Gavin Henson's Strictly smooch sparks fury

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 16 November 2010
Gavin Henson

Gavin Henson

Rugby star Gavin Henson's cheeky kiss with judge Bruno Tonioli on Saturday night's (13.11.10) 'Strictly Come Dancing' has sparked almost 80 complaints from viewers, who deem the smooch inappropriate

Gavin Henson's cheeky smooch with Bruno Tonioli on Saturday night's (13.11.10) 'Strictly Come Dancing' has sparked almost 80 viewer complaints.

The Welsh rugby star planted a huge kiss on the judge's lips at the start of his routine and while Bruno was thrilled, some viewers felt it was inappropriate and took to the internet to vent their fury.

One wrote: "I found the kiss totally wrong. Let's not forget it's supposed to be a family show."

However, a spokeswoman for the BBC One show defended the smooch, saying it was just a bit of harmless fun.

She said: "'Strictly' is an entertainment show and Gavin included the kiss to add humour to their quickstep - a dance that is known for being fun and cheeky.

"In the same way Patsy Kensit kissed Len Goodman a few weeks ago, Gavin was clearly overcome with affection for Bruno and couldn't resist."

Meanwhile, Gavin's fellow contestant Ann Widdecombe has injured her dance partner Anton De Beke by treading on his toe during their routine on Saturday night.

The former Conservative minister said: "I am a clodhopper."

However, Anton is expected to be fit for this week's show.

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