Is there a Strictly Come Dancing conspiracy? Judges accused of 'fixing' marks


Strictly Come Dancing has been accused of 'fixing' the judges marks to keep Ore Oduba in.

Some viewers have suggested there was a conspiracy to get rid of Claudia Fragapane in last night's show because she hasn't signed up to next year's tour.

All three of the remaining finalists - Ore, Danny Mac and Louise Redknapp - will be on the line up of next year's arena shows.

Former Strictly pro James Jordan tweeted during Saturday's show: "My halfway predictions for the final. Claudia is the only person not doing the Strictly Tour. Bye bye Claudia"

And he was proved right come Sunday night's results.

“I’ve said for the last eight weeks that they’ve tried to push Ore," James went on to tell The Sun newspaper. "I don’t know why — maybe because he’s a BBC presenter?

“It’s clearly wrong. His dance was definitely not a ten, I would have given him a nine. The best dance of the night was performed by Claudia. Her quickstep was faultless yet she’s bottom of the judges’ leader board."

“Ore has been in the bottom two a couple of times so the only people saving him is the judges," James concluded.

Viewers also weren't impressed with the judges' ranking of the dances on Saturday, which helped decide who stayed and who was in the dance off.

"The judges would score Ore 50 for just walking if they could," one of many irate viewers quipped.

A spokesperson for the BBC said in response to the claims: “Each judge scores each dance independently, based on its merits and in their expert opinion.”

And a Strictly source added: “The BBC has no interest in orchestrating a winner or dictating who the finalists should be and ultimately the public will choose their winner next weekend.”

Strictly Come Dancing 2016's final airs next weekend on BBC One on Saturday night.