STRICTLY Come Dancing is a huge TV success story, loved by millions of fans.
But there’s something wrong with the new series.
The decision to delay transmission of the results show until Sunday nights is out of step with what many viewers want and expect.
Last night’s main programme saw Kelly Brook and Brendan Cole (pictured at rehearsals before the live performance) joint top with the judges.
They shared that lead with Penny Lancaster-Stewart and Ian Waite.
Lines for the crucial viewer vote closed at 9pm last night.
And then it was back to the ballroom for the recording of the dance-off featuring the two couples who found themselves in the bottom two.
That recording will be screened on BBC1 from 6.45pm tonight.
But for those who want to know – and know where to look – full details of what happened, and who went out, are already available on the web.
Brian Capron’s exit last week was revealed online late on Saturday evening, just a short time after the event.
And it was the same last night after show two.
Although I wouldn’t dream of posting the information here, some Strictly fans are totally clued up about tonight’s recording.
Now you can argue that if you don’t want to know, you shouldn’t go looking – and the vast majority of viewers will still be in the dark.
You can also understand the BBC wanting to waltz off with some ratings joy on both Saturday and Sunday nights.
But looking at fans’ online comments, there’s a feeling that the recorded Sunday show just isn’t right.
Getting Bruce and Tess to stand there on a Saturday and pretend it’s Sunday, doesn’t work.
And if they acknowledge the results programme is pre-recorded, it all feels a bit false.
Next Saturday sees the delayed start of the live X Factor studio finals.
And even with England’s Rugby World Cup Final to screen in between, ITV1 has still found room for a 10pm X Factor results show.
Strictly fans, however, will once again have to wait a day for the ballroom outcome.
I’m sure Bruce Forsyth can’t be happy with the current scheduling.
So do us a favour BBC – move the results show back to Saturday.
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