Jamelia has blasted Strictly Come Dancing as being a ‘fix’ after she was eliminated from Sunday’s show.
If you remember, her and Peter Andre were in the dance-off together, before Jamelia was booted out.
But now, the 34-year-old singer is claiming that the standing ovation for Pete that we saw on the show never actually happened, and that BBC bosses fixed it to make it look like he had performed better on the night.
Speaking about the standing ovation he apparently received, Jamelia said: ‘The honest thing is, he didn’t. But on the show he did. I love Peter and he has tried so hard and he is a brilliant dancer, maybe the jive wasn’t for him.’
‘I do think there has been a huge backlash, a lot of people on Twitter raving about him, saying he should go home’, she continued during a chat on Loose Women.
‘But Pete is not behind the decision making process and I don’t think he should bear the brunt of any of this.’
A BBC spokesperson has now responded, saying: ‘Following Peter’s performance in the dance off, for which he received a standing ovation from the audience, continuity shots were taken during a break in filming to reset the dance floor.’
‘These extra opportunities to capture audience reaction are standard practice in recording TV shows of this nature’, the statement to Mail Online read.
Jamelia isn’t the first star to hit out at the show, either. Ola Jordan also accused it of being fixed earlier this week.
As a professional dancer, Ola has been a part of the show for 10 years. But before Saturday night’s show, the 33-year-old took to Twitter to announce she was leaving.
She kicked off with the message: ‘Hi tweeps…. So, yes it’s true. I will be leaving Strictly at the end of this series.’
She then sent out a series of messages, shedding some more light on her decision: ‘I have had an amazing 10 years on the show, but things change and I feel it’s time for me to move onto other things…
‘I love Strictly and have met some amazing people and made some great friends who I will miss massively I am so grateful to the show for what it has given me.’
She then turned her attention to her fans, dedicating the following message to them: ‘I also want to thank all of you for your continuous support throughout the show. You will never know how much it means to me I love you all.’
She signed off with the tweet: ‘Sometimes in life you have to take a step backwards in order to keep moving forwards. Lots of love Ola xxx’
The news comes just as her interview with The Sun hit headlines, as she claims that the judges rig their scores in order to keep specific contestants on the show. We must point out that show bosses have flatly denied this claim.
Ola revealed to the publication: ‘People are over-marked and under-marked. In my opinion they know how many votes people scored in the previous weeks and then they try to influence their position on the leaderboard.
‘If the show is not fair, it takes the fun out of it.’
A spokesperson for the BBC has branded these claims as ‘nonsense,’ adding: ‘Any suggestion that the scores are ‘fixed’ is nonsense.
‘Each judge scores each dance independently, based on its merits and in their expert opinion.’
As Strictly is such a loved show, we’re sure that this shock departure will sadden many.