Former Strictly Come Dancing contestant Sunetra Sarker has had her say on the show’s apparent ‘racism row.’

The recent controversy was sparked when radio DJ Melvin Odoom, EastEnders star Tameka Empson and BBC’s Naga Munchetty left the competition in the first three weeks.

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Discussing the backlash Sunetra, 43, told us:

‘What because three people of colour have left on the trot? I think that’s a risky thing to start saying.’

‘The BBC are so PC and so aware of it, so the last thing they would have wanted is to lose their diversity image. I definitely don’t think that would be purposeful,’ the former Casualty actress, who danced with professional Brendan Cole in 2014, added.

Sunetra sings Strictly’s praises

Meanwhile, the star was quick to sing the praises of the hit show and this year’s talented line-up – even revealing who she’s backing to lift the coveted glitter ball.

‘It’s a hard year – I wouldn’t have liked to have been in it! I can’t say I’m just rooting for Brendan and Anastacia, because I love them all,’ Sunetra continued.

‘Kevin and Louise are brilliant, Alijaz and Daisy are fabulous and Anton has been brilliant with Lesley. I actually want Anton and Lesley to win – they are storming it!’

Will Sunetra’s prediction come true?

Sunetra is supporting the charity Sightsavers’ Specs Appeal auction of celebrity glasses. Visit Sightsavers.org/specsappeal before Monday 5 December to find out more.

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