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Strictly Come Dancing voting results – will the full results be revealed and how are the final scores calculated?

Here's all you need to know about the 2017 final results and how it's calculated…

Who came second place in Strictly Come Dancing 2017?

The BBC were reportedly given 35 days to release detailed voting statistics after a legal request was submitted by a viewer under the Freedom of Information Act.

Typically, Strictly Come Dancing only crowns the winner out of the four finalists, leaving the others all with a "runner-up" title.

Debbie McGee, Alexandra Burke and Gemma Atkinson lost out to series winner Joe McFadden.

Many fans – who had paid 15p a phone call to vote – became angry after the final in December, and some even suggested the results were a fix.

Will the BBC release the voting statistics?

It's looking unlikely that fans will get the answers they were looking for.

The BBC's statement on the official Strictly Come Dancing site reads: "We invite you to vote for the dancers that you liked best, based on their performance in each show and during the series.

"Releasing voting figures could affect the way that people vote, and also have an impact on the participants. We therefore do not disclose the exact voting figures."

It adds: "Although the BBC is subject to the Freedom of Information Act, information which is closely connected to our programme-making is not covered by the Act."

How are the votes calculated on Strictly Come Dancing?

Strictly Come Dancing results are calculated through a mix of audience vote and panel scores.

The four judges give points out of 10, with a maximum of 40. This is then placed on a leaderboard.

The BBC site claims: "These ranks are converted into points, with the highest scoring couple ranked first receiving a number of points equal to the number of couples."

A similar point system is used for the public vote – via online and phone services – which is then added to the points from the judges.

In the result of any tie in score – Head Judge Shirley Ballas decides who to save from participating in the dance-off. She also has the ultimate say in which of the bottom two couples stays, if the judges don't reach a unanimous decision.

Who will be on the Strictly judging panel in 2018?

Craig Revel Horwood has confirmed that the entire Strictly Come Dancing judging panel will be returning for the next series.

The dancer told The Express: "Yes, same judges. Shirley is back with us, which will be great."

"Bruno is back and being more Italian than ever. And of course the fabulous Darcey Bussell."

He continued: "I think it is a great team and it was really good last year, I can't wait to get back into it."

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