Contestants are strictly convinced the show’s bosses have a hidden agenda to push their favorites to the final, The Mail on Sunday can reveal.
According to rumors circulating on the show, the BBC chiefs want Tilly Ramsay to reach the end of the race because they want to poach his father, famous ITV chef Gordon.
Some stars are also claiming that the producers are desperate for Strictly’s very first all-male couple, John Waite and Johannes Radebe, to make it to the final.
BBC chefs want Tilly Ramsay, pictured with her dance partner Nikita Kuzmin, to make it to the end of the race as they want to poach her father, ITV’s celebrity chef Gordon
TV presenter AJ Odudu, who is teamed up with the show’s new professional dancer, Kai Widdrington, is believed to be another favorite with the costumes.
Well-placed sources say a number of contestants floundering on the show believe the BBC has an ‘agenda’ and that they would be happier if Waite and Radebe were the eventual winners.
The bosses strictly were reportedly taken aback last year when the first same-sex couple, Nicola Adams and Katya Jones, had to leave the competition after just four weeks when Jones tested positive for Covid.
A source said: “There is a feeling that there is blatant favoritism here – that they are pushing Tilly to win, or at least make it to the final, because they want to sting his dad.
“Then you have the issue of the all-male couple, which is just the dream of some people involved in the show for John and Johannes to take the glitter ball. And as for AJ, she is adored.
Ms Odudu, who is romantically involved with her dance partner, has topped the judging rankings twice, including last week when she got a near-perfect 39, but she is not believed to win the votes of the public.
A source said: “There is a feeling that there is blatant favoritism here – that they are pushing Tilly to win, or at least to make it to the final, because they want to poke his father”
However, last night they finished low when their Paso Doble scored just 28 points.
Judge Craig Revel Horwood said he was “a little disappointed” by the many “pedestrian elements”.
Last night, CBBC presenter Rhys Stephenson and professional partner Nancy Xu topped the table after receiving 40 perfect points for their Charleston.
Former McFly frontman Tom Fletcher is reportedly a favorite with viewers, along with deaf EastEnders actress Rose Ayling-Ellis, though last weekend she and her partner Giovanni Pernice came in sixth place.
AJ Odudu and Kai Widdrington are another favorite with the costumes
One contestant even claimed that before they knew they were into the dance, bosses treated them in a “funny” and “different” way. The source added: “It was as if the decision had already been made before a step was taken on the dance floor. “
Last week, the mother of Olympic swimmer Adam Peaty accused the producers of “fixing” after her son was eliminated. Fans were also furious that BBC Breakfast host Dan Walker escaped the dance, believing he was saved because he was an employee of the company.
A BBC spokesperson declined to comment last night.