Strictly Come Dancing: Blackpool week sees 9th celebrity voted out

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21 Nov 2022, 08:42

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This weekend another celebrity contestant left the competition after performing in the infamous Blackpool Tower Ballroom.

In the latest episode of the hit BBC show, radio DJ Tyler West and his professional partner Dianne Buswell became the 9th couple to leave the competition after going up against Molly Rainford and her partner Carlos Gu in the dance-off.

On Saturday (19th November), Tyler and Dianne performed a salsa to a KC and the Sunshine Band mega mix, which landed them a respectable 35 points on the leaderboard- but it wasn’t enough to keep them safe for another week.

After performing again in the dance-off, with Molly dancing the Jive to Bandstand by Barry Manilow, three judges decided to save Molly, with only Anton Du Beke voting for Tyler and Dianne.

When casting his vote, Anton said: "This is a testament to how incredible all the couples are, at this point of the competition. We have a situation here, where neither of these couples in competition deserves to be here, whereas they could have easily made the final.

"For me, brilliant performance by both the couples, but one of them was more dynamic, the couple I would like to save is Tyler and Dianne."

It came down to head judge Shirley Ballas to cast the deciding vote, and she added at the time: “Well, I agree with my fellow judges, this is probably one of the most difficult dance off’s that we’ve ever had to choose.

"Both couples were outstanding, both improved their performances, but I am going to go with what I believe in, and that is a quality of movement and precision in partnering, and I am going to go with Molly and Carlos."

Sadly, this meant we would be saying goodbye to Tyler and Dianne and when asked about his time on the show by host Tess, Tyler admitted it had “changed [his] life”.

He added about his dance partner: "This girl here has changed my life for sure. To think I was some shy kid who never used to talk to anyone, to dance in front of millions, I can’t put it into words. It’s my mum’s favourite show, I bought her to Blackpool, my nan bless her was always watching over me on this journey.

"But more importantly, this show has changed my life in the sense it’s given me confidence, a newfound family, every dancer, everyone in hair and make-up, costume. The judges, it’s been amazing to dance in front of you every week, I genuinely mean that.

"But this girl here, I have been blessed with the best, she is what Strictly is about and she’s changed my life, I have no doubt she will be in my life forever."

Strictly Come Dancing airs on Saturdays and Sundays on BBC One.