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Dancing With the Stars and Strictly Come Dancing Dance-Off

Are We About to Have a Dance-Off Between Strictly Come Dancing and Dancing With the Stars?

A Twitter discussion between two choreographers has sparked a (good-natured) battle between Strictly Come Dancing and its US counterpart, Dancing With The Stars. Following the spectacular movie-themed episode of Strictly, the show's choreographer Jason Gilkison tweeted his thanks to the team for their ability to continually "push the boat out". Sir Matthew Bourne responded to agree, stating that Dancing With the Stars "just does not compare on any level."

Unsurprisingly, this resulted in some very mixed reactions, especially from the professional dancers involved in the two shows. Artem Chigvintsev, who's danced on both, jumped in to chastise Sir Matthew for his barbed comments, and he made a very good point.

Bourne quickly apologised for any offence caused, but the damage was done.

Luckily, the majority of the US pros responded not with anger, but with humour, like Peta Murgatroyd's pointed pic . . .

And Witney Carson's gif . . .

Valentin Chermovsky joked that while the UK may be Bourne's favourite, the US probably has better catering.

UK pro Neil Jones was quick to agree.

But it was DWTS pro Mark Ballas (whose mum Shirley is a judge on Strictly) who really spotted the opportunity here. He suggested this was settled the most appropriate way: on the dance floor.

That's one ballroom we want tickets for! Christmas special, perhaps?

Image Source: Getty / Karwai Tang
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