Strictly Come Dancing 2016: Melvin Odoom speaks out after exit

Who left Strictly Come Dancing 2016 this week?

Strictly Come Dancing 2016 results

Melvin Odoom has spoken out after tonight's Strictly Come Dancing 2016 results.

It was Melvin and his professional partner Janette Manrara who left Strictly Come Dancing 2016 tonight in a controversial exit.

The couple faced singer Anastacia and her professional partner Brendan Cole in the dreaded Dance Off once the viewer vote was combined with the Judges scores.

However there was no dance off.

Strictly Come Dancing 2016 results
Strictly Come Dancing 2016 results

On Saturday night's main show due to 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 this means there cannot be a Dance Off. The couple with the fewest viewer votes will leave the competition. 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.

A Strictly Come Dancing spokesperson said: "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."

Melvin said after his exit: “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!”

He went on: "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 Manrara, Melvin Odoom
Janette Manrara, Melvin Odoom

His pro partner Janette added: “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.”

Strictly Come Dancing 2016 continues next weekend on BBC One with Movies week.

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