Strictly Come Dancing has said goodbye to the sixth couple of the series – soap star Adam Thomas and his partner Luba Mushtuk – after another tense dance-off on Sunday night.
On Saturday, 4 November, the nine remaining celebrities took to the dance floor once again as the competition hit the halfway mark. And sadly this week it was Adam and Luba that left the competition after facing Angela Rippon and her dance partner Kai Widdrington in the dreaded dance-off.
When speaking to host Tess Daly about his time on the show, after the judges' vote went against them, Adam said: “Seven incredible weeks, what a journey it’s been. I honestly thought I was leaving in week two, and the fact that I’ve got this far I’m so proud of myself, I’ve had an amazing time from start to finish.
“I came here to learn how to dance, and I’ve learned so much more about myself. The confidence and self-belief I now have in myself, it’s out of this world I have to thank all these guys up here."
He added that he knows his kids -Teddy, nine, and five year old Elsie – are at home now "probably crying" but he wants to teach them that it's not just about "winning or losing."
“It’s about taking part and doing your best," he continued. "[To Luba] I just want to say thank you to this one, and I’m sorry, I wanted to get us to Blackpool!”
Luba then added: “Don’t be sorry, you are incredible, I had the best season. Just to get to know you, your family and kids, it’s been much more than just a dance show. You’re the winner of my heart forever, and it’s better than a trophy.”
In the dance off, Angela, 79, and Kai, 28, were first up to perform their Waltz to Fascination by Nat King Cole for the second time.
Adam, 35, and Luba, 33, then danced their Rumba to Dancing On My Own by Callum Scott for a second time as they looked to impress the judges.
After the performances, it was down to the judges, Craig Revel Horwood, Motsi Mabuse, Shirley Ballas and Anton Du Beke, to decide who they wanted to save.
All four judges opted to save Anglea and Kai, meaning Adam and Luba became the sixth couple to leave the show.
Craig, 58, said: “It’s a tough one actually because I think both couples have improved in the dance off, and I really like both couples, so I’m going to have to make a decision on technique alone and on that decision, I would like to save Angela and Kai.”
Motsi, 42, then said she "had to agree with Craig," that it was a tough dance off to call, as both couples improved, but she opted to save Anglea and Kai.
Anton, 57, agreed with his fellow judges, as he said: “This is the closest dance off we’ve had in the series so far, it’s been easy so far, but this has been the most difficult.
“Obviously, very different styles of dance, but danced them very well, but with the content and clarity of the technique, I’m going to have to save Angela and Kai.”
With all three judges on the same page, Shirley’s vote wouldn’t have mattered, but she did agree with her fellow judges.
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