Strictly Come Dancing Professional Defends Joe Sugg Amid Backlash
21 August 2018, 15:42
Since being revealed as a contestant on 2018's season of Strictly Come Dancing, Joe Sugg has faced backlash from long-time fans of the show, who don't believe being a "YouTuber" is showbiz enough to be on the show.
I try so hard to keep an open mind with who's going on Strictly this year but... to me a Youtuber isn't a celebrity, it takes no skill, it's ridiculous 😞— Kerry 💖 (@AlouderKiwi91) August 14, 2018
But while some "Strictly" fans might not be thrilled with Joe's casting, a former Strictly professional dancer has come to Joe's defence, telling older fans of the show to basically get a grip.
While Robin Windsor, who appeared on the show from 2010-14, didn't actually know who Joe was himself, he said it was "quite disappointing seeing such negativity regarding the Strictly line up," admitting that he had to look up one of his partners during his time on the series.
It’s quite disappointing seeing such negativity regarding the @bbcstrictly line up - chances of us knowing all of them are pretty slim. I’ve not known all of them in any series - I actually even had to google one of my partners I danced with on the show!— Robin Windsor (@Robinwindsor) August 16, 2018
Continuing, he told fans, "Unless we watched every TV show possible in the last 20 years and read every mag etc. there's always gonna be [a "Strictly" contestant] we personally don't know of. The spectrum of contestants is to appeal to all generations and demographics and this year so far so good.
Unless we watched every TV show possible the last 20 years and read every mag etc there’s always gonna be @bbcstrictly we personally don’t know of. The spectrum of contestants is to appeal to all generations and demographics and this year so far so good :)— Robin Windsor (@Robinwindsor) August 14, 2018
You tell 'em, Robin!
The backlash hasn't stopped Joe preparing for his big reality TV debut, although he says it's "still not sunk in yet" that he's appearing on the show. Better get it sunk in quick, Joe; the first episode is airs on BBC 1 on September 9th!