Strictly Come Dancing viewers are calling for a change to the ‘distracting rule ruining Blackpool Week’.

Be sure to come dance Viewers have called on the BBC to end the inclusion of backing dancers during Blackpool Week.

The dance competition series returned to the Blackpool Tower Ballroom on Saturday night (November 19) after being unable to film in the town since 2019 due to the pandemic.

While usual Strict For weeks, the couples are the only ones on the dance floor during their competitive routines.

However, to fill the huge curved ballroom floor at the Tower Ballroom, the couples are joined by additional backup dancers who perform alongside them in their Blackpool Week routines.

During the show, viewers took to Twitter to share their frustration with the extra dancers, saying they “cluttered” the dance floor and distracted from the competing couple.

“The worst thing about #strictly Blackpool is the extra backing dancers. They are unnecessary and really draw attention to the celeb’s flaws while her partner can cover/compensate for them,” one tweet said.

“If only #StrictlyComeDancing in #Blackpool were just the pros and their partners. Why the backing dancers?” wrote another commenter.

One viewer said the dancers “ruined” the episode, writing, “The floor is too big. Makes everything seem small and far away. The other dancers are there to compensate and it’s a distraction.”

Another tweet read: “Every year I say it. There’s no need for the extra dancers in Blackpool, so distracting and too much.”

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Kym Marsh and Graziano Di Prima perform with dancers at the Blackpool Tower Ballroom


All couples were joined by the extra dancers, with Fleur East topping the leaderboard as she scored the first perfect 40 of the series.

But it was a high-scoring night across the board, with Helen Skelton receiving 39 points and Hamza Yassin, who opened the show, receiving 38.

Be sure to come dance continues on Sunday 20 November at 7.20pm on BBC One. Strictly Come Dancing viewers are calling for a change to the ‘distracting rule ruining Blackpool Week’.


JOE HERNANDEZ is a USTimeToday U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. JOE HERNANDEZ joined USTimeToday in 2022 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing

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