Strictly bosses deny ‘fix’ claims after statistics ‘showed nearly 50% of winners are BBC stars’
Strictly Come Dancing bosses have hit back at ‘fix’ and favouritism claims after statistics showed that nearly half of all the show’s winners were from the BBC.
The Sun reports that out of all the winners of the BBC series – which began in 2004 – 18 of them, or 44 per cent, have been celebrities who are on the channel’s books.
But a representative of the programme denied claims that BBC stars are more likely to reach the final, insisting that ‘the winner is decided by the public.’
Fix row: Strictly Come Dancing bosses have hit back at ‘fix’ and favouritism claims after statistics showed that nearly half of all the show’s winners were from the BBC (Stacey Dooley and Kevin Clifton winning in 2018)
It comes just days after Adam Peaty’s mother slammed Strictly and said she is ‘not buying the public vote’ after her son was eliminated.
During its 17-year run, Strictly has seen several mainstream stars lift the coveted glitterball trophy, including Stacey Dooley, Tom Chambers, Ore Oduba and Joe McFadden.
While EastEnders actresses Kara Tointon and Jill Halfpenny have also emerged victorious.
Statistics: The Sun reports that out of all the winners of the BBC series – which began in 2004 – 18 of them, or 44 per cent, have been celebrities who are on the channel’s books (Ore Oduba and Joanne Clifton winning in 2016)
Other winners connected to the BBC include Chris Hollins and Natasha Kaplinsky.
The publication reports that out of the 264 contestants in Strictly’s history, 102 of them – 39 per cent – have worked for the broadcaster.
However, a Strictly representative shut down the report, stating to MailOnline: ‘These statistics are misleading. The winner of Strictly is decided by the public vote.’
Not happy: Adam Peaty’s mother (pictured second from left) hit out at Strictly Come Dancing, claiming the show is a ‘total fix’ and she doesn’t buy the public vote
Sent home: Caroline Peaty took to Twitter and made the comments after her son and his professional dance partner Katya Jones were eliminated on Sunday
They wrote: ‘This isn’t the Olympics, it’s an entertainment show where people vote based on what they like. Someone had to go.
‘Adam’s been fantastic and achieved so much to get this far. You’re doing him a great disservice by calling it a farce and knocking the remaining contestants.’
Caroline replied: ‘Everyone is entitled to an opinion, I have watched this show for the first time and I have seen with my own eyes that the judging is not consistent or fair, not just with Adam either! And just so you know I am a kind person.’
A representative for Strictly Come Dancing declined to comment when contacted by MailOnline.
Representatives for Adam Peaty have also been contacted for comment.
Caroline tweeted: ‘Such an amazing partnership and Katya you have taught my baby boy to dance, thank you. Total fix and I’m not buying the public vote’
Reaction: One fan replied to Caroline to say that ‘someone had to go’ and she was doing Adam a ‘disservice’ by hitting out at the show