Strictly Come Dancing fans demand license fee back moments into BBC show

Strictly Come Dancing fans have complained during the latest episode of the BBC One dancing competition.

The programme returned to screens on Saturday night for the Halloween episode, which saw the class of 2022 dance along to songs connected to the spooky night.

In fitting with Halloween, the judges, presenters, celebrities and professional dancers swapped their glamourous outfits and opted for fancy dress.

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Just minutes after the programme began, Tony Adams was the first celebrity to take to the famous dancefloor but many viewers at home all had the same complaint.

Some viewers claimed that Halloween had been "ruined" for them by the show as they expressed their frustration, claiming some of the songs didn't fit the Halloween vibe.

"What an odd song choice #Strictly #strictly2022 #StrictlyComeDancing," fumed one.

While a second added: "This song isn't spooky! I demand my licence fee back! #Strictly #StrictlyComeDancing."

"If you're gonna do a theme, at least have songs relating to the theme! #Strictly #StrictlyComeDancing," said a third.

Before another angry viewer typed: "They're scraping the barrel for Hallowe'en-related songs."

This week, Fleur East and her partner Vito danced a Salsa to Beyoncé's Break My Soul, while Kym Marsh and Graziano performed a Rumba to Madonna's Frozen.

James Bye and Amy danced the Charleston to Bumble Bee by LaVern Baker, while Ellie Simmonds and Nikita showcased their Foxtrot to Scooby Doo, Where Are You? by David Mook and Ben Raleigh.

Elsewhere, Ellie Taylor Johannes used their Couple's Choice to dance to I Put A Spell On You by Hocus Pocus stars Bette Midler, Kathy Najimy and Sarah-Jessica Parker, while Helen Skelton and Gorka danced the Foxtrot to Lil' Red Riding Hood by Sam The Sham and The Pharaohs.

Will Mellor and Nancy danced away to Mama Told Me Not To Come by Sir Tom Jones and Stereophonics, as Hamza and Jowita Tangoed away to Wicked Game by Chris Isaak.

CBBC star Molly Rainford and her partner Carlos performed a steamy rendition of the Argentine Tango to Kate Bush's Running Up That Hill.

During the episode, head judge Shirley Ballas admitted she was rather flustered after getting "hot under the collar" following one sultry performance.

After Molly and Carlos' performance, the Wirral-born bombshell said: "Well, I'm all hot underneath my collar. There was drama and there was passion and there was everything in between."

Noting how 21-year-old Britain's Got Talent star Molly was in the dance-off last week, Shirley said how it was clear that she came back "determined" to do well.

She praised the starlet and said that she did a "really strong, strong performance".

"It was intense, the timing was immaculate. I loved it," she admitted while dressed in spooky attire.


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