The first time that a celebrity dancer was voted off BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing, has pitched the show into a racism storm.
There was much consternation among viewers after Melvin Odoom was denied a ‘dance-off’ to save him in the competition.
The TV and radio presenter had received the least viewer votes but he couldn’t be saved by the judges as Anastacia pulled out of the ‘dance-off’ due to injury.
The Mirror Online reported that she had had a meltdown backstage and was refusing to carry on.
The line from Strictly bosses was that she had suffered an injury during rehearsals and this had been aggravated by her performance in the show.
The US singer 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.”
Viewers were not buying this though and blasted the show for being ‘racist’.
It was claimed that Anastacia was saved due to the colour of her skin.
Obviously, these are very serious accusations from viewers at home, which are sure to be refuted.
A Strictly Come Dancing spokesperson said about the situation: “There was no Dance Off tonight due to a confirmed injury.
“As per the Strictly Come Dancing rules if the Dance Off cannot go ahead then the result reverts to the viewer vote.”