Strictly: Claudia and Tess open show
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Adam Peaty and Katya Jones were eliminated from Strictly Come Dancing on Sunday after losing out in the dreaded dance-off to Tilly Ramsay and Nikita Kuzmin. Ballroom and Latin dancer Katya was devastated for her partner and praised his hard work in the competition as the Olympic swimmer struggled to hold back tears.
Katya and the Olympian were first to dance again and aimed to impress with their Jive to Little Bitty Pretty One by Frankie Lymon and The Teenagers.
Tilly and Nikita then performed their Tango to Kings and Queens by Ava Max.
Craig Revel Horwood, Motsbi Mabuse and Anton Du Beke voted to save Tilly while head judge Shirley Ballas would have saved Adam.
When asked by Tess about his Strictly journey, Adam said: “I have absolutely loved every single challenge. I’ve never had a challenge like this.”
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“As an Olympian for 16 years, I’ve pushed my body to places that I never thought it could be pushed,” he continued.
“This is just a whole new ballgame and I’ve got so much respect for everyone that dances across the world and to all of these contestants and pros that put themselves on the line every single week, it’s just been a great experience.”
“I just want to say thank you to Katya, everyone behind the scenes, all the judges, wardrobe, make-up artists… absolutely everyone.”
Katya added: “I was not ready to be in this position today. But looking back, this is you, you have done all of this.”
“None of us expected you to come from the Olympics,” she shared.
“After the dance-off, I looked at him and he had tears in his eyes.
“Someone who’s an absolute unbeatable machine that we see defending his titles for seven years non-stop, being emotional about dancing.
“I really think you deserve a lot more appreciation for what you’ve done and I was not ready for this.”
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Adam and Katya found themselves at the bottom of the judges’ leaderboard on Saturday night.
However, Craig, Motsi and Anton admitted they found the dance-off extremely tough.
Explaining his decision, Craig noted: “Firstly, I wouldn’t have put these couples in the bottom. That’s just me personally, but seeing they are there and I’ve got to choose, I’m finding it really difficult tonight and this isn’t like me.
“But for the reason of a better dancer and a better dance off scenario, I’m going to choose to save Nikita and Tilly.”
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Motsi explained: “I mean, it has been a tough competition. All the couples have performed really, really well.
“One of the biggest lessons I’ve ever learned while judging is music is key, and I think the couple for me that was more sound to the music is going to be Tilly and Nikita.”
”Well, this was a great dance-off,” Anton said. “I’m delighted for both couples performing that well in the dance-off. If you have a dance-off, you want both people to dance really, really well and they both did.
“I found it so equal I was desperate for something to happen to make me choose and there was a moment in one of the dances that made me decide and that was Tilly and Nikita.”
Strictly Come Dancing continues on BBC One on Saturday at 6.40pm.
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