BBC's Strictly blasted as a 'farce' as results leak online hours before elimination show

BBC's Strictly blasted as a 'farce' as results leak online hours before elimination show

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Alex Davies

By Alex Davies

Published: 15/10/2023

- 10:15

The latest Strictly star to be booted from the contestant has been identified online

Strictly Come Dancing fans appear to have grown tired with the current format of the show after the identity of Week Four's eliminated star emerged online prior to the results show.

Each week, the remaining Strictly stars are tasked with performing their routines for the judges during Saturday's live show.

However, fans don't normally get to discover who's been eliminated until the following evening in a pre-recorded results show.

The results and dance-off are recorded shortly after Saturday's live show finishes and the results of the public vote are counted, meaning there are almost 24 hours between the recording and it being aired on the BBC.

As such, the Beeb has been susceptible to leaks for quite some time now with "Strictly Spoiler" accounts often sharing the identity of the eliminated star on X, formerly known on Twitter.

And Week Four of the 2023 series was no different, although it's safe to say many were still disappointed to see the result on social media prior to its TV reveal.

Layton Williams

Layton Williams topped the leaderboard with his Cha Cha


"@bbcstrictly continuing to pretend it’s on tonight - what a farce," one fan fumed in response to the spoiler online. "Also, with it takes two which records tue and Thu shows on a Mon and Wed."

A second sarcastically poked fun at the format as they weighed in: "Now, they’ve got to all wait there until 7pm on Sunday evening for the results. [eyebrow-raised emoji] @bbcstrictly #StrictlyComeDancing #strictly."

While another shared their frustrations at the result: "Not often I've said this since Strictly began but I'm very disappointed with the result tonight.

"Didn't seem like a level playing field after what happened last week," they added before a fourth weighed in: "Surprised one of the two was in the dance off!"

"Good decision but still sad," a fifth added as they discussed the identity of this week's unlucky dancing superstar.

GB News has decided not to publish the identity of this week's eliminated Strictly contestant.

Heading into Week Four, exclusive data obtained by GB News suggested it may be a bad week for Eddie Kadi - reflected in the fact he and Karen Hauer finished second-bottom of the leaderboard with a score of 24 on Saturday night.

And while Nigel Harman fans will undoubtedly have been elated to have seen him finish second behind Layton Williams on the leaderboard, his routine had already irked a number of viewers after they claimed "favouritism" was going on given his dance choices.

Angela Rippon and Kai Widdrington's Rumba

Angela Rippon and Kai Widdrington's Rumba went down a storm on Saturday night


In the end, the evening belonged to Williams and his partner Nikita Kuzmin after they scored a leaderboard-topping 37 for their Cha Cha.

In fact, Williams was awarded a 10 for the routine from Motsi Mabuse - the earliest 10 awarded for a Cha Cha in Strictly history.

Paralympic champion Jody Kundy failed to impress at the other end of the leaderboard, however, propping up the table with 19.

Other highlights from the evening include Angela Rippon and Kai Widdrington's show-stopping Rumba which earned them a score of 31 as well as Adam Thomas receiving his highest score of the series so far (32) thanks to his Waltz.

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