It really was a bad romance this weekend for Kirsty Gallacher as the sports news presenter became the fifth celebrity to leave the BBC One ballroom this evening.
This weekend saw the beeb air the Strictly Come Dancing spooky Hallowe’en Special, which saw Gallacher become the first female personality to exit the competition. The judges’ scores were combined with the results of the viewers’ votes to decide the lowest scoring two couples facing the dance off.
“It’s been a wonderful experience but Jamelia deserves it more than me and I really mean that, she’s a very natural dancer. I did my best but it was time to go! My Strictly highlight was the Viennese Waltz, it was a wonderful week and it went really well, it felt great and it was a good dance for me. I just want to say thank you to Brendan who’s been incredible and I really mean that. He’s an incredible friend and dancer and so supportive.” – Kirsty Gallacher
This week Gallacher and her professional partner Brendan Cole and Singer and Presenter Jamelia and her professional partner Tristan MacManus were the bottom two couples who had to take on the final dance off. Both couples performed their dramatic Hallowe’en routines again; Kirsty and Brendan did their Charleston to ‘Bad Romance‘ by Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox and Jamelia and Tristan performed their Jive to ‘The Time Warp‘ from Rocky Horror Picture Show in a bid to impress the judges and remain in the competition.
After both couples had danced a second time the judges delivered their verdicts opting to save Jamelia and Tristan. Sunday’s scary Hallowe’en Special Results Show also featured a performance from James Morrison. He sang his new single ‘Demons’ and was joined on the dance floor by professional dancers Kristina Rihanoff and Gleb Savchenko.
Betting wise William Hill have once again cut the odds of Jay winning Strictly and the singer is now 8/11 to win the show. Peter Andre is his closest contender yet his odds are all the way out at 6/1 and it looks as though no one can catch Jay.
“Jay is quite clearly the best dancer of the group and being odds on already, he is the shortest priced favourite we have ever had at the start of November,” – William Hill spokesman Joe Crilly.
Strictly winner: 8/11 Jay McGuiness; 6/1 Peter Andre; 7/1 Helen George; 9/1 Georgia May Foote; 10/1 Kellie Bright; 12/1 Anita Rani; 18/1 Katie Derham; 100/1 Carol Kirkwood; 100/1 Jamelia; 100/1 Jeremy Vine
The remaining ten couples will take to the dance floor once more next week when Strictly Come Dancing returns on Saturday 7th November at 6.30pm. The results show on Sunday 8th November at 7.15pm on BBC One will pay a fitting tribute to Remembrance Day. Overnight ratings show that once again the BBC One ballroom outing is riding high over ITV’s search-for-a-singer series The X Factor.
The corporation drew an audience of 9.4 million, while the commercial offering managed to pull in 5.6 million (including the ITV+1 figures, BBC One has no such service) – almost four million less than its telly rival. The ITV series was also a million viewers down on its figures from last weekend. The X Factor ratings dive has seen a fall of 2.5 million viewers from the edition which aired this time last year.