Strictly Come Dancing is one of the biggest TV shows on the BBC but it’s not been without its controversy when it comes to the public vote.
Now the scariest judge of them all Craig Revel Horwood has told BBC bosses to make voting figures public to squash the fixing accusations.
Every week, the public gets to vote for its favourite stars and the couple with the fewest votes gets booted off.
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But a string of shock eliminations and even more shocking winners has led some to claim there’s something fishy going on behind the foxtrot.
Back in November, during the last series a technical glitch on the voting phone lines meant viewers weren’t receiving confirmation of their choice on their mobiles.
Presenter, Claudia Winkleman had to make a very awkward announcement live from the Blackpool Tower ballroom.
She said: “Now due to a technical issue tonight you may experience some difficulties hearing the confirmation message when calling to vote from your mobile.
“However, don’t worry your vote will still have been successfully counted and you will still have been charged.”
But viewers were also struggling to vote online with many taking to Twitter to voice their concerns.
One viewer wrote: “So for the first time ever I try and vote on #Strictly and the call has failed every time!”
Another said: “I’m trying to vote online…BBC not letting me!”
There were claims it was the BBC’s way of hiding the fact that it was scuppering underdog Ed Balls’s chances of lifting the glitterball.
One angry fan tweeted: “Can’t hear your vote confirmation on #StrictlyComeDancing ?’Technical fault’ 100% a Blackpool fix to make sure the right one wins #Strictly.”
Now Craig Revel Horwood has told the Radio Times: “I only wish they’d make the figures from the phone vote public, to stop talk it of it being fixed.”
But he did admit there might be a good reason why producers don’t want the stats made public.
He said: “If one celeb gets 13 million and another get two, it might not go down well.”
Former Strictly dancer Ola Jordan made fix claims in November 2015, shocking fans, when she quit the show.
She said judges were giving competitors silly scores to keep them in the competition.