Show the Strictly ‘kiss cheats’ quick step to the exit, vot­ers are urged

Fem­i­nists join cam­paign to get scan­dal-hit dancers kicked off flag­ship show as view­ers’ anger grows

The Daily Telegraph - - News - By He­lena Hor­ton

THEY hung on to their place in the show by the skin of their teeth, but it is un­likely the Strictly cheats Seann Walsh and Katya Jones will dance again af­ter this week if cam­paign­ers have their way.

While the judges have main­tained that they will vote on danc­ing abil­ity alone, fem­i­nist cam­paign­ers have urged the pub­lic to vote for any cou­ple ex­cept the shamed pair.

Af­ter Walsh was ac­cused by Re­becca Humphries, his fu­ri­ous for­mer girl­friend, of emo­tional abuse and “gaslight­ing” as she pub­licly dumped him for kiss­ing Jones on her birth­day, cam­paign­ers have said he does not de­serve to be on the show.

Karen In­gala Smith, the chief ex­ec­u­tive of nia, a do­mes­tic vi­o­lence char­ity, said he “does not de­serve to lift the glit­ter­ball” and hopes “the Bri­tish pub­lic show their sol­i­dar­ity with Re­becca and with­draw their votes for him”.

Al­though Walsh de­nies the claims about his be­hav­iour, many are fol­low­ing in Ms In­gala Smith’s foot­steps and pre­par­ing to get rid of the co­me­dian. “Ev­ery­one thinks they will likely be bot­tom of the view­ers vote so likely to go this week any­way,” a show in­sider told The Sun. The cam­paign has grown in re­cent days and hun­dreds of view­ers have posted on so­cial me­dia about their plans to vote the cou­ple off.

Both the judges and the pub­lic de­cide who leaves the show; the scores from the judges are worked out at the end of the show and com­bined with the pub­lic vote. If Walsh and Jones get very few votes from the pub­lic, it is highly likely they will have to com­pete in the “dance-off” to­mor­row, and have their ul­ti­mate fate de­cided by the judges.

Some an­gry fans of the show have pre­dicted the pair could be in the dance-off for weeks be­fore the judges de­cide they can leave.

Jonny Clarke said: “With­out get­ting into the ob­vi­ous moral wrong­do­ing, Seann and Katya should leave @bbc­strictly be­cause even if they dance well frankly no one will care or vote! They will be in the dance-off ev­ery week un­til they go.”

Dave, an­other viewer, agreed, adding: “Of course, we could just vote for Seann and Katya’s danc­ing. Or we could put our­selves in the shoes of their hu­mil­i­ated part­ners and fam­i­lies and send them both a mes­sage?”

Some view­ers warned the live au­di­ence dur­ing the show would boo the cou­ple. Judge Craig Revel Hor­wood pre­dicted a hos­tile re­cep­tion, telling The Jonathan Ross Show: “My take was keep them in the show, make them do the ‘dance of shame’.”

Viewer Emma Hill said: “I think they’ll be booed. Per­son­ally, I be­lieve Katya should’ve been made to leave the show, as the teacher she’s abused her po­si­tion.

“Not to men­tion how she could’ve af­fected her hus­band’s per­for­mance who also works on the show.”

How­ever, a cam­paign may not be needed to get rid of the un­faith­ful pair – Ore Oduba, a for­mer win­ner, thinks the dis­trac­tions caused by this week may hin­der their danc­ing abil­ity.

He said: “Good luck think­ing about any­thing else other than the rou­tine be­cause that is a sure-fire way to leave.”

Lor­raine Kelly, the tele­vi­sion pre­sen­ter, pre­dicted the pair would be voted off.

She said on her show: “I think our view­ers are right, I think they will be off, I think they will be voted out.” This is con­sis­tent with re­search from Lad­brokes, which has branded Walsh Strictly Come Danc­ing’s least pop­u­lar con­tes­tant ever.

Alex Apati, of the book­mak­ers, said: “Seann Walsh cer­tainly isn’t laugh­ing now, with our lat­est fig­ures re­veal­ing he’s the least pop­u­lar con­tes­tant ever to take to the Strictly dance floor.”

The pair ap­pear to have lost pop­u­lar­ity among the pro­fes­sion­als, which may be be­cause Jones’s hus­band is a pop­u­lar backup dancer on the show. An­ton du Beke, the ball­room dancer, told RTE: “I’ll tell you one word, I’m a bit dis­ap­pointed. I feel a bit like that about it re­ally. Don’t drink. If that’s what hap­pens, stop. What are you do­ing? Prac­tice, don’t drink.”

‘Seann is cer­tainly not laugh­ing now with lat­est fig­ures re­veal­ing he is the least pop­u­lar con­tes­tant ever’

Seann Walsh and Katya Jones are filmed for Strictly, above and top left, amid a so­cial me­dia out­cry and a judge say­ing they should be made to do the ‘dance of shame’

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