Strictly Come Dancing voters will be offered refunds after fiasco
Strictly Come Dancing voters will be offered refunds after the BBC received thousands of complaints when two couples tied last weekend.
Angry viewers bombarded the broadcaster with angry calls after three couples were allowed to go through to this weekend’s final.
The controversy was sparked when former S Club 7 singer Rachel Stevens was awarded the same score as TV presenter Lisa Snowdon by the judges, which meant that no matter how much public support he received, Holby City actor Tom Chambers could not be saved from the dance-off.
According to the Metro, viewers sent 1,687 emails and made 193 calls of complaint at the decision to let all the couples stay.
A statement from the BBC said it worked with an independent adjudicator to decide the fairest way to tackle the controversy. Powers that be decided that contestants’ scores will be carried over to next week, and will be disclosed on a leader board at the beginning of next Saturday’s show.
This is the first time voting figures for the couples have been made public.
Once one pair is eliminated, the two remaining couples will start from scratch for Sunday’s final.
A BBC spokesman said in a statement: ‘We have worked in consultation with the production team, the remaining contestants and an independent adjudicator to determine the fairest outcome. During this process, fairness to the viewers who voted and the contestants themselves has been the guiding principle.
‘The BBC recognises that this has been an unprecedented situation and would like to thank viewers and the contestants for their understanding.’
He added: ‘We will be offering refunds to anyone unhappy about their votes in the semi final who would like to be reimbursed for their calls. Details for how they can do this will be available on the Strictly Come Dancing website from Tuesday and on the usual BBC audience service numbers.’