The BBC show won 46.5% of the total audience on Saturday compared to the ITV show’s 45%. ITV were keen to point out though that if you added in the audience figures from ITV+1 then they drew in a higher total audience. If the BBC wanted to increase their figures are they allowed to claim anything for Sir Bruce Forsyth appearing in the new Morrison’s ad showing during the X Factor?
In more Strictly news this week we had Lulu leaving the show after Audley survived another close thing. We also had another very hot dress from Tess Daly, a great performance from Chelsee after last week’s difficult show, Ola and Kristina looking as fit as ever and for the ladies (and some of the men, including Bruno) Harry Judd showing off his pecs.
In less pleasant Strictly news we hear that Nancy is considering taking action against Alesha over remarks that she made about her. “Nancy was really hurt by Alesha’s comments,” a source said. “The way she looks is, of course, a massive part of her personality.
“She doesn’t mind her dancing being criticised, but she took Alesha’s remarks as a massive slap in the face. She felt it was really nasty to be trashed in front of millions of viewers and she wants an apology – and she’s talking to lawyers to find out the best way to get one.” The insider further claimed that du Beke was “also appalled” by Dixon’s comments on Saturday’s show.
A spokesperson for Dell’Olio confirmed: “Nancy is now looking at her options as to how to get an apology from Alesha and the BBC.”
Thandie said “Don’t get me started on black people being on the cover of big magazines. It’s so preposterous. I mean, I’ve been on the cover of Harper’s Bazaar four times; I’ve been on the cover of InStyle four times, but Vogue, not once. And people say to me, I mean literally, people have said to me, ‘What have you got against Vogue that you don’t want to be on their cover?’ And I just laugh. [Vogue] don’t feel the need to represent because it doesn’t make any sense to them.” The 31-year-old actress had previously openly talked about race, dedicating her time to various charities and causes over the matter. She had previously stated that she was ‘bitter’ that she had compete against actresses such as Halle Berry for leading black female roles in Hollywood. Newton added: “It’s just baffling to me, but as usual America will dictate the ways things go and a magazine like Vogue will just follow America.”
She can currently be seen in ‘Retreat’ alongside Cillian Murphy and Jamie Bell. Newton also made her West End debut last month by appearing in the Olivier Award-winning play ‘Death and the Maiden.’