Strictly Come Dancing 'receives complaints' over Bruno Tonioli 'groping' Shirley Ballas

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Strictly Come Dancing has reportedly received complaints over Bruno Tonioli 'groping' Shirley Ballas last week.

Flamboyant Bruno didn't hold back as the live shows kicked off, grabbing new judge Shirley as he spoke of Alexandra Burke's performance saying: “Touchy, feely, soft.”


Fast forward a week and now the BBC are said to be investigating complaints from viewers.

Around 20 people have apparently objected to the scenes, which works out at around 0.0002% of the 10.2 million audience form last weekend.

"Bruno’s behaviour was obviously meant to be harmless but a number of viewers didn’t see it that way at all," a source told The Sun newspaper. “The BBC has now received formal complaints and will be officially looking into them to decide whether Bruno’s behaviour was acceptable."

The insider added: “He obviously thought it was light-hearted fun, but you could tell Tess was shocked by her reaction. She looked completely aghast.

“Bruno is obviously a larger-than- life sort of character but a number of viewers felt that touching a woman’s chest like that even in jest sends out the wrong message.”

No doubt the BBC will be hoping Bruno keeps his hands to himself on tonight's latest live show.

The second of this year's Strictly Come Dancing live shows airs tonight Saturday, September 30 from 6:45PM.


As in past years, in the first week of Strictly live show there was no public vote and no eliminations - but the celebs' scores from the judges will carry forward to this weekend were one celeb will leave.

The results show will air on Sunday night, October 1 from 7:15PM.

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