Strictly fans call FIX after Radio Times 'predicts' four finalists... last month

13 December 2018, 07:12 | Updated: 13 December 2018, 08:07

November's cover of the Radio Times has sparked a fresh wave of fix claims
November's cover of the Radio Times has sparked a fresh wave of fix claims. Picture: Radio Times

Fans of the BBC show think they have evidence that it hasn't been a fair competition.

The four Strictly Come Dancing finalists appeared on the cover of November's Radio Times - leading to some fans calling the show a FIX.

Last month, Faye Tozer, Stacey Dooley, Joe Sugg and Ashley Roberts were pictured on the front of the TV listings mag along with the strapline "Who will win?"

While the feature was dressed up as a 'half-term special' with judge Craig Revell-Horwood giving his verdict on the all of the contestants, some fans have seen it as evidence that the show is rigged in favour of certain celebs.

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On December 2, one miffed fan wrote: "If Lauren leaves next week then I think we can all safely say that the show is rigged, the Radio Times front cover a few weeks back proves that."

A week later, after Lauren Steadman was booted off the show, another fan chimed in: "Does the radio times have psychics working for them? They’ve literally predicted who the strictly finalist are with last months cover."

It's worth noting that there was a picture of all the dancers inside the magazine, adding more intrigue as to why these four were selected to feature on the front cover.

It's not the first time that the show has been been dipped in scandal this year, with backstage rows and extra marital affairs all putting the show in the headlines.

Judges Craig Revel-Horwood, Darcey Bussell, Shirley Ballas, Bruno Tonioli have their work cut out for them picking a winner
Judges Craig Revel-Horwood, Darcey Bussell, Shirley Ballas, Bruno Tonioli have their work cut out for them picking a winner. Picture: Getty

Yesterday it was reported that Ashley had been told to cool off her rumoured romance with rival Giovanni Pernice until after the final.

And Danny John-Jules was booted off after reports he left his professional partner in tears after a tense rehearsal.

There was also outrage when comedian Seann Walsh was pictured kissing his married partner Katya Jones.

They were later dropped from the Strictly tour.

In the Radio Times interview, Craig heaped praise on Ashley, but revealed that he thinks Stacey will win.

He said: "Ashley is one of the best dancers I think we've ever seen on the show.

"She’s at the top of the leader board all the time! That might discourage people from voting for her."

But speaking about Stacey, 31, he said: "I can see her winning. She has a lot of the audience on her side, she’s very popular and so far she’s getting through this with flying colours."