Wednesday 7 December 2016

Actress Helen George weighs in on Strictly 'fix' debate: 'It's tv...there has to be drama'

Published 27/12/2015 | 13:33

Aljaz Skorjanec and Helen George have been eliminated from Strictly Come Dancing (BBC/PA)
Aljaz Skorjanec and Helen George have been eliminated from Strictly Come Dancing (BBC/PA)
Helen George and Aljaz Skorjanec during a dress rehearsal
Helen George and Aljaz Skorjanec during a dress rehearsal for Strictly Come Dancing (BBC/PA)
Helen George arriving at the launch of Strictly Come Dancing 2015 in Hertfordshire. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday 1st September, 2015. Photo credit should read: Ian West/PA Wire

Actress Helen George has described Strictly Come Dancing as a "controlled" tv programme.

  • Go To

The Call The Midwife star featured on the current season of the smash BBC  dancing programme, which saw The Wanted's Jay McGuinness take home the mirrorball trophy this season.

Outgoing dancer Ola Jordan alleged the show as a "fix", similar to its ITV Saturday night rival The X Factor, which is regularly plagued by fix rumours.

But George said she "wasn't privy" to any insider information,

Helen George arriving at the launch of Strictly Come Dancing 2015 in Hertfordshire. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday 1st September, 2015. Photo credit should read: Ian West/PA Wire
Helen George arriving at the launch of Strictly Come Dancing 2015 in Hertfordshire. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday 1st September, 2015. Photo credit should read: Ian West/PA Wire

"It is a dance show and a television show so there has to be drama and it has to be somewhat controlled for it to fit the format," Helen told The Sun. "I don’t know what happened and I wasn’t privy to it."

George said she enjoyed her time on the show, but the gruelling schedule meant she felt relief when she was eventually voted off.

"It is TV and it is a show and I enjoyed my time on it. I was quite tired as well. It was quite nice to go home and sit on the sofa for a couple of days. Georgia did a lovely dance and they asked me to do certain things in the final in the dance off and I felt I did those and I felt it just didn't go my way on the night."

However, judge Len Goodman hit back at the allegations saying he has always voted honestly and never been asked to tweak a verdict.

Helen George and Aljaz Skorjanec during a dress rehearsal for Strictly Come Dancing (BBC/PA)
Helen George and Aljaz Skorjanec during a dress rehearsal for Strictly Come Dancing (BBC/PA)

"11 years I've done this show and never has a producer come up to us and said, 'Mark this person up a bit, we want them to stay in'. They never interfere with our integrity, they never tell us what to say, we are not scripted to say this or that.

"We just come out, say what we see and give a score and I totally understand sometimes I'll give someone a seven and millions of people sitting at home will say that's a nine. It doesn't make it right or wrong, it's taste and that's how dancing works. I do hope we can draw a line under this now."

Online Editors

Read More

Promoted articles

Editors Choice

Also in Entertainment