Saturday 24 August 2019

‘It’s all a fix,’ claims Strictly’s Ola after she sensationally quits the BBC hit after ten years

Dancer Ola Jordan
Dancer Ola Jordan
Ola and James Jordan
Ola Jordan, centre, suffered a wardrobe malfunction when she was introduced by host Tess Daly, left, alongside her dance partner Iwan Thomas (Guy Levy/BBC) Newsdesk Newsdesk

Ola Jordan has opened up about her decision to leave Strictly Come Dancing and revealed that the show’s results are fixed by the judges on the BBC favourite.

The dancer has quit after ten years on the show and bashed producers for fixing the results and encouraging the judges to “manipulate” the leader-board.

“Some of the marking is way off,” Ola told The Irish Sun.

“People are over-marked and under-marked.”

Steve Backshall and Ola Jordan during the Strictly Come Dancing live show on BBC One. Guy Levy/BBC/PA Wire
Steve Backshall and Ola Jordan during the Strictly Come Dancing live show on BBC One. Guy Levy/BBC/PA Wire

“In my opinion they know how many votes people scored in the previous weeks and then they try and influence their position on the leader board. Why else would they over-mark someone.”

“All the pros talk about the marking together. We ask each other ‘What is that all about? Why are they trying to over-mark that person?’

“Someone could do a dance and mess up quite badly. Now I know that was a bad dance and there’s no way it’s an eight, but the judge says ‘That’s amazing’ and gives them an eight or nine and we go ‘What the hell’s going on?’

“If the show’s not fair, it takes the fun out of it. The leader board is very important. If someone is in the wrong place it puts them in massive trouble. People don’t appreciate how important it is. It’s not just the votes.”

The BCC has rubbished Ola’s claims and revealed that her accusations are “nonsense”.

The star revealed she has mixed emotions about leaving the BBC show which she won with Chris Hollins in 2009.

“I’ve been thinking about it for such a long time,” she said.

“It’s a huge thing for me as Strictly has been such a massive part of my life for so long and I’ve made so many great friends but it’s time to go.

“I don’t want to be part of the show if I’m just making up the numbers. I’ve been offered loads of incredible opportunities, including a tour with Arlene Phillips. I’m really excited about what the future holds,” she said.

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