Strictly: Tyler West leaves show after dance off

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Last night, the eight remaining couples took to the Blackpool Tower Ballroom in a bid to impress the judges and the public with their performances. After three years away from the home of Ballroom, BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing was back, and the judges were in their element joining in with the opening dance. Unfortunately for radio presenter Tyler West and partner Dianne Buswell their journey came to an end as they became the eighth couple to be eliminated from the show.

Tyler and Dianne faced Molly Rainford and Carlos Gu in the dreaded dance-off after their routines on Saturday night fell short with the public.

On Saturday night, Tyler and Dianne performed the Salsa to KC & The Sunshine Band Megamix by KC & The Sunshine Band and were scored 35 out of a possible 40.

Molly and Carlos performed the Jive to Bandstand Boogie by Barry Manilow and received the same score.

After both couples performed again it was down to the judges to decide who they wanted to keep in the competition.

First to decide was Craig Revel Horwood who decided to save Molly and Carlos, as he explained: “Wow, both couples danced so much better, they really did.

“Tyler, incredible hips, this time round, amazing. Molly, lighter, brighter, much more precise. I am finding this really difficult for the first time this season, but I would like to save Molly and Carlos.”

Motsi Mabuse also chose to save Molly and Carlos, commenting: “Yes both couples were better in this performance, I’ve based my decision because of technique styles and presentation and I am going to save Molly and Carlos.”

Anton Du Beke flipped the switch and decided to save Tyler and Dianne, and said: “This is a testament to how incredible all the couples are, at this point of the competition.

“For me, brilliant performance by both the couples, but one of them was more dynamic, the couple I would like to save is Tyler and Dianne.”

It was down to head judge Shirley Ballas to decide who she wanted to save and revealed: “Both couples were outstanding, both improved their performances but I am going to go with what I believe in, and that is a quality of movement and precision in partnering, and I am going to go with Molly and Carlos.”

Taking in the news, Dianne put her head down in disappointment before they congratulated Molly and Carlos on their win.

Walking over to Tess, she noticed: “Oh hunny, no tears! Come on darling, I am so sorry! I can see you are really upset Dianne, understandable so.

“I saw you saying sorry, you don’t have to say sorry you have been absolutely fantastic.”

Touching on his time in the competition and told host Tess Daly: “I’m more than a two-step now!

“When you watch the show at home, you wonder what it must be like to dance on it, it’s everything and more, it’s changed my life.

“This girl here has changed my life for sure. To think I was some shy kid who never used to talk to anyone, to dancing in front of millions, I can’t put it into words. It’s my mum’s favourite show, I bought her to Blackpool, my nan bless her was always watching over me on this journey.

“But more importantly this show has changed my life in the sense it’s given me confidence, a newfound family, every dancer, everyone in hair and make-up, costume.

“The judges, it’s been amazing to dance in front of you every week, I genuinely mean that. But this girl here, I have been blessed with the best, she is what Strictly is about and she’s changed my life, I have no doubt she will be in my life forever.”

Viewers and fans of the show were outraged a the decision, with Twitter user @totallyangel_xo fuming: “I’m sorry that is b******s Tyler and Dianne could have made the final!!!! #StrictlyComeDancing.”

@BritneyPatrickx exclaimed: “I can’t believe #StrictlyComeDancing Tyler and Molly were my final 2.”

@midnightflyer4 commented: “Tyler was far better, I don’t know what the other judges were looking at. #StrictlyComeDancing”

@toodlepippip stated: “#StrictlyComeDancing terrible decision.”

Strictly Come Dancing returns next Saturday at 7:15pm on BBC One, followed by the results on Sunday.

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