Find out the latest contestant to leave Strictly Come Dancing

Emmy Griffiths


Claudia Fragapane and her AJ Pritchard are the twelfth couple to leave Strictly Come Dancing, finishing the show in fourth place.

The pair found themselves in the bottom two with Danny Mac and Oti Mabuse, and the two couples danced to remain in the competition in the dance off. Claudia and AJ reprised their Quickstep to When You're Smiling, while Danny and Oti performed their American Smooth to Misty Blue. The judges unanimously voted Claudia and AJ out of the competition after comparing the quality of the two dances. Craig Revel Horwood said: "Well both couples I have to say in that dance-off were worth 10’s equally so it is so difficult, but I would really like to save Danny and Oti." 


AJ and Claudia are the latest couple to leave

Darcey Bussell agreed, saying: "Both performed to such an outstanding level tonight and it makes it very hard to choose between but the couple that had a small edge over the other were Danny and Oti." Bruno Tonioli had the deciding vote. "Well first I would like to congratulate you because you were both excellent," he said. "But I have to go with the couple that had an edge in artistry and emotional impact and for that reason I choose Danny and Oti."


Claudia and AJ were in the bottom two with Danny and Oti

Claudia praised her Strictly experience, saying: "I can't believe I made it this far to be honest.  Everyone is so lovely and I'm just so happy that I've made it this far and everyone has just been incredible people, and to come out and not be as confident as I was, I feel like a different person now, all thanks to this show." Speaking to AJ, she said: "Oh you have been absolutely amazing, you really have pushed me to the best of my ability. You have been so lovely to me and you've really boosted my confidence and it's all thanks to you." AJ returned the praise, saying: "I'm just so proud of her, so proud of how far you've come and just how confident you are now. Thank you."


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