It was always going to happen sooner rather than later… Indeed, some are surprised that Radio 2 presenter Jeremy Vine (opens in new tab) made it as far as week eight. But he won’t be going to the Blackpool special next week - not as a competitor, anyway.
Jeremy was bottom of the leaderboard on Saturday night with 21 points after performing a Quickstep with Karen Clifton (opens in new tab) that “didn’t exactly fly around the ballroom floor”, Craig Revel Horwood (opens in new tab) said.
Jeremy struggled to get to grips with the dance routines
He faced Jamelia (opens in new tab) in the dance-off, who had earlier scored 26 points for her Samba with Tristan MacManus (opens in new tab) that Bruno Tonioli (opens in new tab) said had left him “shaken and stirred”.
But Craig and Len Goodman (opens in new tab) were divided over Jamelia's hip action.
"There was unnecessary grinding that was most unpleasant," Craid said.
"The gyrating was excellent," said Len.
Jamelia and Tristan gave their Samba a goofy prom-night theme
“Here we go again,” co-host Tess Daly (opens in new tab) said to Jamelia, after announcing she was in the bottom two. “Your fourth time in the dance-off.”
“ I know,” Jamelia said. “I”m looking forward to rectifying my mistakes. And this is my favourite dance so I’ll enjoy doing it again.”
“Don’t be discouraged,” Bruno told her. “The reason you’re here is because people want to see you again. Just don’t lose timing and keep the fun going."
Head judge Len had said to Jeremy Saturday night that the contest’s Blackpool special would be “less fun if you’re not there”.
But Craig, who has never scored Jeremy more than a four, said of his final dance: "It was like being at the National Dressage Championship."
And this is a dance contest… And the judges' decision was unanimous.
The contest is over for Jeremy, who got a goodbye hug from remaining competitors
Click here (opens in new tab) for our picture special on all the dances in week eight.
Strictly Come Dancing (opens in new tab) continues on BBC1, Saturday, November 21, 6.50pm, with the eight remaining couples dancing in Blackpool.
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