Strictly Come Dancing Is Criticised For ‘Awful Sound’ Issues During First Show

Viewers were quick to tweet about the BBC dance contest on Saturday night...

Strictly Come Dancing is back.

With a whole new celebrity line-up, the first episode of this year’s series broke records, with viewing figures hitting a reported 9.3 million (a record for a Strictly launch show).

But there was one aspect of the show which caused a little confusion – and quite a bit of backlash – amongst viewers on social media.

Yup. Apparently Twitter users were quick to point out ‘sound problems’.

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During the opening show, one user wrote: ‘What’s with the sound on #Strictly ? Presenter and judges sound like they’re underwater chewing gravel…’

Another jumped in: ‘Thought it was just me who had sound problems with the #Strictly launch show but apparently not.’

Other reactions included:

According to, the technical issues were so great that BBC bosses are investigating.

A spokesperson for the BBC said: ‘We are aware of a technical problem with sound on last night’s show and are looking into the cause.’

Daisy Lowe

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This isn’t the first time that a BBC show has been criticised for its sound quality.

The director of BBC content has previously said: ‘It is incredibly hard to get to the bottom of where things go wrong.

‘It’s often several circumstances and it’s quite hard to isolate if there is one particular problem.

‘It is often several different problems coming together. Sound is a very exact science.’

Well, here’s hoping that it’s fixed in time for the next SCD instalment this weekend, eh?