Ellie Taylor and Johannes Radebe became the ninth dance partnership to be voted off Strictly Come Dancing on Sunday evening.
The Ted Lasso actress, 38, and professional dancer, 35, missed out on a place on next week’s show after going up against Fleur East and Vito Coppola in the dance-off.
During Saturday’s show, Ellie found herself at the bottom of the rankings after receiving just five out of ten points from judge Craig Revel Horwood.
Bye! Ellie Taylor and Johannes Radebe became the ninth dance partnership to be voted off Strictly Come Dancing on Sunday evening
After landing in the bottom two, Ellie performed Van Morrison’s heir Jive to Brown Eyed Girl in a bid to stay in the competition.
However, the judges, Craig Revel Horwood, Motsi Mabuse and Anton du Beke voted unanimously to save Fleur and Vito after they performed their Rumba to Too Lost in You by the Sugababes.
After both couples had danced a second time, the judges announced their verdicts.
Craig chose to save Fleur and Vito, explaining, “Based on technique alone, I’d like to save Fleur and Vito.”
She’s out: The Ted Lasso actress, 38, and professional dancer, 35, missed out on a place on next week’s show after going up against Fleur East and Vito Coppola at the dance .
Motsi also chose to save the couple and said: “First of all I would like to say that both couples performed very well, also for me the technical aspect was very important, so I will save Fleur and Vito” .
Anton added: “Well I’d just like to congratulate both couples for making it this far in the competition. They both danced wonderfully. I thought Ellie did a great job on your Jive. And Fleur I thought that your technique was strong and your performance powerful, and I would like to save Fleur and Vito.
With three votes for Fleur and Vito, it meant they had won the majority vote and would remain in the competition regardless, but head judge Shirley Ballas said she would have decided to save Fleur and Vito as well.
Vote Off: However, the judges, Craig Revel Horwood, Motsi Mabuse and Anton du Beke voted unanimously to save Fleur and Vito after doing their Rumba in Too Lost.
Shirley said: “Both couples danced exceptionally well, but on this occasion the qualities of the technique would have saved Fleur and Vito.”
Asked by Tess if it had been everything she hoped for, Ellie said: “It has been and it has 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 so much time and live it so fully.
“It’s strictly about the dancing, but it’s also about the people, and every part of this show from top to bottom, from the executives to the make-up, to the hair to the costumes, the sets to the band, to my mates. celebs and dancers, even some of the judges have been good! It’s been an absolute privilege to be part of the Strictly alumni and I’ve really enjoyed it.”
Oh! During Saturday’s show, Ellie found herself at the bottom of the rankings after receiving just five out of ten points from judge Craig Revel Horwood.
Asked about her special relationship with Johannes, Ellie said: “We had a lot of fun. And to borrow an antonym, let me tell you about you Johannes Radebe. You [Johannes] they are as wonderful as everyone said they would be, and I said you are like the only human and you really are.
‘You see people and you saw me, at all times. I’ve been so worried and so out of my comfort zone and so aware and so weird and you said “hug your weird Ellie”. You did it wholeheartedly and without judgment.
“It’s been an absolute privilege to dance with you JoJo, I don’t know what’s going through your body but it’s not blood, it’s rhythm and it’s music, and watching you perform is amazing.”
Dancing Her Socks Off: After landing in the bottom two, Ellie performed the Heir Jive to Van Morrison’s Brown Eyed Girl in an attempt to stay in the competition.
Sure: Craig chose to save Fleur and Vito, explaining, “Based on technique alone, I’d like to save Fleur and Vito.”
Asked if he had any words for his partner, Johannes said: “Oh my God, it’s been a pleasure, a treasure, this is ours.” Ellie Taylor, moving forward, hug your stranger! Embrace your long limbs, because you are a gorgeous person. So thank you for everything, you know my heart, thank you.’
The show opened with a colorful routine from the Strictly pros to Lizzo’s 2 Be Loved (Am I Ready) and Tom Grennan performed his single hit with Joel Corry, Lionheart.
During Saturday’s show, comedian Ellie busted a spirited move with partner Johannes, but failed to impress notoriously strict judge Craig, who gave the dance a five out of ten.
Although he managed to erase the score by joking: “At least it wasn’t a four”, many fans took to social media to share their anger at the harsh score.
‘At least it wasn’t a four!’: During Saturday’s show, comedian Ellie had a spirited romp with partner Johannes, but failed to impress notoriously strict judge Craig.
Ellie and Johannes took to the dance floor in matching pink plaid shirts for the fun performance.
But after opening up the comments, Craig said: “You got off on the wrong foot, I’m afraid that was lackluster.”
Motsi Mabuse told them: “You guys had fun with the Jive. I like the whole look of it. I have two sections for you, I have the performance which I think improves and then I have the technique… you had the taste of the Jive that goes be pleasant to see’.
While head judge Shirley Ballas had her reservations about Ellie’s technique, as she told the comedian: “I loved the subject, I thought the storytelling was good, but for me, the technique was lose completely
Not a fan: “You got off on the wrong foot, I’m afraid that was lackluster,” Craig said as he scored the performance.
It’s time to tour! The comedian rocked it with pal Johannes, as they donned matching pink check shirts.
“It looked quite heavy and a bit flat. No mistake, your personality is exquisite but, in week 10, I want a bit of both if we can.’
On a more positive note, Anton added: “I love the way you do your numbers. You could be a musical theater star, you have great characterization… I thought it was wonderful, well done.’
Giving their scores, Craig offered five, Shirley gave six, while both Motsi and Anton gave seven, for a total of 25, leaving them at the bottom of the leaderboard.
Disappointing: In giving their score, Craig offered five, Shirley gave six, while both Motsi and Shirley gave seven, for a total of 25, leaving them at the bottom of the leaderboard.
“At least it wasn’t a four,” replied Ellie, who had covered her eyes and buried her head in Johannes’ chest during the score.
Although the star, who has previously found herself at the bottom of the rankings, seemed able to laugh off the disappointing comments, many viewers were not as forgiving as they took to social media.
“I don’t care what the judges say / I liked Ellie and Johannes’ game – it was camp, cute and they had fun,” wrote one fan.
While many fought Ellie and Helen Skelton’s corner (who also received a high five from the judge), with one viewer writing: “Craig is being ridiculous.” Neither Ellie nor Helen should have gotten a 5′.
Outrage: While the star seemed able to laugh off the disappointing comments, many viewers weren’t as forgiving as they took to social media.
“There was no way a 5 could tell who Craig wants to go home with, Helen or Ellie, totally underrated,” joked another.
Elsewhere on the show, Will Mellor topped the standings scoring 38 out of a possible 40 points with his impressive Charleston.
And one pair of dancers will only miss next week’s semi-final as the show returns tomorrow, Sunday November 27, to announce the result of the public vote and send one celebrity home.
The remaining six couples will take to the dance floor next week when Strictly Come Dancing airs live on Friday 2 December at 8pm, with the results shown on Saturday 3 December on BBC One and BBC iPlayer.
STRICTLY COME DANCING: WEEK 10 LEADER
Will Mellor and Nancy Xu – 38 points
Hamza Yassin and Jowita Przystal – 37 points
Molly Rainford and Carlos Gu – 35 points
Fleur East and Vito Coppola – 35 points
Helen Skelton and Gorka Marquez – 29 points
Ellie Taylor and Johannes Radebe – 25 points