Former 'Strictly Come Dancing' professionals James and Ola Jordan have slammed Melvin Odoom's departure from the competition.

Ola and James Jordan

Ola and James Jordan

The former 'Xtra Factor' presenter and his professional partner Janette Manrara became the first couple to leave the competition last night (02.10.16) despite the fact that, for the first time ever, there was no dance-off because Anastacia - who is partnered with Brendan Cole - had torn her mastectomy scar and was unable to take to the floor again.

But the outspoken couple have hit out at the decision to base the elimination on the public vote, insisting the 'I'm Outta Love' hitmaker - who has battled breast cancer twice in the past - should have been the first celebrity to go home because of the circumstance.

Ola wrote on Twitter: "B******s! If you can't dance, you should be eliminated!"

And her husband insisted the decision could lead to other contestants exploiting the possibility of missing the dance off and leaving the public vote to decide.

He tweeted: "WHAT!!!! Totally disgusting If you can't dance in the dance off you should be the ones that leave WHAT A JOKE!!!

"SO!!! Whoever ends up in the dance off COULD fake an injury and go through to the next week on public vote without dancing BULLS**T!!!(sic)"

Anastacia insisted she was "devastated" at being unable to dance.

She said: "I danced on Saturday even though the doctor had advised me to rest after I ripped the scar tissue around where I had my double mastectomy. After that I was unable to dance again and I was devastated that I couldn't take part in the Dance Off. I am so very sad to see Melvin and Janette go, they are the most the most wonderful pair and I will miss Melvin's unique spirit and beautiful smile."

And Brendan was also upset to see the couple depart.

He tweeted: "Sorry to see @Melvinodoom & @JManrara leave, especially under such circumstances. Wishing my partner @AnastaciaMusic a speedy recovery (sic)"