Strictly Come Dancing's Brendan Cole has taken issue with some of the comments made about his celebrity dance partner Charlotte Hawkins after their Saturday night performance and has vowed they will "come back stronger". 

Despite the lowest score of the night - 12 - and judge Craig Revel Horwood describing their Cha-cha-cha as a "complete dance disaster", Cole and Good Morning Britain presenter Hawkins are through to this Saturday's show. 

Thanks to the public vote, they avoided the first dance-off of the series, which saw Holby City star Chizzy Akudolu lose out to comedian Brian Conley.

Reflecting on the routine, Cole wrote on Twitter: "I have a lot to say about last Saturday... here goes...

"It was definitely a tough night at the office & maybe the scores were just! What I object to is belitling [sic] someone who has worked hard and is clearly upset at the situation. I have no time for negativity when someone is down!

Brendan Cole - "I have no time for negativity when someone is down"

"It was obvious that things hadn't gone to plan and at that time you can be honest but constructively positive!

"This can be humiliating at the best of times and laughing at another's misfortune is disgusting and although Strictly is just an entertainment show, we invest time and emotion into it and therefore it matters to us who take part.

"We are not changing the world but we do care.

"That's all, rant over!"

This Saturday is Movie Week on Strictly, with the couples' dances and songs set to be revealed on Tuesday. 

Strictly Come Dancing, Saturday, BBC One, 6.35pm.