Strictly Come Dancing Professional Defends Joe Sugg Amid Backlash

21 August 2018, 15:42

Joe Sugg
Joe Sugg. Picture: Stuart C. Wilson / Stringer

By Josh Lee

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.

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.

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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.

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.

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!