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Strictly judge defends tie-break
By Sinead Garvan
Newbeat entertainment reporter

Craig Revel Horwood
Craig argued similar things happen in the national lottery

Strictly Come Dancing judge Craig Revel Horwood has urged the public to "get over" the show's semi-final tie-break at the weekend.

The move comes after all three couples went through to the final after two were tied following the judges' scoring.

Almost 1,800 people complained following the unusual scoring anomaly.

He said: "It happens in the national lottery. It's not as if the judges have created a tie of that description."

Craig added: "It just happened out of our scoring.

"You can't really ever know what is going to happen on a live show and that's what I love about it. Everyone has an opinion and I think that should be encouraged. Why not? The world would be a very dull place without opinions."

Presenter Lisa Snowdon and singer Rachel Stevens and their partners were given the maximum points available during the weekend's show.

But that meant that whatever happened in the audience vote, actor Tom Chambers could not be saved from a dance-off however the public voted and that was deemed "unfair".

As a result, all three couples go into the last show, with the votes rolling over into this week's finale.

Viewers who voted that were unhappy with the result have since been offered refunds.

Meanwhile, fellow judge Arlene Phillips also defended the show's outcome and argued that no-one could have predicted what was going to happen.

"Four different dances with four completely different points, who knew they were going to arrive at exactly the same?" she argued. "Not me with my brain that's for sure.

"I'm just happy to see those three brilliant couples in the final."

Bruno Tonioli said the result was "not a big drama" because all the votes will be carried over to the final.

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"It's not something that should be built into a scandal because nobody knew what was going to happen," he said.

"I don't think a rollover takes away any value of the votes. Somehow this funny mathematical thing happened which will make it an even more exciting final.

"As far as I'm concerned, I think the public are going to gain from it. Focus on the positive."

The three finalists will dance as usual in the final and the audience will again vote, with the points from that added to those from the semi-final to determine this year's champion.

Details of how to claim refunds will be made available on the Strictly Come Dancing Website from Tuesday.

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