Strictly Come Dancing pro calls for dance-off to be ‘axed’

Strictly Come Dancing pro calls for dance-off to be ‘axed’

December 16, 2022

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Speaking about the format of the much-loved BBC series, Robin admitted he wasn’t sure if Shirley Ballas should be given the deciding vote. Instead, the former Strictly Come Dancing professional thinks if there is a split decision, the public vote should reveal who is going home.

He remarked: “It’s worked for years, but I don’t know how I feel about the dance off.

“I think that’s where Shirley has the final vote, if it goes down to a split, then it’s just her decision.

“If it’s a split decision between the judges, then it should go to a public vote.

“I feel like they can perhaps control who stays in the competition.”

Robin explained “it’s really hard” because everyone has their favourite dancer.

“I sit at home and judge every week,” he noted. “There’s always somebody that touches us because dancing touches us emotionally.

“I don’t think there’s any bias [with the judges], I just think it’s a personal feeling. We can’t help but have our own favourite.”

Giving his verdict on new judge Anton du Beke, Robin said he was “born” to be in the judging chair.

“He’s definitely done his dues on the show and he’s had such tough partners, as we all know,” he said speaking to Betway.

“He’s always had his eye on the judging panel and I cannot think of anybody more perfect to be sat in that chair.

“Not only has he been absolutely fabulous, but he also won the NTA for Best Judge and quite rightly so.

“He’s got a little hint of Len [Goodman] in him, he’s a traditional ballroom dancer and I’m so thrilled that he’s sat on that seat.”

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This weekend, Hamza Yassin, Helen Skelton, Fleur East and Molly Rainford will all battle it out to lift the Glitterball trophy.

The judges will be scoring each dance but it will be up to the public to decide who they want to win.

Currently, bookmakers predict Hamza will be the one to win with his professional partner Jowita Przystal.

He is closely followed behind by Helen and her partner Gorka Marquez.

Hamza continues to head the betting at 4/9, but Helen is closing the gap and now finds herself at 7/4 in the betting.

As for the final podium spot, the odds suggest it’s Molly (25/1) who’ll finish in third place, with Fleur being the show’s rank outsider at 50/1.

Alex Apati of Ladbrokes said: “It looks like we’re in for a two-horse race for the Glitterball Trophy, and while Fleur and Molly are seemingly making up the numbers, it’s the latter who is currently most likely to find herself finishing in third-place.”

Strictly come Dancing: The Final airs Saturday on BBC One at 7.05pm.

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