McFly’s Tom Fletcher and Amy Dowden were the latest couple to leave the BBC show Strictly Come Dancing during Musicals Week
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Strictly Come Dancing host Tess Daly’s comments about Rhys Stephenson’s mistake have sparked a rather unusual conspiracy theory among viewers.
Fans of the show believe Tess points out Rhys’ mishap may be over an attempt to avoid BBC bias.
The hosts do not usually point out anything wrong with the performance, but this week Tess made an effort to say that Rhys made a mistake twice after his Jive this week.
But because Rhys works for CBBC, viewers think it may be because some believe the judges favor those who work for the TV channel.
One viewer said: “I wonder if Tess feels the need to mention Rhys’ mistake is a knee-jerk reaction to anyone who says Strictly favors BBC people.”
Another wrote: “Tess, it is not your job to point out their mistakes,” and a third said, “Leave it to the judges.”
Another added, “Since when did Tess start throwing participants under a bus?”
Rhys and his professional dance partner Nancy Xu danced a Jive to Footloose by Kenny Loggins for the musical week.
After the dance, Tess said, “There was a small mistake, but they loved it over there. I know you’ve had a hard week in training. Anton, bore that mistake, has the hard work paid off?”
The pair managed to score 32 points out of 40 possible, but still ended up in the dance against McFly’s Tom Fletcher and Amy Dowden.
A study by Sun showed that eight BBC stars have won the show in the 18-series.
This includes Stacey Dooley, Ore Oduba and Chris Hollins as well as Holby City actor Tom Chambers.
A BBC spokesman said earlier: “These statistics are misleading. The winner is decided solely by the public vote.”
Judge Anton Du Beke also rejected any correction claim and said it would be ‘pointless’ to correct the result.
He told the Daily Express: “In terms of everything else, the BBC does not care who wins or who does not win because they are interested in making a great TV show.
“The judges do not care who wins and who does not, for I can not say to you, ‘my favorite was Dan Walker,’ because you will say to me, ‘you do not know what you are talking about,’ he has obviously not danced better than AJ [Odudu] last weekend ‘, let’s say. “
He went on to say that he would lose all his credibility if he did not mark the celebrities based on their achievements.
He added: “So it’s all a bit of a pointless exercise to fix it.”
Because of Rhys’ job as a CBBC host, it is believed that he will keep all his performances family-friendly.
A source told Mail On Sunday that there is a ‘concerted effort to keep Rhys’ performance clean.
They said: “The routines are tame compared to other participants because bosses are aware that a lot of young children watch Strictly, especially when they catch up with them, and it would not be great to see the guy they associate with their own programs, become sexual.
“PG is what his dances are about.”
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