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Strictly's eighth celebrity leaves on Sunday as fans differ over dance-off

The competition is heating up!

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Diane Shipley
Senior Online Writer
November 21, 2021
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Tom Fletcher became the eighth celebrity to be eliminated from Strictly after landing in the dance-off on Sunday night with his partner Amy Dowden, alongside Rhys Stephenson and Nancy Xu.

On Saturday, the remaining couples aimed to dazzle the judges and viewers for Musicals Week, with Rhys and Nancy dancing a Jive to Footloose's title track.

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Tom and Amy, meanwhile, performed a heartfelt Couple's Choice to On My Own from Les Misérables. After both couples danced a second time, the judges were split on who should go home – and so were Strictly fans!

Several viewers took to Twitter to express their disagreement that BBC Breakfast host Dan Walker has never been in the dance-off, despite often being at the bottom of the leaderboard.

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Tilly Ramsay's Matilda-themed Couple's Choice routine was also divisive, with some arguing that 40 was too high a score for the desk-thumping number.

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"They both should have been in the dance-off with Dan leaving. Tom is a way better dancer," wrote one, with a second adding: "Quite agree."

Another defended Dan as they commented: "I thought they were undermarked. He and Nadyia were in the top three dances for me!"

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Tom and Amy were sad to say goodbye to Strictly

One fan explained their love for the presenter, responding: "I enjoy his dancing, I enjoy their partnership, he entertains me which is what Saturday night TV is all about."

While guest judge Cynthia Erivo chose to save Rhys and Nancy, and Motsi Mabuse and Anton du Beke agreed, head judge Shirley did not – and said she would have saved Tom and Amy.

The McFly star paid a sweet tribute to his partner after the news was announced, saying: "Honestly I’ve had the best time, I’ve loved every second of it. I’ve made the best friend in Amy, you’ve been amazing thank you so much for teaching me how to dance… it’s been the best experience and I don’t regret a single minute of it, so thank you everyone so much."

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