The Strictly Come Dancing professional faces backlash after her 'rauchy' rumba with Simon Webbe…

They’re one of our favourite Strictly Come Dancing duos, but this weekend Blue‘s Simon Webbe and partner Kristina Rihanoff narrowly missed out on elimination, and critics have been quick to brandish ‘siren’ Kristina as the reason why.

Reports have emerged saying viewers staged a backlash against the Serbian dancer, due to her ‘barely there’ outfit and because she is ‘too raunchy’ for the TV.

Throughout the past few weeks there’s been talk of Kristina – who previously dated contestant Joe Calzaghe – being too hot for our screens.

And although she rarely put a foot wrong on the dancefloor, her flirtatious behaviour has been called into question numerous times, most recently when it was claimed she has a hand in the marital breakdown of former dance partner Ben Cohen.

Now, everyone is entitled to his or her opinion, but we think the trolling Kristina‘s been victim to is totally unjust. Her and Simon were dancing the rumba for goodness sake and we’ve seen some far skimpier outfits than the gold cut-out number she had on for the Top Gun themed routine!

In fact, even judge Darcey Bussell commented saying, ‘There has to be a sensual feeling all they way through [a rumba],’ and from where we were sitting, Kristina and Simon did just that.

Yes, her incredible hip rolls were mesmerizing – and far better than Simon‘s – but they were fighting for their spot on the show. We think it’s about time people cut her some slack and stop the Kristina hating for a moment.

And it seems fans on Twitter agree: ‘To all those err “retentive numpties” complaining about ‪@KRihanoff on ‪#scd saturday eve. Err grow up. Get a life. It was a rumba ffs…’, one wrote. While another said, ‘What’s with all this woman hating?’

And we couldn’t agree more! In fact we’ve all got a bit of a girl crush on Kristina, 37, in the Now office.

‘Big thank u to those who believe in ‪@simonwebbe1 and I and voted for us,’ the dancer wrote on Twitter following the show. ‘We are trying our best. So thankful for your support guys.’

What do you think? We’re off to practice our rumba rolls in protest!

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Lydia Southern