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Gethin Jones: 'Strictly Come Dancing scandal has got out of hand'

Gethin Jones thinks the miserable British weather has fuelled the controversy surrounding this year's series of Strictly Come Dancing.

Gethin Jones has waded in to the Strictly Come Dancing race row.

The BBC show has been hit with claims of racism after Kiss FM DJ Melvin Odoom was first voted off the show, followed by newsreader Naga Munchetty and EastEnders actress Tameka Empson.

However, It Takes Two co-host and former contestant Gethin has denied there has been any racial discrimination, telling The Sun newspaper of the controversy: "I think that’s all just a bit of madness that’s got out of hand. You can’t blame the show because it’s a public vote.

"The judges have been fair with their scoring. Then you have the voters at home doing their thing. Someone’s obviously voted for Ed Balls for entertainment over Tameka. You just don’t know what people are voting for."

Gethin also speculated that the weather could have contributed to the scandal, adding: "At the moment we’re a little bit cynical and down  on people. I am convinced it’s Seasonal Affective Disorder. If the sun was out, everything would be great."

The controversy began when Melvin was voted off after Anastacia was given an out from the dance-off following an injury, meaning the exit was determined solely by the public vote. It was then fuelled by viewers accusing BBC bosses of not giving Tameka the same treatment - making her compete in the dance-off despite also having suffered an injury.

Tameka revealed during an interview after her exit that producers were well aware that she was hurt, and doesn't know why they didn't acknowledge it.

"I don’t know why they didn’t mention it, because everyone knew that I was injured," she told Heat magazine. "The show knew – I didn’t hide my injury and I had a lot of physio. I didn’t want to play the injury card because I just wanted to go out there and perform. And I thought I gave a good performance."

Meanwhile, appearing on ITV's This Morning last week (ends16Oct16), Anastacia denied that Tameka has held a grudge against her for the way things panned out.

"I don't speak for her but we've talked and there is no situation between us," Anastacia said. "She was proud to do the dance-off and has not been comparing herself to me."

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