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noggin14,378 posts since 26 Jun 2001
I've never been the most avid viewer of Strictly, so forgive me if I'm wrong, but isn't it a bit peculiar that all of the Strictly "exclusive" reveals of celebrities are on ITV Daytime shows?


Err - the first three Strictly contestants were revealed on 'The One Show' - an early evening BBC One show. Not ITV, not Daytime.

I'll forgive you though.
PFMC841,529 posts since 28 Feb 2013
UTV Newsline
The "I've never heard of them" argument doesn't really matter, part of the show is getting to know the people and following their journeys and seeing how well they can pick up and adapt to dancing. I bet a lot of people had never heard of Joe Sugg from last year (I certainly hadn't) and yet he was a massive hit with viewers. I would say many will do the same with a lot of this years contestants.
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Markymark6,882 posts since 13 Dec 2004
Meridian (North) South Today
The "I've never heard of them" argument doesn't really matter, part of the show is getting to know the people and following their journeys and seeing how well they can pick up and adapt to dancing. I bet a lot of people had never heard of Joe Sugg from last year (I certainly hadn't) and yet he was a massive hit with viewers. I would say many will do the same with a lot of this years contestants.


Yes, true, but you still need to draw people in with at least one or two familiar (to them) names.
noggin14,378 posts since 26 Jun 2001
The "I've never heard of them" argument doesn't really matter, part of the show is getting to know the people and following their journeys and seeing how well they can pick up and adapt to dancing. I bet a lot of people had never heard of Joe Sugg from last year (I certainly hadn't) and yet he was a massive hit with viewers. I would say many will do the same with a lot of this years contestants.


Yes, true, but you still need to draw people in with at least one or two familiar (to them) names.


I'm not so sure that's so relevant these days - the show is almost bigger than the celebs. You know you're going to be entertained whoever the celebrities are, and will enjoy their development. The key thing these days is trusting that the producers will make a show we want to watch, and have chosen celebrity dancers who will entertain us, whether we know them or not.

I'm not sure I've ever watched Strictly because "Celebrity A" or "Celebrity B" was on it - and I suspect I'm not alone.

The celebrity booking over the past few years has been pretty effective - covering a nice wide range - sporting stars, TV presenters, soap actors, social media personalities, radio presenters etc. This year they don't have someone from a pop music background - but apart from that most bases are covered.
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Markymark6,882 posts since 13 Dec 2004
Meridian (North) South Today
The "I've never heard of them" argument doesn't really matter, part of the show is getting to know the people and following their journeys and seeing how well they can pick up and adapt to dancing. I bet a lot of people had never heard of Joe Sugg from last year (I certainly hadn't) and yet he was a massive hit with viewers. I would say many will do the same with a lot of this years contestants.


Yes, true, but you still need to draw people in with at least one or two familiar (to them) names.


I'm not so sure that's so relevant these days - the show is almost bigger than the celebs. You know you're going to be entertained whoever the celebrities are, and will enjoy their development. The key thing these days is trusting that the producers will make a show we want to watch, and have chosen celebrity dancers who will entertain us, whether we know them or not.

I'm not sure I've ever watched Strictly because "Celebrity A" or "Celebrity B" was on it - and I suspect I'm not alone.


No, but there's plenty of tactical voting to keep a particular celebrity in, irrespective of their dancing ability,
that's always been the case of course right back to the show's initial series
Brekkie31,686 posts since 4 Jan 2003
HTV Wales Wales Today
I do wonder if replacing the popularity vote with an app scoring mechanism would help on that, so viewers score each contestant live and their average score is the viewers half of the score.

Yes, some people would give the rubbish celebs 10s and the goods ones they don't like 0 but overall I think it would work better. The current system basically encourages you to vote for the people at the bottom of the leaderboard rather than for those at the top.
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BM11966 posts since 2 Jun 2017
London London
I do wonder if replacing the popularity vote with an app scoring mechanism would help on that, so viewers score each contestant live and their average score is the viewers half of the score.

Yes, some people would give the rubbish celebs 10s and the goods ones they don't like 0 but overall I think it would work better. The current system basically encourages you to vote for the people at the bottom of the leaderboard rather than for those at the top.

Would not work that well and would also cut off those without the internet and the BBC would be weary of that.
And of course the BBC would never tell us the scores the viewers gave so scrutiny could occur.