The Strictly Come Dancing voting figures and stats seemingly won’t be revealed again by the BBC.
Rival shows The X Factor, Britain’s Got Talent and I’m A Celebrity have each released detailed voting breakdowns at the end of their respective series in 2017 but the BBC won’t be following suit.
Tonight saw Joe McFadden win the latest run in the Strictly Come Dancing 2017 final between himself, Alexandra Burke, Debbie McGee, and Gemma Atkinson.
Once again viewers were able to vote for their favourite via phone, online and mobile, with the results combined with the judges’ scores weekly to decide the bottom two in the dance off.
Although in the final it was viewer votes alone who decided the winner, with the judges votes just given as ‘guidance’.
The BBC says that it will still not be releasing Strictly Come Dancing voting figures.
As a result, we don’t even know which of the celebs came second, third or fourth in the competition.
The BBC puts the decision down to not wanting to “affect the way that people vote” – although why this is a concern after the series is wrapped up we’re not sure.
The BBC state: “We invite you to vote for the dancers that you liked best, based on their performance in each show and during the series. Releasing voting figures could affect the way that people vote, and also have an impact on the participants. We therefore do not disclose the exact voting figures.”
They add: “Although the BBC is subject to the Freedom of Information Act, information which is closely connected to our programme-making is not covered by the Act.
“The Information Commissioner, who regulates the Act, has confirmed that information about public voting is not covered. We are therefore not required to disclose the voting figures under the Act.”
Strictly will return to BBC One for another series in the autumn of 2018.
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