Strictly Come Dancing judge Bruno Tonioli slams claims of racism

Bruno Tonioli

Strictly Come Dancing judge Bruno Tonioli has hit back at accusations of racism aimed at the show.

It was Naga Munchetty who left Strictly Come Dancing 2016 this week after appearing in the bottom two alongside Anastacia.

As usual, both couples performed their routines again in the dance off for the judges, who voted unanimously to save Anastacia and Brendan Cole.

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 of the many messages read.

"#strictlyracist strikes again," another added following the results.

But in an interview with Best magazine, Bruno hit back at the suggestion.

"The so-called 'racism row' over Melvin, then Tameka leaving is ludicrous," he told the publication. "This series is so competitive every vote makes a difference.

"If you don't vote you can't moan when someone you love leaves.

"It's like Brexit - vote, don't get upset after the horse has bolted!"

The viewpoint has been shared by Melvin, who was the first celeb to get the boot this year.

The Kiss FM DJ told The Sun newspaper last week: “I think it’s got nothing to do with that [Racism]. 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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