Alastair Stewart wades into ‘ruination of Strictly’ after ‘fix’ row on BBC show

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Alastair Stewart has shared his opinions on Strictly Come Dancing after the show was embroiled in a ‘fix’ row.

It’s been argued that celebrities with previous dance experience have an unfair advantage in the competition over non-dancers.

The 71-year-old journalist took to X, formerly known as Twitter, to express his views on the matter.

He expressed: “Interesting to hear and read how for many people having a professional dancer among the ‘celebrities is the ruination of @bbcstrictly.” (sic)

Alastair’s followers took to the comments section to share their views after he waded into the conversation matter.

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One X user said: “It doesn’t ruin it for me but I feel strongly that it’s very unfair on the celebrities starting from scratch, working hard and pushing themselves every week.”

Another follower wrote: “Ruins it every year! The voters will see through it.”

Meanwhile, a third argued: “Strange as they’ve ALWAYS had trained Dancers. People just want to FIND anything to moan about.”

The BBC faced claims of a fix due to two of their 2023 contestants having previous professional dance experience

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Layton Williams is an alumni of the Italian Conti Academy of Theatre Arts, with previous Strictly contestants Kelly Brook and Pixie Lott studying at the prestigious school.

The 29-year-old, who is partnered with Nikita Kuzmin, also has West End experience thanks to his roles in Billy Elliot and Everybody’s Talking About Jamie.

Irish TV presenter Angela Scanlon, 39, previously danced with the O’Shea Irish Dance Company, where she performed internationally with the group.

Layton previously spoke to the press at a Strictly roundtable event ahead of his debut on the show, where he was asked about his previous dance experience.

He said: “Yeah, well, of course, there’s going to be moments that will feel more comfortable being in the rehearsal room and use and dancing and stuff like that.

“However, I can’t stress enough how different [it is]. It’s like a plumber trying to be an electrician. I don’t even know what them two things are, but it’s just not the same.”

Strictly Come Dancing continues Saturday at 6.40pm on BBC One.

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