Strictly star Vick Hope denies claims she’s been ‘banned’ from BBC

She left the competition at the weekend

Strictly Come Dancing star Vick Hope’s rep has denied claims she could be ‘banned’ from the BBC for comments she made following her elimination from the show.

Vick and her pro partner Graziano di Prima were booted off the competition on Sunday night, and Vick later raised eyebrows with some remarks she made about the judges.

Sources even alleged to The Sun that Vick could be ‘banned’ from future BBC appearances over the comments.

Vick Hope Strictly Come Dancing
A rep for Vick has denied she’s been ‘banned’ from the BBC (Credit: BBC)

A source told The Sun: “As a TV hopeful it was a pretty stupid thing to do. Execs are less than impressed. She’s come across as a bad loser when they’ve done so much to support her. The Beeb won’t be having her back.”

However, a representative for Vick told the Chronicle Live: “Vick Hope has not been banned from the BBC or any of its shows; they have, and continue to have a great working relationship.”

ED! has contacted Vick’s representatives and a spokesperson for Strictly for further comment.

Vick had claimed after her exit she saw producers and judges chatting before the dance-off votes were made, which led to questions over whether the vote-off was ‘fixed’.

Read more: Strictly’s Graziano Di Prima dismisses Vick Hope’s claim about Shirley Ballas

Speaking on her Capital Radio show on Monday, Vick told listeners: “It was very strange – so after the dance off the judges have to give their decisions but there was a bit of a conflab with some producers and then they gave their decisions, and it was just stunned silence in the studio, it was a really weird atmosphere.”

A spokesperson for Strictly denied claims that producers told the judges how to vote on Vick’s dance-off with fellow contestant Seann Walsh, calling it “categorically untrue”.

Vicky also said that head judge Shirley Ballas appeared to have “relished” in criticising her performances on the dance floor.

Vick claimed that Shirley “relished” criticising her performances (Credit: ITV)

When asked by her Capital FM co-star Ronan Kemp if she believes Shirley didn’t like her, Vick added: “I think I’ve gotta be careful what I say here, because you never know what someone’s thinking.

“And it was from week one that people were suggesting there was something there, I don’t know. It’s been consistent and Saturday night I really felt it was just weird, wasn’t it?

“I’d never really been spoken to like that. She really relished in it.”

But Vick’s pro partner Graziano has come out to say he didn’t agree with Vick’s comments and called Shirley an “amazing teacher”.

Vick Hope and Graziano DiPrima, The National Lottery Awards 2018, Television Centre, London UK, 21 September 2018, Photo by Brett D. Cove
A report claimed Vick had been ‘banned’ from the BBC over comments she made after her elimination (Credit: Brett D Cove/

During an appearance on Strictly’s spin-off It Takes Two on Monday night, Vick said she had been “gutted” to be voted off but respected the judges decision.

She added: “I understand this is how the show works and I will do everything I can with this brilliant platform. This was a brilliant opportunity.”

Read more: Strictly Come Dancing: Vick Hope is out and leaves the dance floor

Vick and Latin and ballroom dancer Graziano left the competition after being left at the bottom of the leaderboard on Saturday night after the judges gave the pair a score of 20 for their Cha Cha.

Strictly continues Saturday night on BBC One.

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Rebecca Carter
Associate Editor (News)