An ex-pro dancer from the show speaks out...
Is Strictly fixed? Ex-pro dancer James Jordan is claiming it is!
It’s one of our favourite weekend TV shows, but Strictly Come Dancing is embroiled in a scandal this week, as ex-pro dancer James Jordan has set out to prove that the show is fixed.
Many viewers were devastated this weekend when Claudia was voted off the show. The Olympic gymnast missed out on the chance to be in the final after losing to Danny Mac in the dance-off.
Although Claudia only narrowly missed the chance to get to the final, many felt that her quickstep routine should have guaranteed her a place.
One particularly outraged viewer of Sunday night’s Strictly was James Jordan. James, who is married to fellow former Strictly pro Ola, is adamant the show is fixed.
The former Strictly professional dancer had predicted that Claudia would not reach the final on December 10th. He explained at the time that this was due to the fact the show is ‘fixed’ to ensure all celebrities participating in the Strictly Come Dancing tour reach the final.
As Saturday night’s show played out, James explained how the judges scores are manipulated to favour the dancers the producers of the show want to see in the final.
The enraged dancer became increasingly frustrated, as he claimed the judge’s scores did not reflect the quality of the routines being performed.
Sports presenter Ore Oduba topped the leaderboard on Saturday night, something Jordan also claims was a fix in order to guarantee his position in the final. As twitter went into meltdown, James’ wife Ola simply tweeted, “I don’t even want to comment.” She added an emoji, to imply she was behind her husband.
While some of his followers criticized the dancer for having a personal grudge against Ore, the 38-year-old insisted that his opinions were strictly professional, and his criticism aimed at the judges and the show.
“Some people saying I don’t like Ore,” James tweeted. “I only comment on what I see, and am totally unbiased. I’m sure he’s lovely.”
When Claudia was voted off the show, and Jordan’s prediction came true, the former Strictly pro tweeted in fury at the judges. “This is so wrong!” he tweeted. Before adding, “such a shame, a great show but not fair.”
Finally, James concluded his flurry of tweets by stating that as the show was so clearly fixed, he would be no longer able to watch it. “I can’t watch something I feel is unfair” he stated.
BBC sports presenter Ore Oduba joins Hollyoaks star Danny Mac and singer Louise Redknapp in the final next week.
Each star will perform three routines next Saturday in the battle to lift the ‘glitter ball trophy’. Tune in at 6.45pm, on BBC One if you want to see who wins.
So, what do you think? Did the final three deserve to go through? Or, did you want to see Claudia in the final? Let us know by joining the conversation on our Facebook page!