Strictly Come Dancing latest – Viewer shock as Amy and Tom voted off as judges say AJ & Kai wowed last night

Judges split decision

The judges were split on their decision after Stephenson and Xu reprised their jive to Footloose from the musical and movie of the same name, but they were saved by winning the majority vote.

Broadway star Cynthia Erivo, who was filling in for Craig Revel Horwood on the judging panel after he tested positive for Covid-19, said: “This was really tough, I think both couples did such a beautiful job, but there was just an edge in this couple’s dance.

“I really enjoyed it, thank you both for doing what you did, but Rhys and Nancy I choose you.”

Motsi Mabuse also chose to save Stephenson and Xu, adding that this was the “toughest” dance-off she has seen since joining the BBC One show but felt the CBBC host and his partner “put on another extra level”.

Fellow judge Anton Du Beke added: “I agree with the other judges, it was an outstanding dance-off. On Saturday night Rhys made a slight mistake and Tom didn’t really fulfil his potential in the dance.

“Tonight, both couples danced exquisitely but just a very slight edge goes to Rhys and Nancy.”

Due to the majority vote, Fletcher and Dowden were already confirmed to get the boot from the competition, however, head judge Shirley Ballas said she would have voted to save them instead.

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