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    Posted: 10 Sep 2010 at 11:56
Strictly flops on day one



By COLIN ROBERTSON

Published: Today

BOSSES were forced to fill the audience for the launch show of Strictly Come Dancing with Beeb staff - after fans given free tickets snubbed it.

Producers were left red-faced after under HALF the intended audience turned up for the show's filming in London on Wednesday.

They had dished out 600 free tickets to try and ensure they got the 478 people needed for a full house.

But only 205 showed up to see the first turn of the new cast, including Ann Widdecombe, Tina O'Brien and Kara Tointon.

In a last minute bid to avoid empty seats, Strictly producers emailed Beeb staff begging them to come to the recording.

The message said: "Although we issued 600 tickets for today's launch we've only had 205 members of the public turn up.

"We need 478! If any of you would like to be part of the studio audience, please go to the foyer."

An insider said that although 86,000 people had applied for tickets to the show, bosses only sent 600 out.

The earlier Tube strike in London is thought to have put some people off travelling.



Read more: http://www.thescottishsun.co.uk/scotsol/homepage/showbiz/tv/3132503/Beeb-fill-Strictly-audience-with-staff-after-fans-with-free-tickets-snub-it.html#ixzz0z7gsniiF

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