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Emmerdale actress Lisa Riley has become the latest celebrity to throw her support behind Strictly Come Dancing star Helen Skelton.
Countryfile presenter Helen and her dance partner Gorka Marquez topped the leaderboard on Friday's quarter-final (December 2) and bagged their best ever score.
The pair bagged a whopping 39 points out of 40 from the judges with their fiery Couple's Choice routine to Mein Herr from Cabaret.
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Soap star Lisa was blown away by Helen's performance and decided to heap praise on the TV presenter after the routine.
Lisa, who plays Mandy Dingle in Emmerdale, told Helen she has the "nation behind [her]" in a heartwarming post on Twitter.
She wrote in her tweet: "Dearest @HelenSkelton you knocked that out the park FULLY!!!! You truly are the epitome of true, real, honest, strength!!!
"You now have the nation behind you [clapping emojis] you deserve this babes [heart emojis] @bbcstrictly #StrictlyComeDancing [star emojis] STAR!!!!"
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It comes as some baffled fans criticised judge Craig Revel-Horwood for not handing Helen and Gorka 10 points for the dance, which would have given them a perfect 40 score.
One fan complained: "Fabulous and should have been a 40, bl**dy Craig", with a second agreeing: "She was amazing craig been very horrible with that 9 lol"
A third added: "I can’t stop thinking about Helen Skelton’s dance on #StrictlyComeDancing.
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It was a proper TV ‘moment’ & I don’t think I’ve seen a better dance than that in its history. I will never forgive Craig for that 9, because it deserved way more than 10s!"
Some eagle-eyed fans have hailed it Helen's 'revenge' dance as the presenter appeared to throw up a subtle 'middle finger' during the routine – even Gorka's fiancée Gemma Atkinson loved it.
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They clearly thought Helen was sending a strong message to her rugby player ex-husband Richie Myler.
Helen announced she'd split from Richie in April and that he'd left the family home, which was four months after they'd welcomed their baby daughter Elsie Kate, their third child.
It has also been revealed that Richie is expecting a baby with his new girlfriend Stephanie Thirkill.
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