Strictly is 'fixed' says former contestant Joe Calzaghe

Tuesday November 17, 2009

More controversy from the land of reality television shows this weekend...

After injured athlete Jade Johnson was granted a reprieve from performing on Saturday's Strictly Come Dancing, former contestant Joe Calzaghe claims the programme is "fixed."

The boxing champion and his dance partner turned girlfriend Kristina Rihanoff left the show on week five after the judge's unanimous decision to vote them off.

But the sportsman claims his exit was a direction from producers.

"I know it's down to something I said about Craig Kelly," he says.

"It was worse than a swear word. They were really angry with me."

"So you can say it - Strictly Come Dancing is a fix. We shouldn't have gone out so early."

In response, a BBC spokesperson said claims that the show is fixed are "ridiculous".

"The judges base their opinion on the quality of the dancing," he added.

Photo: BBC

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