Strictly Come Dancing: Joe Sugg fans ‘flout voting rules for final’

Strictly Come Dancing hit by ‘FIX’ row as Joe Sugg fans ‘discover voting loophole’ ahead of show finale

Strictly Come Dancing has been hit by a fix row in finale week as Joe Sugg’s die-hard fans revealed a way they can vote for him to win, even if they don’t live in the country reports The Mirror.

The BBC’s terms and conditions means only UK viewers (and those in the Channel Islands and Isle of Man) are eligible to vote for the Strictly finalists, from a landline, their mobile or through the BBC’s site. 

But an Instagram fan account devoted to the YouTuber reportedly revealed a loophole allowing fans to vote for the star even if they live abroad.

Vote: Strictly Come Dancing has been hit by a fix row in finale week as Joe Sugg’s die-hard fans revealed a way they can vote for him to win, even if they don’t live in the country reports The Mirror 

The account, which has more than 2,000 followers, was said to have encouraged fans abroad to ‘trick’ the BBC website into believing they are in the UK so they can vote for Joe and dance partner Dianne Buswell.

In a four step instruction photo, shared on the social media site, the account is said to have posted: ‘How to vote if you’re not in the UK.’


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This would mean that if successful, anyone watching outside the UK would be able to vote for the Strictly finalists, if they have registered as a BBC user. 

The fan account is then said to have encouraged other followers to share the loophole, and then reportedly screengrabbed accounts  which had done so, and thanked them. 

Fan favourites: The BBC’s terms and conditions means only UK viewers (and those in the Channel Islands and Isle of Man) are eligible to vote for the Strictly finalists, from a landline, their mobile or through the BBC’s site

Oh dear: But an Instagram fan account devoted to the YouTuber reportedly revealed a loophole allowing fans to vote for the star even if they live abroad

There is no suggestion that Joe or Dianne were aware of this post. 

Joe has a huge global fanbase, with 8.2million YouTube subscribers, 5.49million Twitter followers and 5.7 Instagram followers.   

The BBC’s terms and conditions state: ‘The BBC reserves the right to disqualify votes if it has reasonable grounds to suspect that fraudulent voting has occurred or if it considers there has been any deliberate attempt to manipulate the result.

‘The BBC can only guarantee that votes individually entered directly through the telephone numbers promoted on the show and those registered through the site http://www.bbc.co.uk/strictly will count.’

The Strictly rules state: ‘Votes are only open to individuals as consumers from the UK, and not to any agencies, businesses and/or companies.’  

Voting on the website is free, with landline calls to the number given on-screen charged at 15p.

 Mobile calls to the same number are higher, although votes can be placed via mobile to the seven digit number for less 

Votes: The account, which has more than 2,000 followers, was said to have encouraged fans abroad to ‘trick’ the BBC website into believing they are in the UK so they can vote for Joe and dance partner Dianne Buswell. There is no suggestion either Joe or Dianne were aware of this

The post has since been deleted by the fan account.

MailOnline has contacted representatives for Joe and Strictly Come Dancing for comment. 

The show’s semi-final saw Ashley Roberts and Pasha Kovalev joint-top with Faye Tozer and Giovanni Pernice with 76 points each. 

Stacey Dooley and Kevin Clifton were in second with 75 points.

Joe and Dianne were third on the leaderboard with 59 points.

BBC representatives told the [email protected] ‘We regularly make updates to our technology to help prevent access to voting via the BBC website from outside the UK which breaks our voting terms and conditions.

‘Our voting platforms are robust and we have stringent procedures in place as well as independent verification. Online voting requires a BBC log in and is freely available to users across the UK without a VPN.’       

Stacey and Kevin are currently tipped as the favourites to win the series ahead of Saturday’s final, as they re-perform the Foxtrot as their Judges Choice, along with their secretive showdance.     

Joe has been a surprise hit for many viewers who previously proclaimed he did not qualify as a celebrity, having stunned with his dance skills across the series. 

But he and Dianne had also sparked rumours that they are dating off-screen, and they did not deny the rumours during the appearance on It Takes Two.   

Strictly Come Dancing: The Final airs Saturday 15th December at 6:30pm on BBC One. 

En-route to the final:  Joe and Dianne were third on the leaderboard with 59 points

 

 

 

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