This video shows dancers on a UK television talent show
A video has been viewed thousands of times in multiple posts on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube alongside a claim it shows a performance by robot dancers at Shanghai Disneyland. The claim is false; the video actually shows a 2013 performance from competitors in BBC talent show Strictly Come Dancing.
The video was published here on Facebook on September 16, 2020.
The one-minute, 37-second video shows two dancers waltzing to the song Delilah by Tom Jones.
The caption reads: “ROBOTS are DANCING. This classical dance was created in China and broadcast at Shanghai Disneyland. They are not dance artists, but robots made in China. The performance time is only about 5 minutes, but the waiting time for tickets is 4 hours, and the ticket price is 499 yuan. It is more complex than Japan and has perfect facial expressions. Send this video out for everyone to watch and let us enjoy it together. Both dancers are robots. They are so realistic that they cannot be distinguished …”
Shanghai Disneyland refers to the Shanghai Disney Resort, a theme park which is a joint venture between US-based conglomerate, The Walt Disney Company and Chinese state-run company, Shanghai Shendi (Group).
The claim is false.
A reverse image search using keyframes generated using digital verification tool InVID-WeVerify, followed by a keyword search on YouTube, found the same video published on the BBC’s official YouTube channel on December 7, 2013. The video shows the BBC One watermark in the top left-hand corner of the video.
The YouTube video's title reads: “Abbey Clancy & Aljaz dance the Viennesse Waltz to 'Delilah' - Strictly Come Dancing - BBC One”.
Strictly Come Dancing is a popular UK television programme in which celebrities are paired with professional dancers as part of a dance competition.
Clancy and Skorjanec performed the Viennese waltz to Tom Jones’ Delilah in the quarter final week of the series in 2013. It was aired on December 7, 2013.
Below is a screenshot of the video in the misleading Facebook post (L) and the YouTube video (R):
This video shows dancing robots that were recently put on show in China.