Strictly Come Dancing 2018: Shirley Ballas breaks down in tears after Ashley

contestant Ashley Roberts performed a Contemporary routine with her professional dancer partner Pasha Kovalev this evening.

She told viewers ahead of the routine she would be performing it in honour of her late father.

And, it seems the star’s routine touched Head Judge Shirley as she was left in tears.

As Ashley and Pasha awaited her comments, she could be seen clutching a tissue as she struggled to contain her emotions.

Shirley told Ashley: “Well I think today you spoke for everybody in the country who has ever lost somebody that they love.

“And, I also lost somebody and many other people have lost somebody.

“This was sincere. It was from your heart and purely danced from a beautiful.”

Ashley also began to tear up as Shirley continued: “And I’m so, so sad you’re dad is not here to see you but I know he would be proud of you.”

Ashley and Pasha were awarded 39 points for her routine from the judges and fans were not impressed.

Many viewers expected Ashley to be given four 10s but Craig only scored her a nine.

Taking to Twitter to comment on her score, one viewer shared: “Ashley deserved tens across the board for that dance. Craig is normally critical but fair, but he ought to have upped that nine to full marks. #Strictly.”

Another added: “Craig has given 10 for less perfect performances…. what is wrong with him.. really Craig!! Well done Ashley #Strictly.”

“For goodness sake Craig Ashley so deserved 10 what’s wrong with you #Strictly,” a third wrote.

Someone else shared: “So, she’s a professional dancer – even so Ashley and Pasha’s dance was something apart from the rest, but trust Craig to make a point #Strictly @bbcstrictly #StrictlyComeDancing.”

It came after bookmakers revealed they believed Ashley would be the first star to score 40 points.

Bookmakers OddsMonkey told “The race for the first 40-point haul looks to have Ashley’s name written all over it, she has come close twice.

“Bookmakers and Punters alike firmly believe she is the one who will see four 10s for the first time this series.”

Her odds of scoring 40 points were slashed to just 5/6 with Faye Tozer behind her with odds of 3/1.

However, Stacey Dooley is still favourite to be crowned this year’s winner.

Strictly Come Dancing continues tomorrow on BBC One at 7.50pm.