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Last Updated: Tuesday December 23 2008 14:00 GMT

Voting mix-up on Strictly special

Strictly presenters Bruce Forsyth and Tess Daly

*** This story includes a spoiler about the Christmas Day edition of Strictly Come Dancing ***

Just days after the new Strictly Come Dancing champion was crowned there's been more drama on the dance floor with the recording of the Christmas special.

Filming had to be delayed for about an hour after four of the six couples came joint top on the judges' leader board.

That meant it would be impossible for the other two couples to win the show after the studio audience had voted.

To make it fair, head judge Len Goodman had to put the top four couples in order before the audience voted again.

You'll get to see all the confusion in the Christmas Day show, with presenter Tess Daly explaining what's happened.

The Christmas show features former contestants competing against this year's final three - Tom Chambers, Rachel Stevens and Lisa Snowdon - in the hope of becoming Christmas Champion.

Tom Chambers and his dance partner Camilla Dallerup during the Strictly Come Dancing final
If Tom wins, he'll be a double champ as he was voted Strictly champion during Saturday's series finale.


The recording of the Christmas show didn't involve a public vote, but the voting mix-up is very similar to what happened in the semi-final of the latest series.

Last weekend, all three couples through had to go through to the final after Lisa and Rachel got top marks, and TV bosses realised that meant there was no way of Tom getting through.

It caused a big fuss and the BBC eventually said everyone who'd spent money voting during the semi-final could get their money back.