The Strictly Come Dancing contestants gave it their all during week 10 of the competition as they fought to secure a place in the quarter-final.
Ellie Taylor became the ninth celebrity to leave the competition, missing out on a place in musicals week, after failing to impress the judges.
When asked by host Tess Daly whether the competition had been everything she had expected, she said: “It has and it’s been, I’m going to be a cliche machine now, but it’s been everything and more.”
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Following the public vote on Saturday, Taylor, 38, found herself up against Fleur East in the dance-off.
Taylor took to the floor to perform the jive to Brown Eyed Girl by Van Morrison with her professional partner Johannes Radebe.
After struggling to impress the judges with her Thelma & Louise-themed performance during Saturday night’s live edition of the BBC One show, Taylor once again left them feeling underwhelmed.
Singer and radio host East, 35, performed the rumba to Too Lost In You by the Sugababes with her partner Vito Coppola, and the judges then delivered their verdicts.
Craig Revel Horwood opted to save East, saying: “Based purely on the technique alone I would like to save Fleur and Vito.”
Motsi Mabuse agreed, and added: “First of all I would like to say that both couples performed really, really well, also for me the technical aspect was very important, so I’m going to save Fleur and Vito.”
Anton Du Beke also chose to save East but praised Taylor for her efforts: “I’d just like to say congratulations to both couples for getting this far into the competition.
“Both danced marvellously. I thought Ellie danced a great performance in your jive. And Fleur I thought yourtechnique was strong and your performance was powerful, and I’d like to save Fleur and Vito.”
With three votes for East and Coppola it was confirmed Taylor would be heading home, but head judge Shirley Ballas did also confirm she would have chosen to save East.
She said: “Both couples danced exceptionally well but on this occasion, down to the technique qualities, I’d have saved Fleur and Vito.”
When asked by host Tess Daly whether the competition had been everything she had expected, Taylor said: “It has and it’s been, I’m going to be a cliché machine now, but it’s been everything and more.
“I never in a million years expected to be in for this long and to experience it so fully.
“Strictly is about dancing but it’s also about the people, and every part of this show from the top to bottom, from the execs to the make-up, to the hair to the costumes, to the sets to the band, to my fellow celebs and the dancers – even some of the judges have been all right.
“It’s been an absolute privilege to become part of the Strictly alumni and I’ve really, really loved it.”
Addressing his partner, Radebe added: “Oh my goodness – it’s been a pleasure, treasure, that’s our thing.
“Ellie Taylor, moving forward, embrace your weird. Embrace your long limbs, because you are one gorgeous person. So thank you for everything, you know my heart, thank you.”
Sunday’s results show opened with a colourful number by the Strictly professionals to Lizzo’s 2 Be Loved (Am I Ready), and also saw a performance by Tom Grennan of his hit single with Joel Corry, Lionheart.
Results in full
- Will Mellor and Nancy Xu – 38
- Hamza Yasin and Jowita Przystal – 37
- Fleur East and Vita Coppola – 35
- Molly Rainford and Carlos Gu – 35
- Helen Skelton and Gorka Marquez – 29
- Ellie Taylor and Johannes Radebe – 25
Who has been voted off the show so far?
- Week 2 Kaye Adams and Kai Widdrington
- Week 3 Richie Anderson and Giovanni Pernice
- Week 4 Matt Goss and Nadiya Bychkova
- Week 5 Jayde Adams and Karen Hauer
- Week 6 James Bye and Amy Dowden
- Week 7 Ellie Simmonds and Nikita Kuzmin
- Week 8 Tony Adams and Katya Jones
- Week 9 Tyler West and Dianne Buswell