Strictly Come Dancing bosses deny marks are being 'fixed' by the judges

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Strictly Come Dancing 2016 bosses have denied fix claims aimed at the judges.

It follows accusations of undermarking at the weekend following Saturday night's live show.

Danny Mac and his pro partner Oti Mabuse danced the Quickstep to 'I Won't Dance' by Fred Astaire on Saturday and once again enjoyed nines from all four judges.

But they were bettered by Ore Oduba and his dance partner Joanne Clifton who performed the Jive to 'Runaway Baby' by Bruno Mars.

Danny
Danny

They scored the first tens of the series and a near perfect total of 39 points out of 40, with only Craig Revel Horwood not awarding a ten.

Craig remarked: "The game has finally changed, you are the one to beat. I hope Danny Mac was watching that because he's got a big load of competition."

On Twitter and some fans accused the judges of undermarking Danny for what they felt was an equally good dance.

"Surely Danny & Oti deserved some 10's for their QS? That was FAB" one viewer wrote online.

"Danny and Oti undermarked in comparison," another agreed.

Another suggested: "Nah mate Ore was overmarked and Danny was undermarked that's not ok"

According to The Sun newspaper, the show's judges had in fact 'handicapped' Danny's scores because of his past performing experience on the West End.

An insider accused: “There’s definitely some handicapping going on because he just gets nines and it puzzles everyone why they’re not tens. It’s the only way they can make it fair.

“Craig giving him a seven was just ridiculous and proves the point. Ore’s dance was really good, but everyone thought it wasn’t better than Danny’s paso doble last week.”

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However a spokesperson for the show insisted that there wasn't any sort of fixing going on with the marks.

They said: “Each judge scores each dance independently, based on its merits and in their expert opinion."

Strictly Come Dancing is back next Saturday and Sunday night on BBC One.

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