Strictly Come Dancing FIX? BBC hit back over claims show 'is a set up'

Will Young and Karen Clifton

Strictly Come Dancing bosses have hit back at fix claims following this weekend's launch show.

Former pro dancer James Jordan had accused Strictly producers of favouring certain pro dancers, namely Karen, Joanne and Kevin Clifton

“The producers have been trying for years to get one of them to win,” he wrote in a string of messages on Twitter. “Did anyone notice some pros always get celebs that have had loads of dance training. Not fair on other pros. Not been challenged."

James went on to say of Kevin and Louise Redknapp's pairing: "I really like Louise but she is already an amazing dancer and also was a judge on SYTYCD [So You Think You Can Dance] judging pro dancers. Final for sure!

And he added of Karen's celebrity partner: “Will Young has also had lots of dance experience..... Lots.”

A spokesperson however hit back in a statement to the Daily Star newspaper: “This claim is complete and utter rubbish. Pairing of celebrities with the professional dancers is based on many factors and designed to give the celebrities the best possible experience on the show.

“It’s the public who decides the winner, not the producers.”

And a Strictly insider told the newspaper: “Here we go again. It’s so sad that James is so bitter and twisted about Strictly.

“He needs to get over the fact he’s no longer part of the show.”

Strictly Come Dancing returns to BBC One later this month for the first live show.

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