Joe Sugg fans are trying to exploit a loophole in Strictly Come Dancing’s voting system in order to swing the contest in his favour.
An online fan group claims to have found a way of registering votes from abroad – where YouTube star Sugg has millions of fans – and has published details of how to do it online.
Strictly only counts votes that have been cast from the UK, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man.
But the fansite, run via an Instagram account, has published a four-step instruction on how to vote from outside the UK as long as they have a BBC registration, according to The Daily Mirror.
It’s also posted screengrabs from fans who had reportedly been successful.
According to the BBC’s terms and conditions: “The BBC reserves the right to disqualify votes if it has reasonable grounds to suspect that fraudulent voting has occurred or if it considers there has been any deliberate attempt to manipulate the result.”
But the broadcaster has added that it is confident that its systems will prevent any fraudulent votes from slipping through.
“We regularly make updates to our technology to help prevent access to voting via the BBC website from outside the UK which breaks our voting terms and conditions,” it said in a statement.
“Our voting platforms are robust and we have stringent procedures in place as well as independent verification. Online voting requires a BBC log in and is freely available to users across the UK without a VPN.”
Sugg is almost neck and neck with Stacey Dooley at the bookies, with Stacey at 2/5 to win, and Joe at 9/4.
Faye Tozer is at 9/1, while Ashley Roberts, despite scoring highly all series, including bagging the first perfect 40 score, is at 33/1.
The final takes place this weekend.