Strictly Come Dancing BACKLASH: ‘More money wasted by BBC’ Fans slam ‘Z-list’ line-up

This year’s Strictly Come Dancing line-up has finally been confirmed by the BBC but it’s been slammed by many fans of the show with some hitting out at the broadcaster.

The line-up consists of David James, Chris Ramsey, Emma Barton and Saffron Barker, who were amongst the first to sign up.

Soap star Catherine Tyldesley, BBC presenter Mike Bushell and Karim Zeroual joined the line-up a few days later along with Viscountess Emma Weymouth, Michelle Visage, Will Bayley and Jamie Laing.

Completing the line-up is Alex Scott, Dev Griffon, James Cracknell and Anneka Rice.

Strictly has had its day. More money wasted by BBC

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While the majority of fans are thrilled the dance competition will be returning, many have insisted they have no idea who they’ll be watch waltzing across the dance floor.

In a poll run by, 68 per cent agreed this year’s line-up was the “worst ever” asking: “Who are these celebrities?”

One reader responded: “I’ve heard of three of these ‘celebrities’ and none of them are household names today. Strictly has had its day. More money wasted by BBC.”

“I would stand a better chance of knowing fifteen people pulled out of the audience. These are the lowest of the low,” another reader argued.

A third declared: “I only recognise three of them from their photos,” while someone else added: “Not A list, B, C, D or E for that matter. Maybe Fs though.”

The response was a stark contrast to the 10 per cent who said they thought it was “brilliant” and a “great mix of stars”.

22 per cent of readers however revealed they’d wait until the stars had performed before making a decision.

Receiving some support over the line-up on Twitter, one fan acknowledged: “I’ve heard of 8 of them, not too bad. Everyone is complaining but I think this lineup is pretty good. I’m most excited about Jamie, love him. #Strictly x.”

Former contestant Chizzy Akudolu added: “Know what, some of them I didn’t know but that adds to the excitement. There’s no preconceptions.

“Plus, all these people are well known in their fields, so let’s give them a break and just enjoy the dancing. Love, light and sparkles #strictly.”

While the celebrities’ first dances are still a number of weeks away it seems the favourite to win has already to emerged.

Former Arsenal footballer is the favourite to lift the Glitterball Trophy with odds of 5/1.

The sports star is also favourite to be the first star to be awarded 10 points for her performance.

Will Bayley however is the outsider with odds of just 22/1 to win with bookmakers Ladbrokes and the favourite to be eliminated first.

He’s closely followed by Viscountess Emma Weymouth with odds of 5/2 to be booted off soon.

Strictly Come Dancing returns to BBC One later this year.

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