Strictly Come Dancing’s Mike Bushell has been voted out of the 17th series of the competition after failing to impress the judges in the dreaded dance-off.
The BBC Breakfast presenter and his partner Katya Jones, who had both received death threats after being saved by the panel last week, went head-to-head with Michelle Visage and Giovanni Pernice after landing bottom of the table for the fourth week on the trot, this time being sent home.
After performing, judges Shirley Ballas, Craig Revel Horwood, Motsi Mabuse and Bruno Tonioli all voted to save RuPaul’s Drag Race’s Michelle.
‘I have had the most amazing nine or 10 weeks since we started training,’ Mike said upon his exit. ‘I have lost a stone and a half. I’m a guy in his 50s, I’m mentally sharper, I feel able to deal with pressured situations – thanks to the dance-offs!
‘It has changed me completely and honestly, I’m not going to stop dancing.’
He continued: ‘My wife Emily has supported me all the way through and my daughters. My dad’s going to take up ballroom dancing and my mum has started Zumba – I want to thank all my family and the judges.
‘I have all the comments framed around the house. Every moment has been an absolute honour and a joy. I didn’t think I’d get this far so I have already booked a hotel in Blackpool, so I’m still coming along.
‘This amazing teacher, Katya, I can’t tell you the dedication that she puts in.
‘She’d make the greatest sporting coach ever, she makes you believe that anything is possible. She hasn’t taken it easy on me. We’ve had some difficult routines and I can’t believe the miracles you’ve performed. There’s so many memories.’
Katya added: ‘Honestly I’m so proud of him and I think after even this dance which I think was your best dance you can leave with your head held up honestly; and in my eyes you’re the winner.
‘The only thing he has lost is weight. He came in every single day giving his heart, soul, everything, 200% no matter what after every single dance-off and thank you so much. I’m so sorry I couldn’t take to Blackpool.’
Strictly Come Dancing returns on Saturday at 7.05pm on BBC One.
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