Strictly Come Dancing's new spectacular live show has been CANCELLED

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Strictly Come Dancing's new summer spectacular live show has been cancelled.

It follows controversy over 'outrageous' costs for the event, originally due to be held in London in June.

Announced only this month, Strictly Come Dancing: The Spectacular was touted as an event that would allow fans to get up close to their favourite professionals, the judging panel and the hosts.

Ticket holders were promised 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 just a few weeks after announcing the show, it has been cancelled.

A spokesperson for the BBC said today: "Our Strictly Live Tour remains incredibly popular but demand for Strictly Come Dancing : The Spectacular has not been as strong as we had hoped so we’ve taken the difficult decision to cancel it. We are sorry for any disappointment caused and ticketholders will be refunded."

A statement on the official website added: "All customers will receive a full refund for the cost of their tickets. See Tickets will begin processing refunds for all online and phone orders immediately.

"We are sorry for any disappointment caused as a result of this decision."

The costs of show had made headlines with tickets for adults starting at £70 and then there were additional fees for pictures with the stars of the show.

Photos ranged from £15 – £27 for a professional picture 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.

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

“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.”

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