Strictly Come Dancing star Anthony Ogogo claims decisions made by producers and harsh voting by the judges contributed to his exit from the show
Boxer Anthony Ogogo has come out fighting after becoming the second star to be voted off this year’s series of Strictly Come Dancing.
The boxing middleweight left the show last night after his Paso Doble to the Rocky theme tune failed to prove a hit with the judges and the voting public.
But 26-year-old Anthony has hit back at the result, claiming that decisions regarding his dance made over his head led to his early exit.
‘I actually had a feeling that yesterday’s song choice wasn’t the best,’ he told Digital Spy. ‘I’m a boxer, it’s Movie Week, let’s do Rocky – I do get it.
‘But at 6.30 on a Saturday evening, it’s a family show and there’s me with a sour face in front of the camera. It looks quite aggressive. But that’s the routine the production wanted us to have.
He went on to say: ‘I’m a big James Bond fan, I’d have much rather have done a James Bond number or a Disney number, something family-orientated. But production were very adamant that I had to do this.’
Anthony also revealed that he found it difficult competing with stars such as The Wanted’s Jay McGuiness or popstar Peter Andre because of their substantial dancing experience.
‘I think when you’re up against Jay McGuiness who’s done ballet, and Helen George who’s done ballet, and Peter Andre who’s been a popstar, it’s very, very hard to compete with those guys,’ he said.
Anthony added: ‘People want to see entertaining dancers, people want to see people doing well, but I think people also like to see a good journey and I think each dance I have got better.
‘By week five, week six, people would have been able to appreciate the full journey from never dancing before, week one doing a jive, to week six doing whatever I was going to do.’
And Anthony went on to say he thought the Strictly judges – Len Goodman, Craig Revel Horwood, Bruno Tonioli and Darcey Bussell – were particularly hard on him and his dance partner, Oti Mabuse.
‘I do think the judges were quite critical of me. From the first week, I think I was scored quite harshly,’ he said, adding that he felt the judges never highlighted his improvements and just found things to criticise.
‘In my opinion, when other dancers weren’t as technically brilliant as Helen George or Jay McGuiness, they’d attack it with strength, power, energy and enthusiasm,’ he said. ‘They were getting, ‘Well done, it was good, you brought the energy’.
‘Whereas if I did the same thing it was, ‘Your feet weren’t good enough, your hands are wrong and your arms are wrong’. I couldn’t really win.’
Anthony also revealed he’d like to go a few rounds with Len, Craig and Bruno after they all failed to say goodbye to him following his departure.
He said: ‘Of all the judges, Darcey came over to me and said, ‘You did really well, you’re too good to go out on week three’. The other three all just buggered off!
‘They didn’t even say bye or well done or anything! So I’ll take on all three of them.’