The former cricketer became the ninth celebrity to exit the competition this weekend.

The judges’ scores and viewers’ votes were combined with the lowest scoring two couples facing the dance off. This week, that was Graeme and his professional partner Oti Mabuse and Ashley Roberts and her professional partner Pasha Kovalev.

Both couples performed their routines again before the judges decided their fate, Graeme and Oti did their Quickstep to Sing Sing Sing by The Andrews Sisters, and Ashley and Pasha performed their Samba to Hot Hot Hot by Arrow.

The judges unanimously chose to save Ashley and Pasha with Craig Revel Horwood describing the decision as a “no brainer”, while Dame Darcey Bussell backed the pair on a more “technically efficent performance”.

Bruno Tonioli noted that Ashley and Pasha were “much much stronger on every level”, putting them through to next week, a decision head judge Shirley Ballas revealed that she agreed with.

“I’d have voted for Ashley and Pasha as well. This show and what you’ve got is something special and thank you for letting me be a part of it. I’ve just had the best of times I’ve had the worst of times, it’s been very hard missing the kids and the wife. Blackpool I will never forget, this whole experience I will never forget and Oti I will never forget you, you absolute hero.” – Graeme Swann

Oti said: “I’ve had the best season of my entire career on Strictly. I have never laughed so much, I’ve never been so angry so much. I have the best friend in you. We might not have been the best dancers but you have the spirit of Strictly.

There were extra points on offer in Saturday’s show as all seven couples took to the dancefloor for the Lindy-Hop-A-Thon. 

Tonight’s results programme opened with an amazing group routine, a collaboration between the Strictly pros and dance company, Candoco as well as a musical performance from music legend, Sir Rod Stewart singing his new song ‘Farewell’.

The remaining six couples will take to the dancefloor again on Saturday 1st December at 6.50pm on BBC One.

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