I’LL KEEP ON LEAK­ING

Re­sults ‘spoiler’ vows to keep on shar­ing vot­ing de­tails as

Daily Star Sunday - - FRONT PAGE - ■ by ED GLEAVE TV Edi­tor ed­ward.gleave@dai­lystar.co.uk ED GLEAVE

STRICTLY has been plunged into cri­sis over its weekly vote-off re­sult be­ing leaked on the in­ter­net.

Bosses are at war with the cre­ator of a spoil­ers web­site that reg­u­larly re­veals which cou­ple has been axed be­fore it is shown on TV.

Strictly’s re­sults show is pre-recorded on Satur­day night and shown 24 hours later, mean­ing sources in the stu­dio au­di­ence can tip off su­per­fan Dave Thorp so he can post it on­line.

Pro­duc­ers have taken ac­tion to stop him from ru­in­ing the sur­prise for mil­lions of view­ers – but he has vowed to con­tinue.

Let­ting rip at BBC chiefs, he said: “I’m just a Strictly fan who finds it lu­di­crous that in a day and age where in­for­ma­tion can be trans­mit­ted glob­ally in the blink of an eye, the BBC would still think it is a good idea to pre-record the re­sults show of their flag­ship re­al­ity TV show and broad­cast it a whole day af­ter the event.

“It is the BBC who make the spoiler pos­si­ble. If the BBC don’t want the re­sult to leak out, there is some­thing very sim­ple they can do to stop it – broad­cast the re­sults live.”

Dave reck­ons Beeb bosses try to “fool” view­ers into think­ing the Sun­day re­sults show is live.

He said: “The BBC goes to great lengths to try and main­tain the il­lu­sion…ev­ery­one refers to the pre­vi­ous show as be­ing ‘last night’, and even gets pre­sen­ters to change clothes be­tween shows.”

He added: “Their usual re­sponse to com­plaints is to stick two fin­gers in their ears and go ‘la la la la la, we’re not lis­ten­ing’.”

Dave’s site is the most-viewed Strictly spoiler site on the net, with up to 350,000 hits a day. He has more than 10,000 fol­low­ers on so­cial me­dia.

He also leaks the pair­ings at the start of each se­ries, as well as the re­sult of the an­nual Christ­mas spe­cial – which leaves Strictly bosses fum­ing.

Dave, a photographer from Pre­ston, Lancs, said: “It has come to their at­ten­tion and they aren’t too happy about the site or the so­cial me­dia chan­nels I op­er­ate.

“They even had Face­book re­move a page I was run­ning dur­ing the 2015 se­ries. How­ever, this was later re­in­stated fol­low­ing a strongly worded email to them and a pe­ti­tion signed by many vis­i­tors to this site.

“I’m not sure why the BBC aren’t happy as I per­son­ally feel that if the BBC won’t give view­ers what they want in the form of live re­sults, then sites like this are a good com­pro­mise.” Dave cashes in on the STRICTLY star Jon­nie Pea­cock was cru­elly taunted over his dis­abil­ity by school bul­lies.

The athletics hero was just five when he had his leg am­pu­tated be­low the knee af­ter catch­ing menin­gi­tis.

And he told the Daily Star Sun­day how it made him the tar­get of play­ground abuse.

Jon­nie, 24, said: “Ev­ery sin­gle per­son has prob­lems. Some dis­abled peo­ple come up to big­ger ones. We all have dark days where you don’t want to get out of bed.

“I was bul­lied at school. Ev­ery­one has hard times and I had them a bit more than others. When I was younger I wanted to hide. I wanted to for­get about it. You don’t want to be seen as dif­fer­ent.” Brave Jon­nie re­fused to let the taunts beat him and at 15 started athletics train­ing.

He went on to win gold for Team GB at two Par­a­lympic Games.

Jon­nie added: “A lot of peo­ple are bul­lied at school and it’s rel­a­tive to ev­ery­body. It’s about push­ing past that and be­ing pos­i­tive.

“It makes you a lit­tle bit stronger. I don’t look back at school as such a bad time. I had some good friends. I think as long as you’ve got good peo­ple around you it doesn’t re­ally suc­cess of his site by charg­ing for ad­verts but in­sists the rev­enue is “quite small”. He has vowed to ig­nore pleas to stop leak­ing re­sults, which will cause a headache for ex­ecs who are des­per­ate to keep re­sults se­cret un­til they air. Dave claims view­ers are “en­ti­tled” to learn the re­sults be­fore­hand. He said: “I take in­for­ma­tion that is al­ready in the pub­lic do­main else­where on the in­ter­net and pro­vide it for vis­i­tors to this site in such a way that it is quick and easy to find. “This site doesn’t re­ally do any­thing dif­fer­ent from the other sites pro­vid­ing spoil­ers for se­ries such as Game of Thrones. “Peo­ple read spoil­ers for TV se­ries all the time but that doesn’t af­fect how many peo­ple watch them, nor does it af­fect the en­joy­ment of the se­ries for peo­ple who have sought out and viewed spoil­ers.” mat­ter what one in­di­vid­ual thought.”

Jon­nie is the first dis­abled con­tes­tant to com­pete on Strictly in its 15 years on screen. He is hop­ing his rou­tines will help to break down prej­u­dice sur­round­ing am­putees.

Jon­nie said: “I want to try to change a bit of the stigma around dis­abil­ity. I want to change peo­ple’s as­sump­tions of the abil­ity of what you can and can­not do.

“When I had the med­i­cal the doc­tor asked if I’ll be OK do­ing lifts dur­ing dances. I was like, ‘I’m OK in the gym with 200kg on my back’. It’s those kinds of things. Peo­ple have pre-con­ceived ideas. It’s about not judg­ing a book by its cover.” Jon­nie and show pro­fes­sional Oti Mabuse are ranked at 9/1 to win the se­ries with book­ies Paddy Power. But Jon­nie is ner­vous he’ll be a flop on the dance­floor. He said: “At the mo­ment my tar­get is to make it to week three. Danc­ing is def­i­nitely not my forte. This is more nerve-rack­ing than any race I’ve done.

“It has been so much harder than I thought it would be. I didn’t re­alise how many things you have to think about when you dance.

“For ev­ery sin­gle step there are about 10 things I am do­ing wrong at the same time. It’s so tech­ni­cal and you’ve only got such a short space of time to per­fect ev­ery­thing.

“It’s not the bot­tom half that I need to worry about. It’s much more about the top half and how that looks. It won’t be my leg let­ting me down – it will be my danc­ing!”

Jon­nie and Oti faced the judges last night as Strictly went live for the first time but he’s more ner­vous about girl­friend Sally Brown see­ing him per­form.

He said: “She is the best per­son to bring me back down to earth. Any­thing I do, she’ll be like, ‘What the hell were you do­ing there?’. I think she’ll be the hard­est critic to please, harder than Craig. She’ll just be silently judg­ing.”

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