Friday 15 December 2017

Jamelia claims Strictly shots of Peter Andre receiving standing ovation for dance off were faked

Jamelia and Tristan MacManus (at left) and Janette Manrara and Peter Andre (at right), during the Strictly Come Dancing results show in Blackpool. Photo: Guy Levy/BBC/PA Wire
Jamelia and Tristan MacManus (at left) and Janette Manrara and Peter Andre (at right), during the Strictly Come Dancing results show in Blackpool. Photo: Guy Levy/BBC/PA Wire
Tess Daly (left) with Jamelia and Tristan MacManus. Photo: Guy Levy/BBC/PA Wire
Jamelia and Tristan MacManus performing their final dance during the Strictly Come Dancing results show in Blackpool.
Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

Singer Jamelia, who was eliminated from Strictly Come Dancing on Sunday night, has claimed rival Peter Andre did not get a standing ovation as was portrayed in the broadcast.

The Loose Women panelist and her professional partner, Irish dancer Tristan MacManus, ended up in the dance-off alongside Peter and his partner Janette Manrara.

It was Jamelia's fifth time to perform in the dance off and three of the four judges opted to save Andre to dance another week.

On Monday's Strictly spin-off show, It Takes Two, the singer said that shots of Peter Andre's standing ovation were "re-recorded".

"We did a great last dance.  But it wasn't until they re-recorded Pete's standing ovation, that was the moment we knew we were gong home," she said.

Jamelia elaborated on her comments on Tuesday's Loose Women, suggesting that Andre did not receive a standing ovation.

"The honest thing is, he didn't.  But on the show he did," she said.

"I love Peter and he has tried so hard and he is a brilliant dancer, maybe the jive just wasn't for him.

"I do think there has been a huge backlash, a lot of people on Twitter raving about him, saying he should go home.

"But Pete is not behind the decision-making process and I don't think he should bear the brunt of any of this."

A BBC spokesman told the Irish Daily Mirror that Peter did in fact get a standing ovation.

"Following Peter's performance in the dance-off, for which he got a standing ovation, continuity shots were taken during a break in filing," they said.

"These extra opportunities to capture audience reaction are standard practice in recording TV shows of this nature."

Jamelia's comments comes just a week after dancer Ola Jordan accused producers of fixing the results and encouraging the judges to "manipulate" the leader board.

“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," she told The Sun. "Why else would they over-mark someone?”

Jordan has left the show after a decade.

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