Tom Fletcher has become the eighth celebrity to be deleted from this year’s series of Strictly Come Dancing.
During Saturday night’s live show, the McFly singer and his specialized partner Amy Dowden received a slightly muted response for their associate’s Choice routine, inspired by the musical Les Misérables.
It was later revealed that Tom and Amy had landed in the bottom two for the first time, alongside Rhys Stephenson and Nancy Xu, whose Jive also received a mixed reaction.
After each associate danced for the second time, the panel ultimately decided to save the CBBC presenter, meaning it was Tom’s time to leave the ballroom for good.
Guest estimate Cynthia Erivo said: “This was really tough, I think both couples did such a beautiful job, but there was just an edge in [Rhys and Nancy’s] dance.”
Motsi Mabuse agreed it was a difficult choice, describing the vote as the “toughest I have seen since I’ve been here”.
“But there was a clear fighter,” she additional. “I did feel that Rhys and Nancy just put on another additional level so I’m going to save Rhys and Nancy.”
Anton Du Beke also voted to save Rhys and Nancy, telling them: “Tonight, both couples danced exquisitely but just a very slight edge goes to Rhys and Nancy.”
Because of the clean sweep, Shirley Ballas was not given an opportunity to vote, but admitted she would have opted to send Rhys and Nancy home, instead of Tom and Amy.
Tom said of his Strictly experience: “I’ve had the best time, I’ve loved every second of it.
“I’ve made the best friend in Amy – you’ve been amazing, thank you so much for teaching me how to dance, I know it was a struggle at times. It’s an amazing show, everyone that works on it, all of you guys have been amazing, I’ve loved getting to know you.
“Thank you so much, it’s been the best experience and I don’t regret a single minute of it, so thank you everyone so much. I’m gutted to leave.”
Amy then admitted she “really wasn’t ready for this”, saying: “I’ve loved every single second from the bottom of my heart. Who gets to say they got to go on tour with McFly?!
“Tom has given his all, and he is so humble, so genuine, so talented. The whole Fletcher family, they welcomed me in with open arms and honestly I couldn’t have wished for a better time.
“These memories are going to live with me for the rest of my life, and I’m telling you this now, the Fletchers are not getting rid of Amy.”
Just six couples now keep in the competition, ready to take to the floor once again when Strictly Come Dancing returns on Saturday night at 6.55pm on BBC One.
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