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Monday 20 October 2014

Harmer: X Factor feels more staged

Dani Harmer says there are no sob stories on Strictly Come Dancing

Dani Harmer has said Strictly Come Dancing is beating rival show The X Factor in the ratings - because the singing contest "feels staged".

The Tracy Beaker actress boasted that BBC One show Strictly has "brilliant people on the programme" who are "true to what we are".

She told Digital Spy: "I think X Factor's kind of gone in a different direction. It feels a bit more staged, whereas we're true to what we are on Strictly.

"We know that it's camp and it's shiny and glittery, and I think people like to watch that on a Saturday night because of all the crap that's going on in the world now, recession and all that rubbish."

She added: "It's nice to watch something that takes you to a different world almost. And there's no kind of sob stories or anything like that, it is what it is. We're just going out there and trying to dance and making idiots out of ourselves sometimes."

Meanwhile, Strictly Come Dancing favourite Denise Van Outen says her professional dance partner James Jordan has been struggling with their latest regime.

"We are dancing to Walk Like A Egyptian and have to do all these head moves. He looks like a pigeon," she said.

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