Strictly dancers reportedly want YouTubers banned after Joe Sugg's success

27 March 2019, 12:01

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Benedict Townsend

By Benedict Townsend

The professional Strictly dancers are apparently unhappy with the 'unfair advantage' that social media stars bring to the show.

Professional dancers on Strictly Come Dancing have reportedly called for a ban on YouTubers after Joe Sugg's whirlwind success on the show.

Despite Joe not actually winning the show, some apparently still feel it was unfair that he was able to call on his millions of existing fans when it came to voting time.

The Sun reports that the show’s professional dancers, who teach the celebs to dance, have asked BBC bosses to ban online stars because they feel they have 'an unfair advantage'.

During the public votes on the show, Joe had an army of over eight million YouTubers subscribers and five million Instagram followers who he could ask to vote for him (as well as his sister Zoe's millions of fans too.) This helped him progress all the way to the final, even though some felt he was not the best dancer in a technical sense.

A source told The Sun:

“Joe’s huge popularity caused some tension last year after he was being voted to stay in the show each week. He wasn’t the best dancer, so his place on the show was purely based on his fanbase."

"Now the pros are going to unite and ask for no social media personalities for a year, to give everyone a level playing field. The professionals talk regularly discuss on different points relating to the show and this has been a hot topic.”

Joe Sugg did not win the competition but he did, in his own words, win "something a million times more special", namely a relationship that developed on the show between him and his and dance partner Dianne Buswell.

The pair have become YouTube's new hottest couple and have had a hell of a year, going on luxurious double dates with his sister Zoe Sugg and her boyfriend Alfie Deyes. Dianne has also recently followed Joe's lead and started her very own YouTube channel.