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Strictly Come Dancing: BBC disputes Rachel Riley’s claim that show’s scores are ‘fixed’

The BBC has denied Rachel Riley’s claimsBe sure to come dance is repaired”.

Riley appearing in the Channel 4 series countdownIn 2014 she performed at the dance competition.

She was paired with professional dancer and husband-to-be Pasha Kovalev, and they were voted out in the fifth week.

The series was eventually won by Abbey Clancy dancing with Aljaž Škorjanec.

In a new interview with The timesRiley said the show, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, was “very produced.”

She also said that she thinks the producers “know right from the start who they want to recruit and the journeys they want to take different people on to get the balance right.”

Riley claimed that to accomplish this, “obviously they can correct the scores”.

However, the BBC has dismissed Riley’s suggestion in a statement: “This allegation is categorically false. The BBC has strict procedures and editorial guidelines regarding impartiality and Strict sustains all of this.”

Rachel Riley has claimed ‘Strictly’ is ‘fixed’

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Riley previously said she “needed cognitive behavioral therapy” after taking part on the show as she had post-traumatic stress disorder.

Speak with The mirror, she said: “If I heard the theme music, I would start reliving the experience. It was scary and annoying so I deal with not watching.”

Riley married 41-year-old Kovalev in 2019 and the couple have two children.

Elsewhere in the same interview, Riley addressed the “attacks” on JK Rowling following her comments on trans rights, suggesting the author’s backlash stemmed from her past defense of Jews and her criticism of former Labor leader Jeremy Corbyn.

https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/tv/news/rachel-riley-strictly-fixed-bbc-b2079807.html Strictly Come Dancing: BBC disputes Rachel Riley’s claim that show’s scores are ‘fixed’

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