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Last Updated: Monday December 15 2008 20:37 GMT

Strictly voters can get refunds

Rachel Stevens and Vincent Simone

People who voted for contestants on Saturday's Strictly Come Dancing semi-final will be able to get their money back after all.

Show producers stopped the public voting after a mix-up with the scores and said that all three contestants would go through.

They said the votes already cast would roll over to the next week, but loads of people were unhappy and complained.

Later on Monday, the BBC released a statement explaining what would happen.

BBC bosses said they had worked with the show's producers, contestants, and an independent official to find the fairest way of dealing with the situation.

Tom Chambers and Camilla Dallerup
The scores of the judges and the audience will carry over to the first show of next week's two-show final.

For the first time ever, the audience votes will be revealed, and will be added together with the judges' scores, and shown on a big screen.

But once the first pair is eliminated from the competition, the two remaining couples will start from scratch and go head-to-head in the final show.

A spokesperson said: "We will be offering refunds to anyone unhappy about their votes in the semi-final who would like to be reimbursed for their calls."