Strictly stats show BBC employees ‘50% more likely to reach final’

Plus the biggest scandals in the dancing world

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by Eden-Olivia Lord |

Strictly Come Dancing has once again found itself at the centre of fix claims after recent research showed the former or current employees of the channel is airs on - The BBC - were up to 50% more likely to reach the final.

The research was undertaken when Olympic swimmer Adam Peaty and his dance partner Katya Jones were booted ahead of Musicals week after coming bottom of the leader board and competing in the dance off against Tilly Ramsay and Nikita Kuzmin following the public vote.

Adam's mum Caroline Peaty made her feelings known about the judges choosing to save Tilly over Adam, saying, "Total fix and I’m not buying the public vote.

"I believe in fairness, it’s frustrating when you can see from the start that it isn’t, that is all. 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 new research conducted by The Sun has revealed that of the 264 contestants in the show's history, 102 - that's 39% – have worked for the Beeb.

Recent winners include BBC documentary maker Stacey Dooley, EastEnders stars Jill Halfpenny and Kara Tointon.

Over the years there's been a lot of drama surrounding Strictly Come Dancing; from the infamous Strictly curse that's made and broken relationships, to allegations of drugs and fix claims, we've heard it all.

Let's not forget the times Anton Du Beke made a racist comment, James Jordan accused the show of having a favourite contestant and there's even been bullying claims.

As the BBC's hit dance show continues, let's examine the times the show has come under fire.

Check out: the biggest Strictly Come Dancing scandals


Strictly Come Dancing: The biggest scandals in the dancing world - STACKED

Ola Jordan
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Ola Jordan had been on Strictly since the fourth series in 2006 but in 2015, she quit.In an interview with The Sun, the professional dancer hinted that the show was fixed, "Some of the marking is way off. People are over-marked and under-marked."All the pros talk about the marking. We ask each other, 'What is all that about? Why are they trying to over-mark that person?'."However, a spokesperson for the BBC denied Ola's claims as "nonsense" and said, "Each judge scores each dance independently, based on its merits and on their expert opinion."

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In April 2016 a doctor claimed that he had given enhancing drugs to 150 sport stars – including two Strictly dancers.However, a BBC spokesperson reportedly said, "In the absence of any evidence or further information being presented to us, we will not be commenting."

Anthony Ogogo
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The professional boxer who was second out of the competition told The Sun, "I didn't think that the BBC would put us [himself and his dance partner Oti Mabuse] together because we're black or mixed race."I honestly thought they would spread the minorities around."

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In 2015 when Jamelia and Peter Andre were in the bottom two, Jamelia was voted off by the judges even though she received a higher score that him.After leaving the competition Jamelia claimed that the show was fixed. Appearing on Strictly's spin off show It Takes Two the singer said, "I think we did a great last dance."But it wasn't until they re-recorded Pete's standing ovation, I'd say that was the moment we knew we were going home."

James Jordan
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Jamelia isn't the only person who thought the show was being bias to Peter, professional dancer James Jordan also tweeted, "I love Peter but I wonder if he will open or close every show? Fairness."Peter left the competition in week 10 – the week after Jamelia's exit.

Anton Du Beke
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Back in 2009 the BBC received complaints after Anton said to his dance partner Laila Rousaa, "Oh my God, you look like a P---."This came after he reportedly asked Laila, "You're not a terrorist, as you?" after finding out that her father is Moroccan and her mother is Indian.Anton apologised and explained, "Laila and me have strong personalities and she gives as good as she gets."I must say immediately and categorically that I am not a racist and that I do not use racist language."There was no racist intent. I apologise unreservedly for any offence my actions might have caused."Footballers' Wives star Laila accepted his apology and said, "I'm really enjoying the show and dancing with Anton and hope we can go as far as possible in the competition."

Bruce Forsyth
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Following Anton Du Beke's offensive comment, Bruce Forsyth stepped in and defended his co-star. At the time he said, "We used to have a sense of humour about this. "You go back 25, 30, 40 years and there has always been a bit of humour about the whole thing."However he later backtracked and said in a statement, "To be absolutely clear, the use of racially offensive language is never either funny or acceptable."

Gemma Atkinson and Simon Rimmer
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In 2017 there were rumours flying around that two contestants had a one night stand. Later on after fans accused Gemma Atkinson and Simon Rimmer of being the culprits, they laughed off the rumours with the chef tweeting, "Gemma is like a daughter to me and has become a friend of all my family. I think it's funny."

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There was a bit of controversy surrounding Anastacia and Melvin Odoom in 2016 when they both fell into the bottom two.Because the America singer had a scar tissue that rupture she was unable to take part in the dance off which meant Strictly had to turn to the public votes. Unfortunately Melvin received the lowest amount of votes and was sent home but fans were left furious.Anastacia went on to speak about the incident on Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two and said, "I didn't want to have to injure myself but with a Dance Off, you just don't know what to do. "It's all a bit confusing... I totally thought I was going to go. I mean, [Melvin] lives here, I'm an American. Who knows her? "So when they called my name, it just was the worst. I wanted him to go through because I couldn't dance."

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Vick Hope and her dance partner were booted off Strictly Come Dancing 2018 following their dance off with Seann Walsh and Katya Jones. However after leaving the show, she hinted that the judges decision may have been fixed.On her radio show, she explained, "We had to have a dance off as well – it was very strange – so after the dance off, then the judges have to give their decisions."But there was a bit of a conflab with some producers and then they gave their decisions, and it was just stunned silence in the studio, it was a really weird atmosphere."She also said that Shirley Ballas 'relished' in giving her negative feedback. Her comments were pretty harsh to be fair.

Danny John-Jules
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In 2018, Danny John-Jules was repeatedly forced to defend himself after a string of allegations that he had been bullying his dance partner, Amy Dowden – to the point she was often left in tears, and told bosses she couldn't cope. Despite putting on a united front, rumours continued to swell, and when they were booted off the week following the scandal Danny reportedly refused to have anything more to do with the show.Reports were substantiated the next day. Due to appear on spin-off show 'It Takes Two' with Zoe Ball, Danny "decided not to join" dance partner on the sofa for their exit interview, leaving a tearful Amy to do it alone – wishing him only the best, of course.

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Finally, we can't ignore the fact that the majority of scandals surrounding the BBC One show is because of the alleged Strictly curse. There's been far too many relationship break ups during or after celebrities take part in Strictly Come Dancing.


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There's been so much drama on Strictly but we have to admit one of the biggest storms of recent surrounded Katya Jones and Seann Walsh. Despite the professional dancer being married to one of Strictly's choreographers and the comedian being in a long-term relationship, they were spotted KISSING in the streets of London.

Following the scandal they both apologised and branded it a 'drunken mistake', with Katya adding, "I love my husband and we are very happy together, this is not a reflection on our relationship."

Seann was publicly slammed by his now ex-girlfriend in a fierce post shared on Twitter.

Katya and Neil Jones have since split.

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