"They want Nikita and Gorka GONE."
After surviving Strictly Come Dancing‘s dreaded dance-off, Nikita Kanda is set for Movie Week. But fans believe the BBC show is setting her up “for failure”.
The BBC Asian Network presenter and her dance partner Gorka Marquez were in the bottom two after their first two dance performances.
But they were saved, leaving Les Dennis and Nancy Xu exiting the competition.
It has been revealed that Nikita and Gorka will be performing the notoriously tough jive to ‘Kids in America’ from the 1990s cult classic Clueless.
However, the dance selection has been questioned by BBC viewers who have been wondering if the judges have it in for Nikita.
One person said: “Nikita and Gorka couldn’t have a worse dance following a dance-off for someone who isn’t naturally a good dancer.”
Also hitting out at the decision, another wrote:
“Think they’ve stitched up Gorka good and proper this year.”
A third added: “We need a miracle really for them to make it to week 4.”
Theorising that the makers want the pair gone, one person said:
“They want Nikita and Gorka GONE.”
One comment read: “I feel like Nikita is being set up for a fall. Two difficult routines for the first two weeks and a horrible song choice for the Charleston.
“I hope she gets through. She isn’t the worst dancer and she shows so much potential. Gorka is a great pro for her.”
Showing sympathy for Nikita, a viewer wrote:
“Poor Nikita – a jive isn’t what you want after a knock to your confidence. Hopefully, they keep it simple and she smashes it.”
One comment read: “Nikita might as well start writing her exit speech now.
“If she can’t manage Charleston swivel I fear she’s got no chance on jive kicks and flicks.”
But one person did not believe the “sabotage” theories and said:
“I don’t think anyone is setting her up. She is just timid and heavy-footed in her dancing right.
“The almost 80-year-old woman dances with less effort than Nikita.”
Reacting to being in the bottom two, Nikita Kanda said:
“Hi everyone, just got back from training with Gorka and it has been so mental from the weekend – the Breakfast Show and training.
“I have actually got a bit of time to sit and talk – I haven’t done this for a while. It has been a lot. It’s quite overwhelming and I’ve been down and low.
“It wasn’t nice being in the bottom and in the dance off but I’m so grateful to be saved by the judges.
“I am so grateful to still be in the show and the competition. I’m working hard and I can’t wait for Strictly Movie Week.
“It’s my favourite week and I’m having the best time ever. I’ll do an Ask me Anything – I’ll put a box down here.”