Jeremy Vine says “something’s going badly wrong” for the men on Strictly

“Hopefully it doesn’t come our way,” says Jeremy’s professional dance partner Karen Clifton as just three men remain in the competition

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Broadcaster Jeremy Vine admits “something’s going badly wrong” for the men on Strictly Come Dancing as just three remain in the competition.

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Yes, four weeks of dance-offs have seen four men sent packing, with all eight of the original female competitors still safely in the competition. But the broadcaster and his partner Karen Clifton are hoping they’re not going to follow suit and be next out of the ballroom.

“I don’t know what it is. One after the other, it was Iwan [Thomas], Anthony [Ogogo], Daniel [O’Donnell] and then Ainsley [Harriott]. I can’t explain it, it’s just one of those things. It is just a run of bad luck.”

“Hopefully it doesn’t come our way,” added Jeremy’s pro partner Karen Clifton as they prepare to dance a Salsa to Michael Jackson’s Thriller this Halloween weekend.

Jeremy doesn’t expect the recent results to affect how the public vote this weekend, however.

“I don’t think the viewers will say ‘We now need to save the men’. Similarly, I don’t think originally they started saying ‘We need to vote the men out’. I don’t think it’s like that. I think it’s just the way the cards have fallen.”

Jeremy has revealed that the show itself will make a nod to the developments this weekend.

“They’ve got three cauldrons set up as if we are trying to cast a spell over the girls. The show has embraced the storyline.”

Of the three remaining male celebrities, he added: “Jay [McGuiness] and Peter [Andre] are extremely good, so whatever happens to me in the contest they will be defending themselves for quite some time to come.”

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Strictly Come Dancing continues Saturday at 6:35pm on BBC1