BBC’s Strictly in fresh ‘fix’ row as celebrity dancers for 2024 are unveiled
15th November 2023

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A fresh Strictly Come Dancing fix row has emerged involving Angela Rippon, 79, after some stars of the 2024 tour were announced.

The annual tour dates included a mix of celebrity contestants from the 2023 series – and so far Angela, Layton Williams and Ellie Leach are all confirmed.

However, the reveal has not sat well with some Strictly Come Dancing fans who have already voiced their opinions on Angela being “overmarked” by the show’s judges.

They have now flagged a potential fresh fix, with one Reddit using writing: “Ah, that’s why they’re going so easy on Angela R.”

A second penned: “79 and doing tour? Respect to Rippon. but ooooof.

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“What a bad time to announce this because now the conspiracy theories and hate about her will ramp up even more.”

Another simply shared: “So happy with Ellie and Layton, those two are incredible dancers and I can’t wait to see them live. Hopefully Nigel, Bobby, Angela S and maybe Krishnan will join.”

The other stars taking part in the tour are set to be announced in due course.

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Former Come Dancing host Angela said appearing on tour feels like she “will have completed the ultimate Strictly journey.”

The tour runs throughout January and February, giving fans the chance to see the stars and professional dancers in action.

The decision about who wins each show is the live audience’s choice, and they can vote for the night’s winner by text.

An Angela fix row first emerged after she was saved in the dreaded dance-off against soap star Adam Thomas on Sunday.

The judges all opted to save Angela over Adam which caused outrage on social media amongst fans of the BBC show. 

Will Angela avoid the dance-off with her partner Kai Widdrington this weekend?

Strictly Come Dancing continues on Saturday at 6.05pm on BBC One. 

Strictly Come Dancing – The Professionals Tour is hitting the road once again in May 2024, with a star-studded line-up. Dianne Buswell, Graziano Di Prima, Gorka Marquez and Nancy Xu are just a few of the names hitting cities around the country, including London, Cardiff, Liverpool and Brighton to name just a few. 

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