Greg Rutherford adds fuel to Strictly Come Dancing 'racism' claims

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Greg Rutherford has waded into the Strictly Come Dancing 'race row'.

Following the exits of Naga Munchetty, Tameka Empson and Melvin Odoom in the first eliminations of the series, there have been claims of 'racist voting'.

"Racist Strictly strikes again!!" one of the many messages posted online on Sunday night read.

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

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Now remaining Strictly contestant Greg Rutherford has added fuel to the fire and said racism couldn't be ruled out of the results.

“I would love to believe that it is not racism at all and I really hope it’s not," he told The Sun. “I honestly don’t know though because I can’t ask every person watching but I would like to believe that it isn’t because that wouldn’t be right.

“I hope people are voting based on their performance.”

However earlier this week, Strictly judge Bruno Tonioli slammed any suggestion of racism.

"The so-called 'racism row' over Melvin, then Tameka leaving is ludicrous," he told Best magazine. "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.

Janette Manrara, Melvin Odoom
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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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