It was confirmed yesterday that three new male dancers - Artem Chigvintsev, Jared Murillo and Robin Windsor - will be joining the professionals on the ballroom dance contest.
Former stars Darren Bennett, Lilia Kopylova, Ian Waite and Matthew Cutler have had their roles reduced on the show. They will now perform in a dance troupe, but will not take part in the main competition. US dancer Brian Fortuna announced last night that he is quitting the programme after he was initially confirmed as part of the new dance group.
Fans of Fortuna, Bennett, Kopylova, Waite and Cutler have protested at the move. "I think Strictly has just signed its own death warrant and lost the battle with X Factor, not to mention the plot," said forum member SilverBird. "Ian Waite is one of the best all-rounders and teachers."
Lavitaebella commented: "I think the BBC underestimates the loyalties of us, the longtime SCD fans. And I think they may regret it in the long run."
Forum member Boddism criticised the BBC's selection of pros who will have a reduced role in the new run. "What irks me is keeping [Anton] Du Beke and to a lesser extent Brendan [Cole]," he said. "Du Beke especially is a weak dancer. [He is] most likely going to get an oldie and will be the most unable to cope with new dancing styles."
Matthew Cutler fan Bendymizer said: "[Matthew should] tell the BBC where to stick the show because that lineup with those terrible pros is never going to be a success."
However, there have been voices of support for the revamp, with Lucy Mane writing: "I think it is a great move. The show needed a boost of new dancers. The show looked tired and old last year.
"The older audience will not like the changes I guess. Newer and fresher dances this year. I think it will be more like Dancing With The Stars. Which is all good in my opinion. More eye candy. The producers want the show to be more hip and young."
Strictly returns to BBC One in the autumn.