Strictly Come Dancing viewers baffled by new backstage feature ‘Not adding anything’

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BBC viewers finally got to see this year’s 12 professional dancers take to the floor for their first routines of the series after months of waiting patiently for the comeback of Strictly Come Dancing. However, with some parts of the show looking a little bit different this year, one aspect, in particular, which sparked a reaction from viewers was a new action replay system. This came into play after the couples had received feedback from the judges – but fans were left unsure how they felt about the change. 

Last night’s programme was a huge hit with viewers who were desperate to have some sparkle back on their Saturday nights.

The 12 celebrities each fared very differently, with HRVY topping the leaderboard after a sensational Jive.

Of course, with the programme making a few subtle changes this year, there were other aspects of the live event which left those at home distracted.

And one thing which became a talking point was the new slow motion-style feature, which saw moments of each couple’s routine replayed just before they went for their debrief chat.

Long-term fans of the show will know couples are usually seen running up to the so-called “Clauditorium” straight after their routines to greet their fellow contestants.

However, last night’s opener saw the seconds in between filled slightly differently. 

And viewers soon commented on the change to proceedings, with some even comparing it with the VAR feature used in football. 

Taking to Twitter, one shared: “This replay thing after they’ve danced is like VAR #Strictly #StrictlyVAR.”

Another queried: “What’s with the @bbcstrictly #VAR feature after every dance this evening? An interesting new development for the new series #Strictly.”

“This slow-motion replay thing is really weird but it’s going to be really useful later on #Strictly,” said a third.

A fourth commented: “What on earth has Strictly done this year! What is this awkward gladiators style slow-mo replay after the dance! #Strictly.”

Another joked: “The mini replay is a good idea but the swooshing sound of the Glitterball graphic sounds like they’re about to announce a flash sale on Price Drop TV. #strictly.”

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Another added: “What happens between the top of the stairs and Claudia’s screen that means we need those odd replays? Not adding anything for me #Strictly.”

Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the competitors aren’t able to join their fellow couples after they’ve performed as usual. 

The couples are usually waiting in the wings to greet the dancers as they cause mischief up in Claudia’s balcony. 

And this didn’t go unnoticed by viewers, with one sharing: “I miss the absolute lunacy of Claudia’s balcony! All the gang roaring and screeching around the place #strictly.”

“I miss the dancers all hanging out with Claudia upstairs, causing mischief in the background #strictlycovid #Strictly,” said another.

A third added: “Awww, and then it’s weird the rest of the dancers aren’t there to greet the performers with Claudia. Will miss Janette’s crazy faces and antics up in the balcony. This is gonna take a lot of getting used to #Strictly #SCD2020.”

As well as HRVY, other stars who impressed were Maisie Smith, who scored 24 points for her sizzling Samba and Caroline Quentin – who wowed with her American Smooth. 

But who will be the first to have to wave goodbye to the competition in next weekend’s first public vote?

Strictly Come Dancing returns Saturday at 7:15pm on BBC One. 

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