It’s been a really tough call to predict who will win this year’s glitterball trophy on BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing, yet, viewers were left in shock to see one of the highest-scoring dancers in the bottom two in recent weeks.
Alexandra Burke who has been hitting the top of the leaderboard since the first live show, recently appeared on Chris Evans’ BBC 2 radio show to chat about the upcoming Strictly finale which is set to occur this weekend.
Chris asked the former X Factor star: “Alexandra, you’ve been in the bottom two how many times now?” Alex replied: “Twice now,”
And whilst it seems the country isn’t 100% behind Alexandra due to the obvious lack of public votes, Chris claims he is backing her all the way and apologised on behalf of the nation for failing to vote: “Now you were quite upset and rightly so, and I would like to apologise on behalf of Great Britain because we forgot to vote for you and that’s all it was.”
Before adding: “I know you took it to heart. But I came on the radio the next day and said, ‘I think she thinks something that isn’t right or accurate’. We just didn’t think we needed to vote for you!”
Alex also admitted that she’s come to terms with the anxieties of finding herself in the dance-off and told the radio presenter her own theory on why her public votes are lower than expected: “If you’re at the top of the leaderboard, people will think you are safe. If I was watching, I wouldn’t vote for the person at the top. I’d think they’d be fine, I’ll vote for someone who needs it.”
“And that’s what Strictly has said to me as well. Understandably so.”
“You vote for people you’re worried about going out or think deserve another chance.” Chris agreed.
The radio presenter admitted that although he’s a faithful viewer of the show, he hasn’t picked up the phone himself to vote for his favourite, but urged listeners to do so, as evidence has proven that even the best dancers are at risk of being booted off.
He also went on to confess that whilst he is rooting for Alex this weekend, his wife is backing fellow contestant Joe McFadden.
Alexandra continued: “The fact is, [the last time we were in the bottom two], we got to dance the Charleston again and I loved the Charleston so I said, ‘Let’s just do it, have fun and hope for the best’. You can’t have any expectations of these sort of shows.
“It was hard but I totally get it. We’re here now because of the votes so I can only thank those who have voted for us to get to this point because it’s a massive achievement.”
Alexandra and her partner Gorka have made the Strictly final alongside fellow contestants Debbie McGee, Gemma Atkinson and Joe McFadden; but as previously mentioned, Alexandra’s Strictly journey hasn’t been an easy ride after reports circulated that she has been at loggerheads with professional partner, Gorka throughout the duration of the series.
Failing to impress viewers just two weeks ago with her Charleston routine, a source stated that Alex became ‘furious’ with her dance partner as they found themselves in the bottom two and ‘tensions’ once again arose between the pair backstage.
The source told The Sun Online: ‘There was obvious tension between Alex and Gorka as soon as they got ready for the dance-off. As he gave her a few words of wisdom on how to improve for it, she straight away went in on him. She couldn’t stop bickering with him and saying things like, ‘I’m not having that’ and ordering him about.”
However, after reading various statements in the media about their alleged troubled relationship, Alexandra hit back and confirmed that such reports were simply speculation. According to The Daily Mail, she said: “I’m finding it hard to read all of the lies that you have published about me. I’ve tried my best to just be strong and brush it all off but mentally it’s taking its toll.”
‘It hurts so much to read yet another fake story when all I want to do is enjoy this journey on Strictly. Please spread love… life is just too short for all of this. With love, Alexandra.’
Viewers have also been left debating whether her reactions within the show have been completely genuine – which may be another reason as to why the number of votes she has been receiving are significantly lower than anticipated.
Alexandra has been seen breaking down in tears after performing the majority of her routines, however, some viewers weren’t buying the emotion – with many trolling her online to state that she must have been ‘over-reacting’ for personal gain.
In an interview with The Radio Times, Alex aimed to put a stop to ‘hurtful’ tweets and comments and hoped to set the record straight with fans and viewers of the show.
“While I’ve loved my time on the show, I have struggled with some of the public’s reaction. I’ve had my fair share of negative press since winning The X Factor nine years ago, but I’ve never experienced anything like this.” she said.
“Twitter seems to have given people permission to be incredibly hurtful. They don’t seem to realise that I have feelings and get upset.The saddest thing is that I started the show completely myself – my joy and my tears were 100percentt genuine, however, much people said they were fake – but I’m now so self-conscious, I try not to react at all in case people say, “Oh, look, here are the fake tears again.”
I feel I’ve got to lock my emotions away, where before I used to wear my heart on my sleeve.”
There’s a strong competition ahead in this week’s Strictly Come Dancing final – so don’t miss it. Who will your winner be? Alexandra, Debbie, Joe or Gemma? Let us know your predictions in the comments. Catch the show live on BBC 1 from 6.30pm this Saturday.