Strictly Come Dancing: 'Talk about putting your foot in it!': Shirley Ballas suffers awkward blunder as she praises Paralympian Jonnie Peacock's Quickstep

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He dazzled with his 'light and bright' Quickstep, which scored him an impressive 24 points from the judges.

But despite her high praise, Shirley Ballas managed to make an epic gaffe during her critique of Jonnie Peacock, on Saturday night's Strictly Come Dancing.

Head - Judge - Paralympian - Step - Jonnie

The new head judge, 57, told the Paralympian that he had a 'spring in his step' - leaving both Jonnie, who has a prosthetic leg, and viewers in awkward laughter.

The Olympic gold medallist had wowed with partner Oti Mabuse, as they leaped across the dance floor to Stevie Wonder's Part Time Lover.

Routine - Praise - Judges - Shirley - Comments

The routine was met with high praise from the three judges, but one of Shirley's comments in particular soon caught attention, in the studio and on Twitter.

She told the 24-year-old: 'You bring a whole new meaning to putting a spring in your step. It was light, it was bright...'

Laughter - Audience - Paralympian - Jonnie - Leg

With awkward laughter erupting in the audience, Paralympian Jonnie - whose leg was amputated aged 5 after contracting meningitis - was quick to quip back playfully: 'Excuse the pun!'

Realising her mistake, the brunette immediately placed a hand to her mouth, and said to Darcey in embarrassment: 'OK, I've said something wrong again you know what I mean!'

Viewers - Twitter - Epic - Shock - Amusement

Viewers took to Twitter to address the epic gaffe - venting their shock but also their amusement at the incident.

One kicked things off by writing in disbelief: '"You have a spring in your step ?!!" Shirley to Johnnie Peacock !!'

'Shirley - Isitok - Jonnie - Spring - Step

As another added: 'Shirley!! #isitok to talk about Jonnie having a spring in his step. Talk about putting your foot in it. Her face after lol'

A further viewer was quick to praise Jonnie's reaction, chiming in: 'Shirley, not thinking...
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