Strictly Come Dancing is ‘fixed’ by the BBC, former contestant Joe Calzaghe claims.
Producers engineered his exit from the show after he allegedly argued with them about dance rival Craig Kelly, he said.
The champion boxer’s comments come as viewers complained that athlete Jade Johnson was granted a reprieve from performing on Saturday’s show because of a knee injury.
Mr Calzaghe, whose stiff dancing style was described by judge Craig Revel Horwood as ‘rigor mortis’, managed to stay on the BBC contest with dance partner Kristina Rihanoff for five weeks after gaining a huge share of the public vote.
But angered by being ousted last month, he told the Daily Mail this week: ‘Don’t you think it’s odd we went out when we were in the bottom for four weeks and the public kept voting for us?
‘We had the highest votes every week, the producers told us.
‘Then all of a sudden we lost out in the judges’ vote. Something was up.’
Mr Calzaghe, 37, declined to say what he had said to upset producers, simply insisting: ‘I know it’s down to something I said about Craig Kelly.
‘It was worse than a swear word. They were really angry with me.
‘So you can say it – Strictly Come Dancing is a fix.
‘I don’t care, we shouldn’t have gone out so early.’
A BBC spokesman said any suggestion the show is fixed ‘is ridiculous’.
‘The judges base their opinion on the quality of the dancing,’ he added.
Fans have complained that Jade Johnson escaped the vote-off due to knee injury
Mr Calzaghe, who is now in a relationship with Miss Rihanoff, also insisted cricketer Phil Tufnell should not have been axed on Saturday night.
The judges instead chose to save former EastEnders actor Ricky Groves and his partner, Erin Boag.
Footballers’ Wives star Laila Rouass was also kept in the competition, despite only completing half of her routine due to a sprained ankle.
Referring to the racism row in which her partner Anton Du Beke allegedly referred to her as a ‘Paki’, Mr Calzaghe claimed producers were simply ’scared’ of offending the actress.
Strictly chiefs were yesterday waiting to see if Miss Johnson, 29, would stay in the competition.
The long jumper is expected to be a contender at next summer’s European Championships, but her injury could affect her preparations.
Strictly fans suggested all contestants should have been allowed through this week considering Miss Johnson may end up having to pull out of the competition.
One viewer said: ‘It would’ve been fairer to allow everyone through to next week.’…