Strictly Come Dancing is back in a few weeks, and already some controversy is engulfing the BBC program as part of the production team have had claims made against them of betting on the show.
It appears that one of the show judges has caused the storm around the better scandal. Alesha Dixon, who won the show back in 2008, has revealed that when she won the show a member of the production team thanked her as he said he had placed a £8,000 bet on her to walk away victorious. Alesha Dixon has apparently told British newspaper, Daily Star, “I was 25/1 when it started and at the end of the series one of the producers came up to me and thanked me for just winning him £8,000.”.
It has been made clear that Alesha Dixon is not in any trouble as she was unaware of the rules and that this was wrong, but BBC guidelines strictly prohibit staff from betting on programs they work on.
Since the news broke, TV watchdog Mediawatch has put in a formal request that the BBC launch a full investigation into exactly what happened and if any foul play occurred. Bookies are known to take bets on all kinds of strange things, such as the betting currenty taking place on who will be the god parents when Beyoncé gives birth.