Could she be having a dig at The X Factor?

Strictly Come Dancing trounced The X Factor in ratings this year, and presenter Tess Daly reckons she knows why.

‘It boils down to people believing in the show,’ she says.

‘They understand it’s not manipulated.

‘The judges tend to be fair and at least they’re not produced like judges on other shows.’

Whoever can she be referring to?

Tess, 43,  tells the Daily Mirror she ‘can’t call it’ when it comes to predicting who is going to win the BBC show this year as competition is so tight.

The finalists are Denise Van Outen,  38, Louis Smith, 23, Kimberley Walsh, 31, and Dani Harmer, 23.

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