Claudia Fragapane and AJ Pritchard speak out over Strictly 'fix' claims


Claudia Fragapane and AJ Pritchard have responded to claims of a Strictly Come Dancing 'fix' against them.

The Olympian has yet to score a perfect 10 for any of her dances despite many viewers thinking she's been more than deserving.

"9's for Claudia & AJ??!!! That routine & performance deserved 10's, so fixed!!!" one viewer complained after last Saturday night's show.

Another Strictly fan added on Twitter: "Seriously, judges of @bbcstrictly, why are you under marking #claudia and #AJ? That Argentina tango was worth more than 9s, #Strictly #fix"

Claudia Fragapane, AJ Pritchard
Claudia Fragapane, AJ Pritchard

Sunday night's results show saw the judges quizzed on their marks, with the audience cheering in support of Claudia scoring a perfect 10.

But Darcey Bussell defended her 9, saying that she wanted to see more connection between Claudia and pro partner AJ.

A spokesperson for Strictly Come Dancing denied any sort of 'fix'.

They said: "Any suggestions that the scores are fixed is complete nonsense. Each judge scores each dance independently, based on its merits and in their expert opinion."

Speaking about the controversy on It Takes Two, AJ said: "I loved it, it was an amazing week. I was so proud of Claudia, she danced perfectly and it was the best we'd ever done it on the night and I couldn't have asked for anything more.

"The judges were the judges and they did their marks, we loved and the audience obviously loved it and supported it."

Claudia admitted: "I did find it tricky and I did say to AJ right at the start can you help me get into that acting mode.

"Being a gymnast, I'm in that focused mode all the time and I don't show any emotion on the face. It was really, really hard at the beginning and throughout the whole series now I feel so much more confident and now it's all thanks to AJ."

This week Claudia and AJ Salsa to ‘I Just Can’t Wait To Be King’ from the Lion King and are seriously hoping for that first ten.


"The couple of lifts we're doing in the middle are pretty insane," AJ said. "Then the finale lift, that is scary.

"I throw her in the air, catch her like a forklift, flip her upside down but her head doesn't hit the floor, then reflip her and catch her."

Strictly airs live tonight at 7PM on BBC One.