A BBC spokesperson has confirmed recently that “Strictly Come Dancing” 2015 judges can access monitors hours before the live performances of the contestants.
However, it was reportedly not intended to over-mark certain performances or to influence votes.
Instead, the purpose was to help the judges – Len Goodman, Bruno Tonioli, Craig Revel Horwood, Arlene Phillips, Alesha Dixon, and Darcey Bussell – prepare their comments together with the show’s assistant producer.
“They do this together, with an assistant producer, so they can start thinking of comments and ensure they are suitable before the watershed,” the BBC spokesperson said via Mirror.co.uk report.
The spokesperson clarified that no one was trying to influence the judges’ opinions in “Strictly Come Dancing” 2015 as well as any of the scores they give on the night of the performances.
However, a source reportedly told The Sun that the show’s judges use this opportunity to over-mark certain dance numbers; thereby, saving some of their favorites from leaving the show.
“If there is someone they want to keep in, who is scoring low with viewers, they could mark them high and keep them in,” the source said.
The source also revealed that judges have actually watched the competitors’ routines hours earlier, together with a producer who likely had knowledge of the voting figures.
Ola Jordan previously revealed that dance competition was “fixed.” She claimed judges try to influence a pair’s position on the leader board.
Jordan said she has observed a bad dance given a score of eight.
“No I know that was a bad dance and there’s no way it’s an eight, but the judge says, ‘That’s amazing’ and gives them an eight or a nine and we go, ‘What the hell’s going on?’ Jordan told The Sun.
Jordan also said other dance professionals knew it, but chose not to speak out for fear of losing their jobs.
Ola Jordan went on to say “Strictly Come Dancing” 2015 has been unfair and has taken the fun out of it.
A BBC spokesperson, however, took Jordan’s accusations as “nonsense” and said judges give scores independently based on the live performances.
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