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Strictly Come Dancing gets 'raunchy' complaints

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Media captionNancy Dell'Olio and dance partner Anton du Beke defend their performance on Strictly Come Dancing

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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