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BBC defends 'Strictly' dance-off axe

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Stricly Come Dancing 2010

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The BBC have responded to criticism from Strictly Come Dancing fans about the current results show format.

The corporation confirmed that complaints had been received from viewers who are "unhappy" that there is no dance-off between the two lowest-scoring couples any longer. Instead, the couple with the lowest combined viewers' and judges' scores is automatically eliminated.

"By removing the dance-off we are going back to basics," it was said in an official response. "This was the original Strictly format - the couple with the lowest combined points leaves the competition.

"Strictly Come Dancing is an entertainment dance show and audiences will vote for who entertains them the most on a Saturday night - whether that be a couple who dances superbly, or a couple who dances to the best of their ability and brings [the] most enjoyment and amusement. Taking the decision away from the judges as to who stays or goes gives our viewers the power of the final say."

The broadcaster claims that the format allows the pre-recorded programme, hosted by Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman, to increase "suspense" for the viewers as they wait for the results.

"The Strictly Come Dancing results show is now shorter than last year and has the results threaded throughout the show," the statement continued. "We believe this allows the viewers to enjoy even more suspense as to who will stay and who will go. It also allows viewers a chance to get reactions from the couples throughout the show, those safe and those in the bottom two, which we have never been able to do before as the elimination was at the very end of the show."

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