Strictly Come Dancing 2016: Craig Revel Horwood slams racism claims

Strictly Come Dancing 2016 - Judges Craig

Strictly Come Dancing judge Craig Revel Horwood has hit out at claims of racism on the show.

This year Strictly viewers were accused of 'racist voting' after the first three celebs to leave were all non-white.

But Craig declared this week: ""The colour of someone's skin doesn't explain anything."

He told the Radio Times magazine: "As far as I'm concerned, popularity and how familiar a celebrity is to the viewers is all it comes down to [in the first few weeks].

Janette Manrara, Melvin Odoom
Janette Manrara, Melvin Odoom

"In the dance-offs, Melvin was up against Anastacia; Tameka against Laura; Naga found herself in the bottom two with Anastacia.

"The colour of someone's skin doesn't explain anything. Prove it and I might listen to what the tabloids have said about it. But I don't think the public vote on that basis, and as far as the judges are concerned, the better dancer is always the one that goes through."

And while defending Strictly, Craig went on to say that the decision not to have a dance off in week one was the right one.

Melvin was sent home based on the public vote alone after Anastacia was ruled too injured to dance.

"His exit had nothing to do with Anastacia being injured and unable to dance," Craig said. "You can't force someone to dance on an injury, can you? It was absolutely the right decision."

Craig's comments echo those from Melvin himself, who also rubbished the idea of 'racist voting' from viewers.

Strictly Come Dancing 2016 results
Strictly Come Dancing 2016 results

“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," the Kiss FM DJ said.

Speaking about the first two eliminations, Melvin previously told The Sun newspaper: “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 continues this Saturday and Sunday night on BBC One.

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