anybody else, you compete against yourself to try and learn to get better and better each week, even if its just learning a couple of new steps.

"As a non-dancer all I can do is put the hours in, do my best and get through it.

"You have to rise above the abuse on social media, that's one of the sad things about social media.

"All you can do is do your best, accept the judges' decision and move on.

"Johannes and Catherine are lovely people, I didn't want to see them go but someone has to go.

"It's like football – you have to accept the referee's decision. [The judges] are the best judges in the world, they do know what they're talking about, if they'd sent me home that would have been the best decision, I can't get involved in any of that.

"I just have to concentrate on improving, and if Katya is happy with what I'm doing then I'm happy."

Catherine and her partner Johannes Radebe were eliminated after Shirley Ballas was given the deciding vote and opted to save Mike and Katya.

Viewers even called for Shirley to be sacked over the controversial decision.

Corrie star Catherine immediately burst into tears and struggled to get her words out as she said goodbye to presenter Tess Daly.

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