Sky One has apologised to viewers of its show Cirque de Celebrite after a "technical fault" this weekend.

The reality programme features celebrities training to perform an assortment of circus acts, with GMTV's Jenni Falconer on 'ring mistress' duties.

However, a mix-up with the voting system - viewers can decide which contestant they wish to eliminate via phone or by pressing the red button on their remote control - resulted in ex-Wimbledon footballer Dean Holdsworth being voted off the show.

It has emerged that some of the votes for this Sunday's edition were not counted towards the final tally, leading to Holdsworth's reinstatement.

A statement from Sky's head of programme publicity, Richard Turner, confirmed the technical error.

"Sky is taking immediate action to remedy the situation," he said. "Voting in Cirque de Celebrite is all about enhancing the viewer experience and all revenues received by Sky as a result of the votes on the show go to charity."

He added: "All viewers who voted last night [Sunday October 7th] will be offered a full refund. In addition, Sky will donate an amount of money to charity that matches its total revenue from voting on yesterday's show."

"We would like to apologise to our viewers," Mr Turner concluded.

The show also features former boyband members Shane Lynch and Ritchie Neville.


09/10/2007 15:55:22