Simon McCoy slaps down Strictly line-up amid declining ratings ‘There’s no famous faces!’
GB News: Reporters discuss Strictly's ratings
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Strictly Come Dancing was back with a bang on Saturday evening as Claudia Winkleman and Tess Daly paired up 15 celebrities with their pro dance partners for the upcoming series. However, despite the glitz and glamour of the occasion, it was revealed soon after the launch failed to bring in the viewing figures of last year with approximately a 1.5million tuning out compared to 2020. And while the lifting of lockdown compared to last year could be attributed to the decline, GB News host Simon McCoy felt it was more reflective of the standard of the line-up in 2021.
Speaking to GB News entertainment correspondent Josh Rom, Simon’s co-host Kirsty Gallacher kicked off the discussion.
Kirsty said: “Making the headlines and quite surprising I guess, the new series of Strictly Come Dancing hasn’t been… It didn’t go well.”
Josh then explained: “No it did not go as well.
“So seven million viewers, the BBC said on average at its peak it was 7.3 million viewers, that was compared to 8.7million last year.”
Josh continued: “Now, it’s worth noting that obviously last year, (it was) during the pandemic.
“(And) you and I discussed this how previously, in a previous life, linear television, more people have been watching linear TV over the pandemic because obviously, they’re stuck in their homes, so that kind of explains the all-time high of last year.”
However, Simon wasn’t convinced lockdown was the only reason last year’s viewing figures were so much higher.
“But let’s call this Josh,” Simon interjected. “There aren’t many famous faces in it this year.”
Referring to Kirsty’s stint on the BBC show, he added: “It’s not been like previous years where there’s been…”
Kirsty chuckled as Simon gestured her way before she stood up for the Strictly class of 2021.
Hitting back at her co-star’s comments, Kirsty argued: “I think it’s a bit harsh to say there aren’t many famous faces in there, there are.”
“There are but it isn’t as properly star-studded as usual,” Josh said, agreeing with Simon but Kirsty stood firm.
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Kirsty continued: “But I think it shows the breadth of television and the fact that, you know, a lot of people will know who those people are.
“We don’t all watch soaps, we don’t all watch -“ she added before Josh jumped back in to blast the cast once more.
“I know but when Gordon Ramsay’s daughter Tilly, when Tilly Ramsays in it,” he said. “Yes, she’s known for her cookbooks and her TV series for the younger generation,
“(But) a lot of these stars are like, ‘right that’s a ploy to get the younger viewer in’.
“Strictly is well known within the industry to have that older audience, and it’s well known by casting reality stars and children’s stars, the casting directors want to get those younger numbers in,” Josh argued.
Simon and Kirsty agreed to disagree and soon moved on with the rest of the show.
Kirsty had competed on Strictly Come Dancing alongside pro dancer Brendan Cole back in 2015.
The Great British Breakfast airs daily at 6am on GB News.
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