Patrick Robinson departs Strictly Come Dancing 2013 leaving Sophie Ellis Bextor, Abbey Clancy, Susanna Reid and Natalie Gumede to take on the final.
Next week will see the BBC One hit series’ first ever all female Strictly Final. However this week hosts Sir Bruce Forsyth and Tess Daly welcomed the remaining five couples onto the Strictly dance floor for another chance to impress judges Len Goodman, Darcey Bussell, Bruno Tonioli and Craig Revel Horwood, and the viewers at home.
This week’s semi-final saw each couple perform two dance routines, a ballroom and a latin dance. The judges’ scores were combined with the results of the viewers’ votes to decide the lowest scoring two couples facing the dance off.
Patrick Robinson and his partner Anya Garnis faced Sunday night’s dance off for the third time, alongside Natalie Gumede and Artem Chigvintsev who were in the bottom two for the first time this series.
Both couples performed one of their routines again; Patrick and Anya performed their Waltz to the Righteous Brothers Unchained Melody and Natalie and Artem performed their Argentine Tango to Montserrat by Bajofondo.
After both couples had danced a second time, the judges delivered their verdicts with Craig, Darcey and Bruno all choosing to save Natalie and Artem. Head judge Len said that he agreed with his fellow judges and would also have saved the couple.
I’ve had an incredible journey, an incredible time, what an experience. Anya Garnis is just an incredible dancer, an incredible choreographer… My highlight really may be a surprise, but being in the training room was the place I had the most fun and the most hard work, so being here was just the icing on the cake. – Patrick Robinson
A show opener from the Strictly professional dancers featured an appearance from the legendary magician Dynamo. Talking about his appearance on the show he said:
I am blown away by the amount of hard work all the guys are putting in, they are all brilliant, perhaps one day I’ll get my dancing shoes on again! Without wanting to spoil it this is the semi-final week and I already know who is going to win Strictly this year – I think it will surprise you all.
On Sunday’s results show, the five-time Grammy Award winning Celine Dion added a touch of sparkle to the evening with a performance of her single Breakaway.
The grand final will be on Saturday 21st December at 6:30pm on BBC One and BBC One HD. The Strictly 2013 winner will be revealed in the second show of the evening next Saturday at 8:40pm.