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Tess Daly blasts Strictly fix claims

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Tess Daly blasts Strictly fix claims

Tess Daly has hit back at 'Strictly Come Dancing' fix claims.

Singer Ola Jordan has claimed that the judges' scores are fixed while Jamelia alleged that fellow contestant Peter Andre's standing ovation was faked but co-host Tess has defended the "integrity" of the show.

She said: "I have been at 'Strictly' since Day One.

"I can categorically say that the integrity of everyone who works on that show, from the producers to the judges, is absolutely without question. There is no fix. This is not an issue, it is just an absolute nonsense.

"Every judge is a professional dancer - they know what they are talking about. They care about what they do. We have great judges on 'Strictly'."

Meanwhile, Tess is disappointed that her former co-host Bruce Forsyth won't be returning to present the 'Strictly' Christmas special with her.

Bruce was forced to pull out of the show because it is being filmed too soon after his recent surgery for an abdominal aortic aneurysm and has been replaced with Tess' 'Strictly' co-host Claudia Winkleman.

Tess told Event magazine: "It's a really big shame. But like everyone else I want him to be absolutely fit and well. Filming 'Strictly' is physically demanding and the Christmas special is a ten-hour shoot, so it can be tough.

"It would have been so wonderful to have him back for Christmas, but I just want him to get better. We keep in touch all the time and he's doing really well."