Belfast Telegraph

Strictly stars happy for BBC to keep voting figures private as they prepare for finale

Earlier this year judge Craig Revel Horwood called for the data to be released.

Strictly Come Dancing finalist Debbie McGee has revealed she agrees with the BBC’s policy on not releasing voting figures for the hit show.

The radio presenter and former magician’s assistant will take to the dancefloor alongside fellow celebrity finalists Gemma Atkinson, Alexandra Burke and Joe McFadden on Saturday night.

All four of the finalists said they were happy for the percentages each couple had received in the public vote not to be released, with McGee saying it may leave some contestants “upset”.

Asked what the celebrities thought of the BBC’s policy at a press conference ahead of the final, the 59-year-old said: “I don’t think it would be fair on people to release the voting figures because it would make some people feel really unpopular.

“I don’t see why we need to know as long as you know you get through,” she added.

Holby City actor McFadden echoed her comments, adding: “It’s sort of irrelevant.

“The important thing is that you’re still here, it doesn’t really matter about numbers.”

Strictly Come Dancing contestant Joe McFadden (David Mirzoeff/PA)

Earlier this year, judge Craig Revel Horwood called for the figures to be released “to stop any talk of the show being fixed”, in an interview with the Radio Times.

“But if one celeb gets 13 million votes and another gets two votes, it might not go down well,” he added.

A BBC spokeswoman said: “Releasing voting figures could affect the way that people vote and also have an impact on the participants.

“We therefore do not disclose the exact voting figures.”

All four celebrities and their professional dance partners will take to the floor three times each on Saturday night’s grand final in a bid to win the show’s 15th series and the prized glitterball trophy.

Each couple will perform a dance picked by their judges, a previous routine of their choice and a brand new showdance.

Craig Revel Horwood (Jonathan Brady/PA)

McGee and partner Giovanni Pernice will perform a salsa to Boys Town Gang’s Can’t Take My Eyes Off You for their judges pick and showdance to One Day I’ll Fly Away by Vaults.

Burke and Gorka Marquez will dance an American Smooth to Wouldn’t It Be Lovely from My Fair Lady and showdance to Ethel Merman’s There’s No Business Like Showbusiness.

McFadden and Katya Jones will Viennese Waltz to Somewhere My Love from Dr Zhivago and showdance to Hall and Oates’ You Make My Dreams.

Debbie McGee and partner Giovanni Pernice (Guy Levy/BBC/PA)

Atkinson and Aljaz Skorjanec will paso doble to Coldplay’s Viva La Vida and showdance to Show Me How You Burlesque by Christina Aguilera.

The couples’ own choice of dance is being kept a surprise until the live show.

:: Strictly Come Dancing’s grand final airs at 6.30pm on BBC One.


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