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Ricky Whittle: 'Strictly is manipulative'

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Ricky Whittle has claimed that Strictly Come Dancing is fixed and that the contestants are manipulated by the show.

The ex-Hollyoaks actor competed in the show last year and came second to eventual winner Chris Hollins.

However, according to the Daily Star, Whittle has hit out at the BBC show for making it appear that he was having an affair with his dance partner Natalie Lowe.

"They didn't intend for me to get past the opening stages," he said. "We were there to be 'the affair' and leave pretty quickly, but our routines were too good. They never expected me to reach the final.

"You get there and they tell you not to worry about a thing, not to worry about reports in the press, but then they manipulate it all themselves."

He continued: "There is going to be obvious chemistry when you dance. You have to touch one another like lovers, but Natalie and I were just doing our job.

"It's all fixed, you know, the way they edit it to sway the audience."

The 29-year-old discussed one VT during which he claimed that his comments about Lowe had been taken "out of context".

He explained: "One time they made it appear as if I was discussing my love for Natalie. It just cut to me saying, 'She's the whole package'. That was totally out of context. It was as a teacher and dancer that I was describing her as the whole package."

He also recalled: "Following one rehearsal, Natalie and I ate together with her parents, who had flown in from Australia. The reports in the press described it as a romantic meal. They all mentioned my quote from the show. It was all so nicely designed.

"But they didn't bargain on our routines being so strong or me being as respectful on the show, and popular with all age groups."

He added: "It's totally rigged, but at least I came out well."

Whittle, who will take part in next year's Strictly Come Dancing live tour, revealed that he has been approached to appear in an American reality show.

"They want me to do reality because I did well as myself on Strictly," he said. "The idea of following an Englishman in LA appeals to them."

> Ricky Whittle: 'My reputation is tarnished'

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