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Simmonds trolled for Strictly performance

Ellie Simmonds dancing with Nikita Kuzmin on Strictly Come Dancing
Ellie Simmonds dancing with Nikita Kuzmin on Strictly Come Dancing Image credit: walesonline.co.uk

Ellie Simmonds has received online abuse after appearing on BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing.

The former paralympian previously expressed concerns about not scoring any points and facing the dance-off in the popular TV competition.

Simmonds, who has achondroplasia dwarfism, wowed the judges in the first show, shown last Saturday September 24, but she was trolled after the programme with comments about the height difference between herself and dance professional partner Nikita Kuzmin.

The 27-year-old, who is 4ft, admitted the online bullying has knocked her confidence.

Simmonds told The Sun: “I’ve had it already. Some people have said, ‘How’s the dwarf going to dance?’ It’s sad and it does get to you.

“When I got the call, I did wonder whether I should do it. Then I thought I’d do a leap of faith. You don’t know until you try.”

Giving a positive message out to fans of the show Simmonds added: If I can do it, people watching can, too.”

“If only I had this as a child, ­watching someone with dwarfism on a ­dancing show… It’s amazing for disability ­representation and ­moving forward.”

The athlete put in an amazing performance on Saturday waltzing away with 26 points for the Cha Cha Cha.

The Strictly judges were impressed with Simmonds’ moves on the floor.

Anton Du Beke said: ‘You powered across the floor, you went, ‘OK, here we go, have some of this.

“Your side-by-side work was great, your timing was excellent. It was good.”

Craig Revel Horwood said: “I have to agree with Anton, the timing, your attitude, the rhythm, your isolation. It was excellent,” agreed Craig Revel Horwood.

Motsi Mabuse added: “I absolutely love this team. What I love is this focus, you understand what the dance was about. Allow yourself to enjoy it even more. I loved it.”

Strictly Come Dancing is on BBC One, Saturdays, times vary and available afterwards on BBC iPlayer.