Strictly fans question why a disproportionate number of non-white stars are finding themselves facing the axe

STRICTLY fans are questioning why a disproportionate number of non-white stars are finding themselves facing the axe.

A breakdown of the first four eliminations this series shows half of all participants in the weekly dance-off came from ethnic minority backgrounds — despite accounting for only 27 per cent of the show’s line-up.


The stats mean they are twice as likely as to be eliminated than their white counterparts.

On Sunday, as former England rugby player Ugo Monye became the fourth celeb dancer to be ditched, fans noted all four participants bidding to survive the chop came from non-white heritage.

Ugo and his pro partner Oti Mabuse faced competition from Rhys Stephenson and Nancy Xu — with the judges opting to save the children’s TV host from the chop.

In previous weeks, Judi Love has faced two consecutive dance-offs with partner Graziano Di Prima.

Nina Wadia, who is of an Asian heritage, was chopped in the first elimination alongside pro-dancer Neil Jones.

Venezuelan professional Karen Hauer also found herself in the dance-off alongside celebrity hopeful Greg Wise, with the pair chopped by the judges after going head-to-head with Judi and Graziano.

And viewers have raised concerns that the trend has not improved since a previous investigation in 2016.

That found at the time, a non-white contestant was statistically 71 per cent more likely to find themselves in the bottom two. This increased to an astonishing 83 per cent for black females — with the five-year-old article widely shared again this weekend as fans suggested the issue “hasn’t improved”.

Head judge Shirley Ballas expressed her own surprise at Rhys ending up in the dance-off, saying: “I’m absolutely in shock that you are in the bottom two, you turned in a very, very good performance.”

One fan wrote online: “Every year, there is a brilliant black dancer that drops into the dance-off. I called it ahead of episode two that Rhys would end up on the wrong end of the public vote. It’s sad it’s so predictable.”

Another added: “Racism and people picking favourites even though they’re s*** dancers has caused this.”



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