Strictly: Angela Rippon performs her Paso Doble

Krishnan Guru-Murthy ended up in the dreaded dance-off against former Come Dancing host Angela Rippon on tonight’s result show.

The pair were hoping to impress Craig Revel Horwood, Motsi Mabuse, Anton Du Beke and Head Judge, Shirley Ballas and the voting public.

Krishnan and his dance partner Lauren Oakley performed their Samba to Bamboléo by Gipsy Kings before Angela and her dance partner Kai Widdrington performed their Paso Doble to Hung Up by Madonna.

Craig chose to save Angela and Kai who will then make it through to week nine of the competition in Blackpool.

Craig said: Well Krishnan you really upped your game in that dance-off, it was magnificent.


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“Angela you nearly lost your supporting leg darling in the kick but you saved it, miraculously. But the couple that I would like to save and go through to Blackpool are Angela and Kai. 

Motsi also saved Angela, adding: “To be honest I’ve never been so undecided in my decision, I’ve been going back and forth, back and forth, in the end, I’ve decided for fundamentals and technical level so I will be saving Angela and Kai.”

Anton also saved the 79-year-old, telling them: “Well also I thought both couples danced very well – it was a super dance-off if there is such a thing. But just for the cleaner technique really, and the more recognisable fundamentals, I’m going to save Angela and Kai. 

However, head judge Shirley said she would have saved Krishnan and Lauren, but she was outvoted.

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Shirley said: “Well I picked the person that I felt was more grounded on their feet without any technical errors and I would have saved Krishnan and Lauren.”

After finding out he was leaving the show, Krishnan said: “Look this has been the most incredible experience. I said it has been life-changing and it genuinely has.”

The 53-year-old journalist added: “The thing that has made Strictly really special is Lauren. She is the most incredible teacher, partner, and friend.

“She is the real Strictly star and I am so delighted I am the first partnership you have had. She is going to go a long way and I am very proud of her.”

Angela and the remaining celebrities will be dancing at Blackpool Tower Ballroom next Saturday evening when the BBC show returns.

Layton Williams and Nikita Kuzmin topped the leaderboard on Saturday evening with their racy Argentine Tango to Loreen’s Tattoo.

All the judges, bar Craig, scored the men 10s which outraged audiences at home who thought they deserved full marks.

Strictly Come Dancing continues on Saturday evening on BBC One. 

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