Strictly Come Dancing stars under fire for charging fans for photos

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Strictly Come Dancing's stars have come under attack for charging 'outrageous' amounts for a picture.

The controversy comes after the BBC announced a new live show, Strictly Come Dancing: The Spectacular which will launch in June and allow fans to get up close to their favourite professionals, the judging panel and the hosts.

Strictly fans will be given the opportunity to experience a Strictly at the ExCeL London from June 22 until June 25.

Ticket holders will be treated to an exclusive 90-minute theatre show, dance lessons with the professionals, celebrity interviews, a catwalk fashion show, and a costume exhibition from the world of Strictly.

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Strictly judge Craig Revel Horwood said: "'Strictly Come Dancing : The Spectacular' is a dream come true - a fun-filled day that gets you as close as possible to some of the biggest names in 'Strictly...' Plus, I'll be there to reveal a few never-before-mentioned secrets and chatting about my favourite moments of the show. I can't wait to see you there, darling!"

However the costs of show have taken some fans by surprise.

Tickets for adults start at £70 and there are additional fees for pictures with the stars of the show.

Photos range from £15 – £27 for a snap with one of the hosts, judges or past celebrity contestants.

A superfan wanting the most of the experience would be paying out nearly £400 to see everyone scheduled to appear at the event.

A spokesperson for the BBC defended the charge in a statement: "These are not selfies – they are professionally taken photographs with the visitor receiving a glossy print.

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“Charging for these opportunities is standard practice to manage demand and our prices are lower than what is usually charged for a photograph with onscreen talent.”

“We’re expecting over 30,000 guests – it’s not possible to offer them all a free photo opportunity – there simply wouldn’t be time.”

Tickets for the Strictly Spectacular go on sale at 9am on March 1, 2017 priced at £70 for adults and £35 for children from www.strictlyspectacular.com

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