Strictly Come Dancing gets 'raunchy' complaints


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More than 300 viewers have complained to the BBC about Saturday's episode of Strictly Come Dancing, saying the dancing was too raunchy.

The corporation said 325 viewers complained about footballer Robbie Savage's hip-thrusting performance to the Michael Jackson hit Bad.

People commenting on the show's blog called it "disgusting" and "tasteless".

The BBC defended Savage, saying his routine emulated Jackson's famous dance moves and "no offence was intended".

One viewer posted: "Robbie Savage's routine was completely out of place on a family show."

Another said: "Was there really any need for him to thrust his crotch like a badly rehearsed male stripper?" while a third wrote: "Was horrified at Robbie's performance, this is a family show, and to repeat that move three times was over the top!"

However, some viewers who posted in favour of Savage's performance.

"My absolute favourite, Robbie, was woefully undermarked again by a Craig Revel Horwood intent on sticking to marks [of] five and under," one person wrote.

Another said: "It was a Michael Jackson number, with a Michael Jackson costume and Michael Jackson moves. You may not like the choreography, but it was in complete keeping with the theme and origin of the song."

A BBC spokesman said: "Robbie danced a Paso Doble to Michael Jackson's Bad. The choreography emulated some of Michael's famous dance moves and no offence was intended."

He added that the complaints reflected a small percentage of the show's peak audience of 11.5 million viewers.

Saturday's episode of Strictly Come Dancing drew an average of 10.2 million viewers compared to rival X Factor with 9.6 million - the first time it has beaten the ITV show for a number of years.


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    Comment number 233.


    Some of us uphold Christian moral standards."

    I don't remember the bit in the bible stating 'thou shalt suffer great offence & complaineth to the BBC because of Robbie Savage's hip thrusts on Strictly Come Dancing'.

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    Comment number 232.

    Oh Dear
    With the speed of all these comments, there'll be more complaints about the BBC next Sunday, when Songs of Praise gets delayed due to an extended edition of Points of View

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    Comment number 231.

    If you think Savage was offensive on Strictly, you should try listening to him on 606 where he's an opinionated, offensive oaf.
    But the biggest laugh is the comment "The BBC defended Savage". Of course they did, the BBC has been bigging him up for over a year now, with fellow journalists making fools of themsleves groveling to him. Embarrassing to listeners and one big nail in the BBC coffin.

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    Comment number 230.

    while we are on complaints - dancing maybe but Len is getting too clever and smutty, no need for remarks like ' apart from the look up your skirt' and similar comments.

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    Comment number 229.

    I just thought he had an uncontrollable itch that needed his attention...

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    Comment number 228.

    Meant to add to my 211. post that my point being was as a kid I accidently saw some soft pornography and I had no idea what it was, therefore I think kids seeing a hip thrust on a dance show are not going to make any sexual connotations from it, you can relax.

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    Comment number 227.


    The men and women in the show dressing more modestly would certainly be a good start.

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    Comment number 226.

    I could not be any more scathing about people who take the time to write about these programs. Why don't you go out and do something less boring instead. Why don't you style :)

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    Comment number 225.

    Once upon a time I watched this show, but now you could not pay me to watch the pathetic "Brucie",desperate Tess and the rest motley crew.

    Time for some P45's to be issued.

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    Comment number 224.

    Oh for crying out loud, REALLY ????
    Dear BBC, I've got nothing better to do, so I'm going to complain about something which will have little or no effect on my pathetic little life, or anyone elses for that matter.
    Grow up, get a life !! I assume that the same people complained when Jacko did the same thrusting ? No.........

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    Comment number 223.

    Where do I go to complain about people complaining about nothing, and what happens to them if they get too many complaints?

    Instead of complaining and pretending to be offended, can't these people simply change their TV Remote batteries instead, as clearly they are flat, leaving them unable to turn their TV over to some other equally poor rubbish instead, or even better, off.

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    Comment number 222.

    No sex please, we're British!

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    Comment number 221.

    I didn't even give a thought that some people might find some of the routines offensive. You do have a choice though - don't watch! Some people are just waiting for an excuse to have a moan. It is 'fun' and as someone has already commented 'get a life'.

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    Comment number 220.

    I find the entire programme offensive on the grounds that it's both offensive to people with taste and that it effectively snubs all of the good programming not commissioned (or adequately financed) due to Strictly sapping their budgets. DQF? Not arf.

    It's tacky, tasteless and, frankly, boring television. Someone should take it round the back of Studio 1 and put it out of its misery.

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    Comment number 219.

    shame he never moved that well on a football pitch...

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    Comment number 218.

    I think some people get pleasure from being offended.

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    Comment number 217.

    How can any complain that Robbie Savage's dance moves were too raunchy when he was dancing next to Ola? Most of the raunchiness is provided by the costume designers' love of cleavage, legs and bum and I don't hear many people complaining about that.

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    Comment number 216.

    So, ok it was alright for Michael Jackson with a large following of youngsters (and court cases behind him) to thrust whilst singing the song, but not in a dance routine by others mainly watched by adults? I thought Robbie looked a bit stiff anyway so from someone a bit more supple it all could have been a lot more suggestive! Get a life people!

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    Comment number 215.

    I cant believe that people are actually taking the time to complain about a few MJ thrusts. The programme is all in good humour and I LOVE it. I dont think that they should chage a thing, some people are so sad and lonely that they will always find something to moan about.

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    Comment number 214.

    Sorry to have to agree but the 'dancing' element which was really wonderful in the first few 'Strictly's' has now been replaced with props, skimpy costumes and suggestive gyrations. Pity really it is was colourful and entertaining before.


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