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'Mind went blank' Strictly's Will Mellor apologises after co-star 'pushed him too hard'

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Strictly Come Dancing favourite Will Mellor had a mixed reaction from judges, after his hip-swivelling enthusiasm was praised, but his technical performance was criticised.The former Coronation Street villain confessed that his mind "went blank", as pro dancer Nancy apologised to him for pushing him "too hard".Even worse, he endured trolls on Twitter telling him he should be removed from the performance altogether.The verdict from the judges after tonight's effort was that the 46-year-old heart-throb needed to "work on his performance".Shirley Ballas had previously praised his hip movements on Celebrity Juice - before he'd so much as signed up for the show - but her feedback this evening wasn't all positive, as she told him he was "making mistakes".Will dismissed errors in his footwork, including standing on Nancy's foot, as being caused by "nerves".Nancy then apologised to him, admitting to the audience: "I push him really hard...

I just want to get the best out of him! Sorry I pushed you too hard!"However, a blushing Will responded that he welcomed her pushing him to his limits.He also gave a shout-out to 14-year-old daughter Renee, who had been watching him avidly.Meanwhile, Motsi Mabuse spoke out in defence of him, exclaiming: "You're not a professional, this is not a professional show!"Her comments came as Twitter trolls accused him of having an unfair advantage on the show due to claims of past dance experience.Kym Marsh was criticised harshly for the same reason, although she insisted her past "didn't count", pointing out that she had been in pop group Hear'Say for less than a year, and had left it all behind more than two decades ago.Meanwhile, Will has denied having any professional experience, insisting that he.

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