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Len, Darcy, Craig and Bruno
Well, not quite murder...but the stench of jealousy and spite surrounds the latest series of BBC’s successful Strictly Come Dancing. Allegations of fixing and manipulation in the scoring are being flung about, with ex-pro dancers and others taking a swipe at the way judges score the contestants. The suggestion is that “star” performers have been over-marked to assist the final result. The BBC, judges and contestants like Esther Rantzen (from the second series) and Peter Andre (voted off this week) have defended the show and its integrity.
In terms of audience figures Strictly is way ahead of its rival, Simon Cowell’s X-Factor and in keeping with media tradition, if it is successful tear it down! I do think that the show has moved away from the original premise that contestants were “non-dancers”, but those from a showbiz and stage school background will inevitably have had some kind of dance training and are most likely to score high.
That’s a little unfair on the genuine novice and there have been times when I, as a viewer, have wondered if the judges were watching the same performance! I did wonder about a couple of markings in this latest series, but I put that down to them being experts in their field, while I am just a mere mortal.
One story made much of the judges watching dress rehearsals on monitors backstage, but so what? It doesn't mean they are passing notes to each other, or that producers are whispering who they want kept in. Performers and judges can come and go, but the show is bigger than any of them. It has maintained its production values and, although the current series has not had the stellar contestants as previous series, some of the routines have been the best yet. We all have our own subjective views on performances and it is that which makes the show the hit it has become. Keep dancing!