Melvin Odoom defends Strictly Come Dancing over racism claims


Melvin Odoom has defended Strictly Come Dancing 2016 over claims of racism.

It was EastEnders star Tameka Empson who left in last Sunday night's Strictly Come Dancing results after dancing off against Laura Whitmore.

The surprise departure led to another flurry of claims that Strictly viewers are racist, coming a week after Melvin's controversial exit last weekend.

One of many comments online read: "Strictly Come Dancing is so racist...I say this every year, and it's the same every year."

However Melvin has hit out at the suggestion, telling The Sun newspaper: “If there was a racist issue we wouldn’t be there in the first place."

He explained: “I think it’s got nothing to do with that. I think people are just trying to find a story to make out of nothing essentially."

Speaking about the first two eliminations, Melvin went on: “Do you know what? The thing is, every single person on that show is amazing. Whoever leaves, it’s going to be a story."

The Kiss FM DJ explained to the tabloid: "For me it was quite hard that dance-off because I worked with Laura Whitmore years ago at MTV. And Tameka, I just loved. She was the funniest person on the show.

“So that dance-off for me was like, whoever loses, it’s going to be a terrible outcome and I think every single week you’re going to be sad to see someone go.”

While some have been very vocal in claiming Strictly racist, others also suggested that whatever the result, some would be complaining.

"Melvin went out so Strictly is racist but if Anastacia went out they'd be xenophobic," one viewer commented, no doubt very accurately.

Strictly returns to BBC One this Saturday and Sunday night.

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