‘I’m gutted’: Tom Fletcher is the EIGHTH star to be eliminated from Strictly Come Dancing as he and Amy Dowden leave after dance off with Rhys Stephenson and Nancy Xu

  • The McFly singer and his partner tried to impress the judges but they ultimately chose to save presenter Rhys and Nancy 
  • Motsi Mabuse, Anton Du Beke and guest judge Cynthia Erivo all voted to save Rhys and Nancy, meaning Tom was sent home
  • Head Judge Shirley Ballas admitted she would have chosen to save Tom and Amy had she needed to vote
  • Following his elimination, Tom said: ‘It’s been the best experience and I don’t regret a single minute of it, so thank you everyone so much. I’m gutted to leave’ 
  • The remaining couples will take to the dancefloor when Strictly Come Dancing returns on Saturday 27th November at 6:55pm 

Tom Fletcher has become the eighth celebrity eliminated from this year’s Strictly Come Dancing.

The McFly singer, 36, and his dance partner Amy Dowden, 31, failed to survive the dance-off after they landed in the bottom two with Rhys Stephenson and Nancy Xu.

Both couples performed their routines again with Rhys and Nancy dancing the Jive to Footloose from Footloose and Tom and Amy performing their Couples Choice to On My Own from Les Misérables in a bid to impress the judges.

Sent home: Tom Fletcher has become the eighth celebrity eliminated from this year’s Strictly Come Dancing

Delivering their verdicts, guest judge Cynthia Erivo chose to save Rhys and Nancy, saying: ‘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 voted to save Rhys and Nancy, saying: ‘Well I think this was so tough, I mean the toughest I have seen since I’ve been here. 

‘But there was a clear fighter. I did feel that Rhys and Nancy just put on another extra level so I’m going to save Rhys and Nancy.’

Bottom two: The McFly singer, 36, and his dance partner Amy Dowden, 31, failed to survive the dance-off after they landed in the bottom two with Rhys Stephenson and Nancy Xu

Anton Du Beke agreed with his fellow judges, adding: ‘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.’

With three votes to Rhys and Nancy, it meant they had won the majority vote, and Tom and Amy would be leaving the competition regardless, however Head Judge Shirley Ballas said she would have decided to save Tom and Amy.

Shirley said: ‘No I would have saved Tom and Amy.’

Tom said: ‘Honestly I’ve had the best time, I’ve loved every second of it. I’ve made the best friend in Amy’

He added: ‘It’s an amazing show, everyone that works on it, all of you guys have been amazing, I’ve loved getting to know you’

When asked by host Tess about their time on the show, Tom said: ‘Honestly I’ve had the best time, I’ve loved every second of it. I’ve made the best friend in Amy, you’ve been amazing thank you so much for teaching me how to dance, I know it was a struggle at times. 

‘It’s an amazing show, everyone that works on it, all of you guys have been amazing, I’ve loved getting to know you. 

‘Thank you so much, it’s been the best experience and I don’t regret a single minute of it, so thank you everyone so much. I’m gutted to leave.’ 

Amy said: ‘I really wasn’t ready for this. I’ve loved every single second from the bottom of my heart. Who gets to say they got to go on tour with McFly?!’

When asked about his three sons Buzz, seven, Buddy, five, and Max, three, Tom said: ‘I hope they are proud. 

‘They’ve loved learning to dance. That’s the thing, Amy hasn’t just taught me, she’s taught my kids.’

Amy was then asked if she had any words for his partner and said: ‘I really wasn’t ready for this. I’ve loved every single second from the bottom of my heart. Who gets to say they got to go on tour with McFly?! 

‘Tom has given his all, and he is so humble, so genuine, so talented. The whole Fletcher family, they welcomed me in with opened arms and honestly I couldn’t have wished for a better time. 

She added: ‘Tom has given his all, and he is so humble, so genuine, so talented. The whole Fletcher family, they welcomed me in with opened arms and honestly I couldn’t have wished for a better time’

‘These memories are going to live with me for the rest of my life, and I’m telling you this now, the Fletchers are not getting rid of Amy.’

Tom responded: ‘Amy you’ve made it so amazing, so much fun. I thought I’d enjoy it but I didn’t think I’d enjoy it this much. 

‘This was the week I wanted to get to so I’m so glad that I got here. I’m so proud of the journey. So, thank you so much Amy.’

The remaining couples will take to the dancefloor when Strictly Come Dancing returns on Saturday 27th November at 6:55pm, with the results show on Sunday 28th November at 7:20pm on BBC One and BBC iPlayer. 

Show: The remaining couples will take to the dancefloor when Strictly Come Dancing returns on Saturday 27th November at 6:55pm

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