And boy, aren't they?
Dixon has been attacked in the most vicious way - called 'vacuous' and 'clueless' on the Sunday Mirror front page, 'rubbish' in the Mail - as if people are thinking she's some murderer rather than just a JUDGE ON A DANCING PROGRAMME.
There seems to be a new sport of character-assassinating Dixon and it's not a nice one to watch. If you don't like her, don't watch the show. Otherwise, leave her alone.
Unsurprisingly, Amanda Platell uses her column to stick the knife in too, although when she criticises someone else for making
even starting to rival the legendary ignorance of Jade Goody
you can't help but see the irony.
But then Platell comes up with a very curious phrase:
we want a critical, intelligent, well-informed assessment of the performances, not the judging equivalent of being licked by a chocolate labrador.