Viewers of the show saw Loose Women presenter and professional dance partner Anton Du Beke get booted off Strictly Come Dancing last night.
The pair were up against Paralympic gold medallist Jonnie Peacock and his dance partner Oti abuse, however after failing to impress the judges with their foxtrot to the classic hit ‘Mack the Knife’, they were forved to wave goodbye to their chances of winning the Strictly trophy.
Craig Revel Horwood, Darcey Bussell and Bruno Tonioli all voted to save Jonnie and Oti in the dance-off, whilst head judge Shirley Ballas agreed that she would have also voted the same.
The result came after the pair scored a measly 18 points on Saturday night’s live show, as baddie judge Craig came out with his trademark villainous comments after the pair failed to impress him.
‘You messed up coming down the stairs, you came down at a completely different time.’ Craig mentioned of their performance, however, Anton admitted that the slip-up was his own fault.
“That was me actually! I came down at the wrong bit.”, he responded in defense of Langsford. “I came down the short side instead of the long side, and I missed a step out. That was entirely my fault and I apologise.”
The audience members erupted into applause as Anton took the blame for the obvious mistake, but Craig didn’t fail to shock with his harsh comments – even going as far as comparing Ruth to a horse as she danced.
— BBC Strictly✨ (@bbcstrictly) November 12, 2017
As the results came in, Ruth told host Tess Daly: I’ve absolutely loved it, even the judges’ comments, even Craig’s – he knows I love him really! And you Anton Du Beke, are just the most fabulous man, so funny and you are a beautiful dancer and I hope we will be friends for a very long time.”
Ruth’s husband Eammon Holmes seems extremely happy to have his wife back. In a tweet, he wrote: “Thanks to the support of you amazing folk she had an amazing run with an amazing partner. I am feeling a lot of Love for her out there but I am also looking forward to having my Wife & our Life back.”
Whilst Langsford tweeted back: “And thank you my darling and our wonderful son Jack for being there to support me EVERY week. Love you both.”
So, what was Anton’s confession which broke the hearts of the nation?
Anton Du Beke left fans in tears during the results show aired last night. The dancer confessed he has been overcome with emotion following the news that himself and his partner Ruth had been given the boot; which was a rather unusual occurrence for him, due to the number of times he has participated in the show.
Speaking to Tess, Anton said: It’s a funny old thing this, getting voted off Strictly Come Dancing, it never gets any easier and this is, by far the most difficult.
Before turning to Ruth and confessing: “I feel a bit emotional and I don’t know why. I don’t really get emotional about this kind of thing because it’s part of the fun of the show.
“The thing that upsets me the most is not being able to spend all the time that we do together, you are beyond the most joyous person I’ve ever met, I’ve enjoyed every second of it. The time we spent in the studio together rehearsing and laughing. The moment you jumped on me and wrapped your legs around my hips to the moment where we basically laid on the floor.
“You are amazing and I love you.”
After the show, Anton also went on to tweet about the fact that he was extremely ‘proud’ of Ruth, whilst also wishing his fellow contestants luck on their upcoming performance in Blackpool next weekend.
It wasn’t to be this time! Thanks so much for the love and continued support. @RuthieeL I'm so proud of you and all you achieved! Good luck to everyone going to Blackpool next week, I'm glad you've learnt our signature dance move. Pile on! #SCD #Strictly https://t.co/hhUMTtdbn7
— Anton Du Beke (@TheAntonDuBeke) November 12, 2017
Last Saturday, viewers of Strictly saw the pair collapse in a heap after their performance after taking a tumble – but luckily the pair and viewers at home saw the funny side of it.
Talking of her dance partner Anton to The Daily Record, Ruth said: “Anton du Beke is a lovely man, a really decent human. But there is a serious side. He is very patient, he’s always known when I’m about to cry. We joke about it. I say, ‘I might be about to cry now,’ and he says ‘OK, do you want to have a cup of tea now or wait for a cry?’ He’s never told me off. Thank goodness, I don’t respond to people shouting at me. I’m 57, I’m liable to walk out.”
— BBC Strictly✨ (@bbcstrictly) November 12, 2017
Now that she has been booted out of the competition, who would Ruth like to win?
“I think Gemma (Atkinson). She’s really fit and strong, but not from a dance background. She’s very modest, doesn’t make a fuss.” she told The Daily Record. “And Debbie McGee is amazing, she’s a year older than me and can get her leg around her ear. We’ve got a WhatsApp group and have clung together with fear.”
In other Strictly news…
Whilst Ruth was the latest celeb to say her goodbyes to winning the Strictly title, the judges have also been under fire from viewers who claim that there is a little bit of favouritism going on; as some contestants are receiving higher marks than others regardless of their dance ability.
With Mollie King scoring just 22 on the leaderboard, fans of the show were left wondering why comedian Susan Calman scored a decent 27 points for her performance of the tango.
It seems even professional dancers connected with the show are noticing fishy activity. James Jordan who was formerly a Strictly dancer stated: “Susan: Over complimented and over marked. They obviously want her at Blackpool but I’m finding them a little boring now. Time to go I think. She’s been great this series and like I said I loved them at the beginning.”
Some viewers were also in uproar as Debbie McGee scored 9’s across the board, despite making obvious slip-ups within her routine; whilst Alexandra received the same score for a flawless performance.
One viewer tweeted: Alexandra didn’t make a mistake and gets a 9, Debbie makes a mistake and gets a 9? Favouritism.”
Whilst another added: “I’m so disappointed in this year’s Strictly. We need Len back. There’s too much favouritism and bad marking. Shirley had changed it too much.”