So You Think You Can Dance, BBC1, 11 June 2011 & related website

Complaint

A viewer complained that the programme gave a misleading impression that the contestant who came third among the four finalists in the audience vote had in fact come fourth (which was stated in terms on the programme’s website).

 

Outcome

Before the involvement of the ECU, the programme-makers had acknowledged that the website was incorrect in this respect and had implemented a correction (which served to resolve that aspect of the complaint).  In the programme itself, however, phrases such as “the first person leaving this competition tonight”, “the second person who will be leaving the competition” and “the next person who will be leaving our live final” gave the impression that the two contestants concerned had been eliminated according to their relative positions in the audience vote, which was not the case.

Resolved/upheld

 

Further action

The programme-makers have been reminded of the degree of care that needs to be taken over the exact phrasing used to signal a contestant's departure.

 

 

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