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 466.

    Strictly is a family show broadcast at a time when a reasonable level of decency should be expected. I do not want to watch simulated sex acts, particularly when accompanied by my grand-children. The stars of the show let themselves down badly in tolerating such offensive behaviour.

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    Comment number 338.

    I can't believe the over reaction to a hip thrust in a "family show" has caused hysteria and panic, so much so that people have to complain.

    Let's be honest Bean hip thrusting was as sexy and as raunchy. as Robbie's routine. Every disco in the 90s had a hip thrust.

    I think we have seen worse in magazines, adverts and other media. My advice if you don't like it you can always switch off!

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    Comment number 325.

    This is a family show and some of the dances and judges' comments are inappropriate. Instead of commenting on the actual dancing the judges seem to think it is more important for us to know if they think the dancer is sexy or erotic. This is telling our children that being sexy and erotic is favoured over talent and hard work! Please get back to judging the dancing!

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    Comment number 323.

    I am pleased to find I am not alone in finding Robbie Savage's performance offensive. I am a fan of Strictly and but am very disappointed with some of the trends this year. I would hope that in future we can concentrate on presentation of the best and most appealing performances the participants can manage and bear in mind Brucie's welcome to children.

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    Comment number 239.

    I completely agree Robbie Savage's dance moves were inappropriate and spoiled the routine. I love Strictly and it doesn't need raunchy dances to draw viewers. As we saw from the beautiful & tasteful routine from Holly & Artem. More of this please! It is sad Nancy has gone. I would have loved to see her do a serious dance without the comedy as she is a beautiful woman that possibly had more to give


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