Strictly Come Dancing: Rhys Stephenson becomes eleventh celebrity eliminated

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Rhys Stephenson became the eleventh celebrity eliminated from Strictly Come Dancing as the presenter and his dance partner Nancy Xu were sent home on Sunday evening. 

The TV presenter, 28, was forced to perform in the dance off after landing in the bottom two alongside Great British Bake Off star John Whaite and Johannes Radebe

Both couples performed their chosen routines again with Rhys and Nancy Xu dancing their Samba to It Had Better Be Tonight (Meglio Stasera) by Michael Bublé.

End of the road: Rhys Stephenson became the eleventh celebrity eliminated from Strictly Come Dancing as he and his dance partner Nancy Xu were sent home on Sunday

Then, John and Johannes performed their Jive to Higher Power by Coldplay, in a bid to impress the judges and secure their place in the final.

After both couples had danced, the judges delivered their verdicts.

Craig Revel Horwood chose to save John and Johannes, saying: ‘In all the years I’ve been doing the show since 2004, I really do not want to make this decision tonight.

‘This has been one of the most amazing dance offs I’ve ever witnessed. Both couples are equal and both couples deserve to go through and I just want to put both couples through. I know I’m not allowed to do that so I have to choose. 

Sent home: The TV presenter, 28, landed in the bottom two alongside Great British Bake Off star John Whaite and Johannes Radebe

‘I’m going on the technical side and it’s to do with clean finishes. I’d like to put through to the final, John and Johannes.’

Motsi Mabuse chose to save John and Johannes, saying: ‘Well, I think both couples deserve to stay in the competition but that is not how it works. For me this was a very difficult decision, but I’m going to save John and Johannes.’

Anton Du Beke also chose to save John and Johannes, adding: ‘Like Motsi and Craig, I’d have you both in the final quite frankly. 

‘Rhys came out and danced and I thought that would do for me. John came out and I thought, here we go. But then, you’ve just got to look at it and go, OK what do I like? For me tonight, in such an even contest, my nod goes to John and Johannes.’

Rhys said: ‘I might not have gotten to the final but I learnt so much from just being on this show, from everyone here who’s just supported us in this new family’

With three votes to John and Johannes, it meant they had won the majority vote, and Rhys and Nancy would be leaving the competition. 

Head Judge Shirley Ballas said she would have agreed with her fellow judges, and saved John and Johannes.

Shirley said: ‘Yes, it was very close but I would have saved John and Johannes.’

When asked by Tess about their time on the show, Rhys said: ‘I might not have gotten to the final but I learnt so much from just being on this show, from everyone here who’s just supported us in this new family. 

‘To have the time to spend with this champion of a dancer [Nancy] who’s put so much into me. Thank you for just letting my energy shine. 

He added: ‘To have the time to spend with this champion of a dancer [Nancy] who’s put so much into me. Thank you for just letting my energy shine’

Nancy said: 'You've become stronger and stronger every week. And thank you [Rhys] for being an amazing dancer partner. My first year, it has been absolutely epic'

Nancy said: ‘You’ve become stronger and stronger every week. And thank you [Rhys] for being an amazing dancer partner. My first year, it has been absolutely epic’

‘Thank you for being that partner. I should use your actual name which is Xu YouJie. Thank you so much Nancy Xu YouJie, for just being there, being my rock and everything I needed to get through this. Thank you.’

Nancy was then asked if she had any words for Rhys and said: ‘First I want to say a massive thank you to everyone in the show for supporting us from the very beginning. 

‘You’ve become stronger and stronger every week. And thank you [Rhys] for being an amazing dancer partner. My first year, it has been absolutely epic.’

After watching their best bits, an emotional Rhys added: ‘It’s good to cry, it’s good to feel. Strictly makes you feel things. You feel so much and sometimes that’s overwhelming.’

With John and Johannes saved, they will join Rose Ayling-Ellis and Giovanni Pernice and AJ Odudu and Kai Widdrington in next week’s final.  

Final: With John and Johannes saved, they will join Rose Ayling-Ellis and Giovanni Pernice and AJ Odudu and Kai Widdrington in next week’s final 



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