Strictly's Tilly Ramsay forced to sit in corner by Nikita Kuzmin
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Earlier this week, a string of accusations made in a report via Daily Mail claimed that BBC executives were desperate for Tilly Ramsay to reach the final so that they could “poach her dad” Gordon Ramsay.
Kevin Clifton, on the other hand, begs to differ.
They’re in the dance-off
The dancing professional took to his podcast The Kevin Clifton Show to comment on some of the things he had read about Tilly and how producers are allegedly pushing Gordon’s daughter to win the show, or at the very least make it to the final.
He was responding to a fan question about this when he hit back: “They’re in the dance-off.”
The 39-year-old argued against claims of favouritism behind the scenes.
“And on a week when there’s more 10s coming out, Tilly and Nikita got three 7s.”
His sister and co-host Joanne Clifton then added: “They’re not just keeping her in to get her dad on, they’re keeping her in because she’s good.”
Kevin’s reaction to the supposed fix claims come just days after the BBC was accused of putting certain contestants at the forefront of the competition to reach the final next month.
Tilly was only claimed to be going through week-to-week because of her famous dad, who has supported his daughter by regularly showing up to the live tapings on the weekends.
But apparently, it’s not just the viewers who’ve gotten the impression that the latest series of the competition show is fixed; it’s also the contestants.
“There’s a feeling that there’s some blatant favouritism going on here – that they are pushing Tilly to win, or at least get to the final because they want to nick her dad,” a source told Mail Online.
“Then you have the issue of the all-male couple, which is just the dream of certain people involved with the show for John and Johannes to pick up the glitterball. And as for AJ, she is adored.”
Express.co.uk has contacted the BBC for comment on this.
Despite the fix claims, Gordon has already worked with the BBC on Bank Balance and Gordon Ramsay’s Future Food Stars.
The public vote is also crucial in deciding who remains in the competition and who gets sent home, which means viewers ultimately have the final say on who they want to be saved, rather than the BBC or the judges.
Of course, if Tilly does end up making it to the final, it would strongly contrast bookmaker Coral’s odds that the Londoner could be the next star eliminated from the contest.
The odds have taken a drastic slump for Tilly and her dance partner Nikita Kuzmin, with the numbers currently standing at 6-4 for them to be the next couple to receive the boot.
The pair are just behind Dan Walker and his dance partner Nadiya Bychkova at 5-4.
Currently, the bookies predict McFly frontman Tom Fletcher is the viewers’ favourite to win the show along with EastEnders star Rose Ayling-Ellis, even though she and Giovanni Pernice ended up in sixth place last week.
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This isn’t the first time BBC bosses have been accused of “fixing” the results show this season.
Adam Peaty’s mother Caroline Peaty recently took to her Twitter account to slam the programme before going on to insist that she “doesn’t buy the public vote” after her son had become the sixth contestant to be eliminated from the ballroom.
Shortly after Adam’s exit, Caroline told her followers on Twitter: “Such an amazing partnership and Katya you have taught my baby boy to dance, thank you.”
“Total fix and I’m not buying the public vote,” she continued.
Strictly returns tonight at 6.40pm on BBC One.
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