The proof that Strictly Come Dancing really isn't racist

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Strictly Come Dancing 2016 is again facing cries of 'racist voting', but data suggests it's not true.

It was Naga Munchetty who left Strictly Come Dancing 2016 this week after appearing in the bottom two for the first time.

Almost as soon as the result was announced, the racism claims hit Twitter, with Naga leaving after both Tameka Empson and Melvin Odoom.

"Racist Strictly strikes again!!" one viewer complained.

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"the racism is strong in this one #Strictly" another added.

"#strictlyracist strikes again," a third fan posted following tonight's results.

However the stats from the show's past 13 series prove otherwise.

Radio Times have crunched the numbers to show that in fact, non-white celebrity contestants last longer on average than white competitors.

Almost two-thirds made it past the halfway point and just six were eliminated in the first three eliminations of their respective series.

And while a lot of noise is made about those that leave early, many non-white competitors go on to make the final.

Louis Smith and Alesha Dixon both won the show while Denise Lewis, Colin Jackson, Ricky Whittle and Natalie Gumede have been crowned runners up.

Last week saw Melvin speak out to support the show and dismiss the complaints of racism.

He told The Sun newspaper last week: “If there was a racist issue we wouldn’t be there in the first place."

Strictly Come Dancing 2016 results
Strictly Come Dancing 2016 results

The Kiss FM DJ 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."

Strictly airs Saturday and Sunday night on BBC One.

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