Kiss FM DJ Melvin Odoom is the first celebrity to depart the BBC’s ballroom this year.
After lines opened for the first time this series, Melvin and his partner Janette Manrara found themselves in the dance off, which didn’t go ahead, alongside singer Anastacia and her partner Brendan Cole.
On last night’s (1 October) main show due to an injury sustained in training, Anastacia performed a modified version of her original routine following medical advice she received on Friday afternoon. After she chose to perform the altered routine her injury was aggravated. Subsequently, in the Results Show, a decision was made that Anastacia and Brendan could not perform again.
Under the rules of Strictly Come Dancing, if a contestant cannot dance in the Dance Off there won’t be one and the show will defer back to the public vote for a result.
“There was no Dance Off tonight due to a confirmed injury. As per the Strictly Come Dancing rules if the Dance Off cannot go ahead then the result reverts to the viewer vote.” – Strictly Come Dancing spokesperson
The couple with the fewest number of viewer votes were Melvin and Janette and therefore in keeping with the rules of Strictly Come Dancing they left the competition this evening.
“I just need to say, every single person on this show; the contestants, the dancers, the production, the judges, everyone is absolutely amazing. It’s a blessing to be on the show and thank you for Janette, it’s been a great experience for me, thank you!” – Melvin Odoom
Speaking after the show Melvin, who performed the Tango to Moving On Up this week, added: “It was unexpected but I care about the people before everything else, I love Anastacia I think she’s a great woman, she’s a great role model and her health comes first before everything else. As much as this is a great show and competition, her health comes first; it’s the way it is.”
Janette said: “In this industry, we get to meet a lot of different kind of people and I think Melvin is one of those individuals that you meet and never forget from the first moment you meet them. He’s got such a beautiful soul, such a gorgeous smile, an infectious personality and I just want to thank you for making this, although short, an extremely sweet journey amazing for me.”
“I danced on Saturday even though the doctor had advised me to rest after I ripped the scar tissue around where I had my double mastectomy. After that I was unable to dance again and I was devastated that I couldn’t take part in the Dance Off. I am so very sad to see Melvin and Janette go, they are the most the most wonderful pair and I will miss Melvin’s unique spirit and beautiful smile.” – Anastacia
Tonight’s results show also featured a performance from Bee Gees legend Barry Gibb.
Strictly Come Dancing returns next Saturday (8 October) at 6.45pm on BBC One, with the results show on Sunday 9th October at 7.15pm on BBC One and BBC One HD.
As expected SCD up against ITV’s search-for-a-singer contest saw the beeb dance show win the battle of the ratings on Saturday night with Strictly Come Dancing pulling in 9.18 million viewers, a 44.6% audience share, with a peak of 10.25 million. Meanwhile The X Factor, which appears to be pulling weekly publicity stunts to boost declining ratings, drew only 6.81 million to ITV, a 32.8% share, which includes the ITV+1 channel – which the beeb has no rival to – and it peaked at 8.12 million viewers.
While bookies bets on SCD saw Ed Balls looking like an absolute certainty to go his survival makes him now 6/4 to go in week two.
Strictly Winner: 2/1 Danny Mac, 4/1 Louise Redknapp, 7/1 Robert Rinder, 8/1 Will Young, 9/1 Claudia Fragapane, 10/1 Greg Rutherford, 12/1 Daisy Lowe, 14/1 Laura Whitmore, 16/1 Ore Oduba, 40/1 Naga Munchetty, 50/1 Lesley Joseph, 66/1 Tameka Empson, 80/1 Anastacia, 100/1 Ed Balls
“For sheer entertainment value Ed Balls was worth keeping in but he lack of skill is going to catch up and soon,” – William Hill spokesman Rupert Adams.