Viewers have branded Strictly Come Dancing a fix after a technical glitch caused voting problems online on Saturday night.
Fans of the show hit out after Alex Scott and her partner Neil Jones were the latest to depart the dance floor on Sunday – narrowly missing out on a spot in next week’s semi-finals.
Claudia Winkleman addressed the problem at the start of the programme: ‘Apologies if you had experienced any problems voting online on Saturday night.
Out! Alex Scott is the latest celebrity to depart the dance floor in Strictly Come Dancing 2019. The bottom two pairs were footballer Alex and her pro partner Neil Jones [L] and Chris Ramsay and Karen Hauer [R]
‘There was a technical problem but our independent verifier has confirmed we have a fair and valid result.’
Facing the dance off was Alex, 35, and her pro partner Neil, 37,- who performed their Samba to Joyful Joyful from the musical Sister Act – and Chris Ramsay and Karen Hauer – who danced their Foxtrot to Consider Yourself from the musical Oliver!
Viewers hit out on Twitter, after seeing Alex and Chris in the dance off.
Final twirl: Alex and her pro partner Neil performed their Samba to Joyful Joyful from the musical Sister Act
One wrote: ‘Nobody should have left this week. Voting was a mess. This series of Strictly has been the worst yet’.
Another fan of the show added: ‘Seems that #Strictly have found a way to get public vote to match up with judges. Turn off voting for a while on Saturday night. Merry Fixmas everyone.’
A third chimed: ‘So the one week online voting “has a glitch” and the two most popular are suddenly in the bottom two?’
‘Someome please explain, if there was a technical problem with the voting on strictly, how can there be a fair result??’, a fourth viewer typed.
‘It’s a fix!’ Viewers hit out on Twitter, after seeing Alex and Chris in the dance off
‘So online voting not working last night – first 2 through both BBC employees……’, tweeted another fan.
After both couples had danced a second time the judges delivered their verdicts with a split vote.
Craig Revel Horwood chose to save Alex and Neil, commenting: ‘I really loved the refreshing fusion of this particular dance and the fact that the dance was performed very, very well and the couple I’d like to save is Alex and Neil.’
Motsi echoed: ‘I have to be honest, I have to say this is one of the most difficult things I have had to do for a long time, you were both great, I enjoyed it, I’m going to save Alex and Neil.’
Bruno Tonioli chose to save Chris and Karen. He said: ‘Well it’s very hard and at this stage it’s going to get even harder but purely based on what I saw tonight I firmly believe that the stronger overall more convincing powerful entertaining couple is Chris and Karen.’
Head Judge Shirley Ballas also chose to save Chris and Karen.
‘Well again this is a very, very difficult decision. Both couples danced extremely well and for me it’s going to go personal taste, and I’m going to go with the couples that I felt had the most content and more powerfully entertaining and therefore I am saving Chris and Karen,’ was her judgement.
Shirley’s is the deciding vote and so her decision was final.
When asked by Tess Daly about her time on the show, Alex said: ‘I’ve been a fan of Strictly forever so to even be here and dance here every week. I’ve loved every moment and I have to thank everyone, and everyone behind the scenes to make this show work.
When asked by Tess Daly about her time on the show, Alex said: ‘I’ve been a fan of Strictly forever so to even be here and dance here every week. I’ve loved every moment and I have to thank everyone, and everyone behind the scenes to make this show work’
‘I’ve literally lived out another dream I had football and then this chapter. I have to thank my dancer partner, he’s incredible. Thank you to everyone.
‘I’m proud of the whole process, I’m proud of the struggle and I’m proud that people got to see me. Thank you for having me.’
When asked about Alex, Neil said: ‘I’ve been so lucky because I got a partner. And, I got you, you were the best. You were so good. She’s taught me so much.’
Sunday’s Results show opened with a performance from British soul icon Beverley Knight accompanied by the fantastic Strictly pros. There was also a guest performance from Tony Award-winner and Broadway superstar Idina Menzel.
The remaining four couples will take to the dancefloor next week when Strictly Come Dancing returns for the semi-final.
The show airs on Saturday 7 December at 7PM with the results show on Sunday 8 December at 7.20PM on BBC One and BBC iPlayer.
Nearly there: The remaining four couples will take to the dancefloor next week when Strictly Come Dancing returns for the semi-final