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Strictly TV bosses accused of FIXING semi final result after voting system fails at crucial moment

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It was the moment fans had been waiting for. But, for countless viewers of Strictly Come Dancing , the semi-final was marred by a technical glitch on Saturday night - which saw many unable to register their vote.

Disgruntled Twitter uses took to the social media site and voiced their frustrations after the IT error, which lasted for several minutes after the lines first opened.

The error was so bad that the BBC were forced to apologise, tweeting: "We had a slight technical error at the start of the Vote. If you had problems, please try again. The Vote is open until 20.40."

Pensioner Wendy Woodruff from Rhyl said she tried for half an hour to vote for Louise on Strictly but was unable to register a vote.

She rang the BBC to complain and said they should extend the voting window but was told this was not possible and they would make a note of her complaint.

"I tried for half an hour to vote online but it just refused to accept my vote," said Mrs Woodruff, 66.

"It will skew the result and people will think it is a fix if they couldn't vote. The BBC didn't seem at all bothered," she said.

The incident has now led to raised eyebrows among fans of the annual dance competition, with some implying that the show may be rigged in favour of particular contestants.

When Mirror Online reached out to Strictly for comment, a spokesperson told us: " "For a few minutes when the vote opened, there was a technical issue online that affected all of the contestants. Most people trying to vote online would have still been able to register their vote.

"The issue affected only those who were registering for the first time or signing back in. As soon as the problem was identified, information was put online to remind voters of the phone numbers as an alternative method of voting. Immediately the issue was rectified and voters were informed and we saw that online voters came back to vote. There was still plenty of time left for viewers to vote. The vote has been verified and there is no issue with the final result."

It comes after a tense semi-final, which saw Ore Oduba top the leaderboard with two contrasting performances.

The sports presenter came back from being in the dance off last Saturday night to wow the judges - Craig Revel Horwood, Len Goodman, Bruno Tonioli and Darcey Bussell - with an energetic quickstep to 'Are You Gonna Be My Girl'.

Len, who gave Ore a standing ovation, said: "I’ll tell you that quickstep was a triumph. Speed and control, you had both of those. The key is - move fast and don’t look rushed and you never did."

Whilst Darcey excitedly shared: "Wow, you came alive! It was terrific. You sped past us across the dancefloor. The energy, the attack, the focus was all there. Well done!"

Ore later took to the dancefloor to perform a passionate Argentine tango to 'Can’t Get You Out of My Head'.

Bruno described it as "mesmerising, magnetic and hypnotic".

He said: "That was mesmerising, I could hardly breathe because of the magnetic hypnotic dance. I don’t know if I was watching a lion tamer or a magician. I am telling you, that was outstanding."

And Danny Mac impressed with his American Smooth to 'Misty Blue', even earning the praise of Craig. He said: "That was right up my street. I loved it!"

Whilst Len added: "On that dance, I’ve got to agree with Craig now - that is right up my alley. You did the natural turns so beautifully."

With the competition getting tougher, Louise Redknapp and Claudia Fragapane ended up joint bottom of the table despite their fantastic performances throughout the night.

Commenting on Claudia's quickstep to 'When You’re Smiling', Craig said: "It did get me smiling! I loved the end of that routine. You had character throughout the whole thing. You danced like you were dancing for your life."

Whilst Louise's tango to 'Glad All Over' excited the judges.

Len said: "It reminded me of the Generation Game and as Brucie would say, ‘Didn’t she do well.’ Full of attack, full of attitude. There was a little moment here ... but there was so much good in that routine, well done!"

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