Eamonn Holmes slams BBC bosses for forcing stupid rules on Strictly stars

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Eamonn Holmes has hit out at BBC bosses for reportedly placing "stupid rules" on its Strictly Come Dancing stars.

It follows reports that Strictly pro dancers Nadiya Bychkova, Kai Widdrington and Giovanni Pernice could be in trouble with BBC bosses for breaking strict advertising rules.

According to the Sun, the broadcaster has launched a probe after Strictly performers previously agreed to take part and dance at parties which replicate the BBC show.

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The paper claimed that the dancers could be accidentally breaching BBC advertising rules by taking part in the events as they are not affiliated with the show.

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The BBC's policy states: "Actors and artists who perform in BBC output should not appear in promotional work, including advertisements, in a way which mimics or replicates their on-air roles for the BBC."

However, GB News presenter Eamonn wasn't pleased with the alleged rules as he didn't think they were fair on the dancers.

Speaking on his GB News show on Monday (August 22), Eamonn said: "Then there’s these stupid rules, there’s a story in The Sun today. The headline is ‘Strictly against the rules’."

The host was upset with the BBC as he felt they were putting dancers at a disadvantage by limiting their appearances outside of the series.

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He said: "Basically, if you’re a dancer, if you’re a judge… and obviously that’s what you do for a living."

"And you’re asked to appear on a cruise ship or a hotel, or whatever, with some sort of demonstration, the Beeb are saying these are against our rules and you can’t really do that."

Eamonn went on: "Well, you sort of think, ‘Well, look, I’m a dancer. That’s what I do'.

"They get paid comparatively little to do what they do on Strictly, and that’s how they make their money."

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He proceeded to quip that dancers should form a union to protect their livelihoods, adding: "That’s why I think they should have a union, they should have a dancers’ union!"

Apparently, judge Anton Du Beke has also been booked to feature on some of these events taking place across the country that may have fallen foul of guidelines.

Its believed other three other Strictly stars, Amy Dowden, Gorka Marquez and Karen Hauer, are also tipped to appear at the events.

The Sun reported past contestants such as Nick Knowles and Stacey Dooley were penalised by the corporation after breaching rules.

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Donahey's has advertised three-night resort breaks at Alton Towers and Celtic Manor boasting performances from the ballroom stars.

According to the Alton Towers website, fans of the show can "Spend the weekend with your favourite stars of Strictly Come Dancing at the fabulous Alton Towers Resort Hotel."

The advert continues: "Enjoy 3 days of spectacular dance showcases as the Strictly Stars perform up close & personal for a truly intimate experience unlike any other – learn to dance with them, plus hear all about their Strictly journeys."

Although Donahey's state the events are not endorsed or associated with the BBC, guests can also get access to "Exclusive ‘Red Carpet Strictly Photo Calls" as part of the event.

The BBC declined to comment.

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