Shirley Ballas has urged the Strictly Come Dancing stars to “show some sensitivity” by not promoting their shows as war wages in Ukraine. The Strictly judge made the unexpected plea on her Instagram story earlier today (Saturday, February 26), as the third day of Russian invasion is underway in Ukraine.
Like many others watching around the world, Shirley was clearly affected by the shocking news stories emerging from the war-stricken country. And Strictly judge appeared to be at a loose end with other stars of the show, as she told them “you don’t need to promote yourselves every single day.”
In a heartfelt message on her Instagram story, the 61-year old dancer urged the other Strictly stars their business “can wait.” She urged them to instead “show some support” for the people and families currently being impacted by the war waging in Eastern Europe, by putting their promo on hold for the time being.
In the post, Shirley wrote: “Dancers please, just for a few days show some sensitivity towards the suffering in Ukraine.. You don’t need to promote yourselves, your shows, competitions and teaching every single day…”
Shirley went on: “Your colleagues, students, competitors and their families are in the middle of a shocking war and need your support… YOUR business can wait. Show some respect. We are one family…” Her message was accompanied with several ‘broken heart’ emojis and a ‘prayer hands’ emoji.
It is unclear which of the show’s dancers Shirley had directed her message at. Rose Ayling-Ellis, the 2021 Strictly champion, yesterday shared a two-part Instagram story sharing two different charity appeals in support of Ukraine, including a Red Cross appeal.
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