Colin Salmon has become the latest celebrity to exit Strictly Come Dancing 2012.
Following last week’s Halloween spooktacular, this week Sir Bruce Forsyth & Tess Daly restored order in the ballroom, and the 11 remaining couples took to the dancefloor in a bid to impress the judges - Len Goodman, Darcey Bussell, Bruno Tonioli & Craig Revel Horwood - and the viewers at home, with either a latin or a ballroom routine.
The judges’ scores were combined with the results of the viewers’ votes to decide the lowest scoring two couples. When all the votes were combined, Colin Salmon & Kristina Rihanoff and Richard Arnold & Erin Boag became the next two couples to face the dreaded dance-off.
After both couples had performed for a second time the judges delivered their verdicts:
Craig chose to save Richard saying: “Well one couple in the danceoff was better, and one couple was worse. It just proves that can happen, and the pressure is enormous. But based on this performance alone, the couple I would like to save is Richard & Erin”
Darcey chose to save Richard saying: “I find this so hard. I wouldn’t have either of these couples in this dance-off personally. I’m going to so miss the ones I’m not going to save, but I’m going to save Richard and Erin”
Bruno also chose to save Richard saying: “Well talk about an incredible turn of events. One couple risen from the ashes, and the other couple messing it up I think. I have to save born again Richard and Erin”
With this unanimous vote, it meant that Colin Salmon became the next celebrity to leave the competition.
Reflecting back on the results of tonight’s show, Colin stated “I’ve got to say without question, this is one of the greatest shows I’ve ever been involved in. The quality of the competitors this year is seminal. Judges – I respect everything that’s been said, what you do is knowledge. Anybody who is out there who may have doubts, you have to understand that this is a discipline beyond anything we understand. So I accept with grace this decision. I’m going to miss Kristina, she is an amazing dancer, a pre-eminent dancer in her field, she’s taught me many many things. That’s going to be the biggest thing.”
And Kristina reflected, “It’s been an emotional experience, but I have enjoyed every single second working with this gentle giant.”
Sunday’s Results show featured a performance from The Wanted, singing “I Found You” and Andrea Bocelli singing “Nessun Dorma”.
Next week Strictly Come Dancing is on Saturday 10th November at 6.30pm with the results show on Sunday 11th November at 7.25pm on BBC Oneand BBC One HD.