Dan Walker paid tribute to his ballroom partner Nadiya Bychkova on Sunday as he became the tenth contender to be eliminated from Strictly Come Dancing after facing AJ Odudu in the dance.
The two performed again, with Dan and Nadiya dancing their Tango on Santa Maria by Gotan Project before Salsa by AJ and his partner Kai Widdrington on Rhythm Is Gonna Get You / Get On Your Feet by Gloria Estefan and Miami Sound Machine.
After the two couples danced a second time, the judges returned their verdict, with the vote falling favorably in favor of AJ and Kai.
Farewell: Dan Walker paid tribute to his ballroom partner Nadiya Bychkova on Sunday as he became the tenth contender to be eliminated from Strictly Come Dancing
Craig Revel Horwood said: “Well I have to say Dan I think you did such a good job dancing it’s the best I’ve ever seen you dance!
“AJ, you totally got that last song, it was fantastic, a dilemma, but the couple I’m going to save are AJ and Kai.”
Motsi Mabuse also tried to save AJ and Kai, telling the couples, “Well, another strong dance. It’s just an amazing year and I think being part of the squad is absolutely sensational.
One Last Time: Dan and Nadiya performed their Tango in Santa Maria from Gotan Project, but that wasn’t enough to save them from elimination
“Dan you did a great job, AJ you did, for me, the best job, and I’m saving AJ and Kai.” ”
Agreeing, Anton du Beke added: “Can I just say that it’s one thing to make the quarterfinals of Strictly Come Dancing, and to choose this year of all years, to make the quarterfinals would have guaranteed you? a place in the final in any other year.
“It was a huge dance, congratulations to both of you. You danced brilliantly, but the benefit goes, for me, to AJ and Kai. ‘
Here we go again: AJ Odudu and Kai Widdrington’s Salsa to Rhythm Is Gonna Get You / Get On Your Feet by Gloria Estefan and Miami Sound Machine helped them win the dance-off
With three votes against AJ and Kai, that meant they had won the majority of votes and Dan and Nadiya would quit the competition.
Chief Justice Shirley Ballas said she would have agreed with her fellow judges and saved AJ and Kai.
Asked by Tess about their time on the show, Dan admitted that he agreed with the judges’ decision while also crediting dance partner Nadiya for bringing it out of her shell.
Well done: After the two couples danced a second time, the judges delivered their verdict, with the vote falling in favor of AJ and Kai.
He said, “By the way, I would have saved AJ and Kai too! The last 11 weeks have been absolutely amazing, I really loved every second of it. When I go back to the first day I was asked to dance in front of glitter balls, at that point, if there had been an emergency exit, I would have just walked away.
“But this amazing woman grabbed me by the hand and led me to this dance floor. I’m not a dancer, but she showed me that I can dance and that for me it was an absolutely amazing experience. ‘
He added: “Thanks to the judges, your feedback every week has been brilliant, really constructive and helpful, and everyone over there, my fellow competitors, has been brilliant.
Humble: Dan admitted he was okay with the judges’ ruling while crediting dance partner Nadiya for bringing it out of her shell
“The remaining four people are so good, like you say the level has been amazing, it was a pleasure for me to watch them dance every week, and thank you to all the pros for being so kind, caring and supportive .
“Besides everyone who works on this program, it’s a pleasure to be a part of a show that means so much to so many people. ”
Turning to Nadiya, he said, “I also want to mention this amazing woman next to me, there are people who come into your life and turn on lights, and that’s what she did to me. ” You are an extraordinary person, and if you have me, you will have a lifelong friend Nadiya Bychkova. ‘
Close Link: Nadiya admitted the BBC presenter came into her life “at the right time” (pictured dancing on Saturday night’s show)
Nadiya was then asked if she had words for Dan, and she admitted that the BBC presenter came into her life “at the right time”.
She said, “Sometimes the right person comes into your life at the right time and that’s what happened. You always encourage everyone, you always have time for everyone, it just inspires me to be a better person myself. Thank you.”
After watching their best tracks Dan said, “I loved it, I don’t think I dance badly all the time, but the only thing that will be different is that I won’t be dancing anymore. So thank you for m ‘having received is great!’
The remaining couples will take to the dance floor in the Strictly Come Dancing semi-finals on Saturday December 11 at 7:05 p.m., with the results Sunday December 12 at 7:20 p.m. on BBC One and BBC iPlayer.