Over the last few years, Strictly Come Dancing has been plagued with accusations and rumours that the popular BBC show is fixed.
As well as some speculation from the general public and fans of the show, former professional dancers have also spoken out about their suspicions that there might be something going on behind the scenes.
Speaking in 2015, professional dancer on the show Ola Jordan said, “Some of the marking is way off. People are over-marked and under-marked.
“As a dancer, you can’t cheat me. I know who has been over-marked and who has been under-marked.”
Speaking out this week, judge Craig Revel Horwood aired his frustrations at the repeated accusations that the dancing show is fixed.
“I only wish they’d make the figures from the phone vote public, to stop any talk of the show being fixed,” he told the Radio Times.
Revel Howrwood believes that if the public vote is transparent, and people know exactly how many votes each dancing duo received, then rumours that the show was fixed would finally be laid to rest.
Currently the fate of the dancing couples is decided by a mixture of the judge’s scores, and a secret public vote.
However, the Strictly judge does also concede that by making public the votes, other issues and potential dramas may arise.
“But if one celeb gets 13 million votes and another gets two votes, it might not go down well…” he added.
Acknowledging another recent Strictly rumour, that there was already tension rising between the judges following the appointment of new head judge Shirley Ballas, Craig dismissed any speculation that he was sore after not being promoted to head judge following Len Goodman’s departure.
“It would have been wrong for me because I would have had to become a smiley mediator which isn’t in my nature,” the 52-year-old explained.
“Besides, you don’t get any more money. Anyway, it’s best that it’s someone viewers have no pre-conceived ideas about, unlike Anton or Brendan.”