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BBC 'sorry' for Strictly remark
Arlene Phillips (second left)
Phillips (second left) criticised the couple's routine
The BBC has apologised for a remark about Polish people made by Strictly Come Dancing judge Arlene Phillips on Saturday's edition of the show.

Likening rugby star Kenny Logan and his Polish-born partner Ola Jordan's dance to a pole-dancing routine, Phillips said: "It was like Poles from Poland."

In response to 32 viewer complaints, the BBC said it was no way intended to be a slight on Polish people.

Phillips' remark was intended as a light-hearted play on words, it added.


"Under the pressure of the live environment Arlene did not express herself in the manner that she had intended," the BBC said.

Phillips, a dance professional, had said: "It was like the pole and the Pole dancer dancing around him. It was like Poles from Poland. There was nothing there - Kenny barely moved."

Kenny Logan and Ola Jordan
Logan and Jordan were bottom of the judges' scoreboard

Some viewers to the show reacted angrily to the remark, with one writing on a message board: "I hope Ola complained to the producers about her comments.

"The dragon better not have booked a holiday to Poland in the near future," they added.

Phillips' comments were made in response to the couple's performance of the sensual Latin dance, which was roundly criticised by the other three judges for not containing enough rumba steps.

Scottish rugby star Logan and Jordan were unanimously voted out of the contest by the four judges after a dance-off against actress Letitia Dean and partner Darren Bennett.

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