Anita Rani departs the dance floor in the semi-final and becomes the eleventh celebrity to leave Strictly Come Dancing 2015.
“I came to Strictly having never danced before and I love this programme and thought let’s give it a go. Little did I know just how difficult it is and how wonderful it is! I’ve had the most incredible time, this man is a slave driver, he’s beautiful but he’s also got the most creative mind. Honestly I’ve just had the best time. Thank you to all the judges, everything you say, you’re brilliant. And to all my amazing friends and all four of you, I can’t wait to watch the final. You are all sensational dancers and I can’t believe I have managed to get this far with the calibre of dancing, you are all incredible!” – Anita Rani
This weekend Anita Rani became the eleventh celebrity contestant to exit the competition and missed out on reaching the Strictly Come Dancing Grand Final next week. She faced Katie Derham in the dreaded dance off.
The overall judges’ scores were combined with the results of the viewers’ votes to decide the lowest scoring two couples to face each other in the dance off. This week, it was TV Presenter Anita Rani and her dance partner Gleb Savchenko and BBC Proms and Radio 3 Presenter Katie Derham and her professional partner Anton Du Beke.
Both couples performed one of their routines again; Anita and Gleb performed their Salsa to ‘Feel This Moment’ by Pitbull featuring Christina Aguilera and Katie and Anton performed a Waltz to ‘O Mio Babbino Caro’ by Puccini 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 with Craig Revel Horwood opting to save Anita while Darcey Bussell decided to keep Katie as did Bruno Tonioli. As the Judges were divided Head Judge Len Goodman had the deciding vote and saved Katie and Anton.
Sunday’s Results Show also featured a special festive music performance from pop princess Kylie Minogue who was accompanied by the Strictly male professional dancers.
Betting wise, following last night’s (Saturday) performances, William Hill were sure Katie Derham was set to leave the show:
“Katie fluffed her lines this evening and at 1/3 she is almost certain to go, meanwhile Jay is 2/9 to lift the trophy.” – William Hill spokesman Rupert Adams
The odds for the series winner following the live Strictly stood at: 2/9 Jay McGuiness, 11/2 Georgia May Foote, 12/1 Anita Rani, 14/1 Kellie Bright, 40/1 Katie Derham.
Next Saturday, Strictly Come Dancing returns with two live shows as the four finalists compete for the Glitter Ball trophy. In the first show, which airs at 6.35pm on BBC One, all four finalists will perform two dances – the Judges choice dance from the series as well as their show dance. Voting will open once each couple has danced twice.
The live results show will air later that night at 9pm on BBC One. At the start of the show one couple will be eliminated from the competition. The remaining three couples will go on perform their favourite dance from the series before one couple is crowned the Strictly Come Dancing Champions 2015.
The Judges scores throughout the night are for guidance only and the public vote will decide who wins. The Strictly Come Dancing finalists 2015 are Georgia May Foote and Giovanni Pernice; Jay McGuiness and Aliona Vilani; Katie Derham and Anton Du Beke and Kellie Bright and Kevin Clifton.