Second Strictly Come Dancing couple sent home in shock dance

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Come dance strictly fans were shocked by the latter two. (BBC)

Come dance strictlyThe reigning champ was sent home after only the second elimination in a dance that left viewers in shock.

Professional dancer Giovanni Pernice, who won the 2021 series with Rose Ayling-Ellis, was eliminated tonight (Sunday) along with his partner Richie Anderson, but viewers thought it was unfair that one of the last two couples be in danger.

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Anderson and Pernice were against Fleur East and her partner Vito Coppola, but three of the four judges decided to save her East Little Mermaid themed American Smooth in front of Anderson’s Samba inspired by The Lion King.

Richie Anderson and Giovanni Pernice were eliminated.  (BBC)

Richie Anderson and Giovanni Pernice were eliminated. (BBC)

With both couples finishing in the middle of the standings after Saturday night’s scores – East and Coppola were on 29 points, while Anderson and Pernice were on 27 – they found themselves in the bottom two due to a lack of votes from the public, but some viewers were outraged. .

One viewer tweeted: “Neither Richie nor Fleur should have been in the #Strictly dance. Both were much nicer than other couples. We will miss Richie’s enthusiasm.”

Another fan wrote: “It’s a shame that #Strictly isn’t really a dance competition but a popularity contest at this point. There were much worse dancers than @FleurEst and @richie_anderson

Someone else added, “I don’t want Richie to go, but Fleur shouldn’t have been in that dance to begin with.”

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Tony Adams, Matt Goss and Ellie Taylor were the celebrities at the bottom of the rankings, while Tyler West was in first place with 38 points after win the top 10 in the series.

Judge Motsi Mabuse said: “I think it’s heartbreaking actually because I think you both don’t deserve to be here but that’s how the public voted and based on this dance, I’m going to save Fleur and Vito.”

Shirley Ballas wanted to save Anderson and Pernice, but with Craig Revel Horwood and Anton Du Beke agreeing with Mabuse, East and Coppola moved on to the next round.

Anderson, dressed in costume with Pernice as Lion King characters for the Movie Week Performance, said, “As Strictly fan, I always thought it was a magical thing to be a part of, and being here, it really is and it’s not just the people you see on camera, the judges, and you and Claud and the amazing people I have to date on this show. The people behind the scenes in hair, makeup, costume…everyone.”

The Little Mermaid Routine by Fleur East and Vito Coppola.  (BBC)

Fleur East and Vito Coppola Little Mermaid routine. (BBC)

He added to Pernice, “I feel so lucky to be able to dance with you every day. Not only are you a fantastic dancer, but you’re also a fantastic guy on top of that.”

Pernice said, “It’s been an honor to be able to dance with you because I know how much you love Come dance strictly, you really are a big fan. And I’m happy that you were able to have this experience and happy that I was able to do it with you.

“It’s a shame it was too short for us, but I hope you enjoyed every second of it and it stays in your hearts forever. Watch us, we came out dressed as Timon and Pumbaa. So adorable , jubbly, well done Richie.”

Anderson and Pernice were the show’s second all-male partnership, following last year’s John Whaite and Johannes Radebe who faced Pernice and Ayling-Ellis in the final.

Strictly Come Dancing continues Saturday at 6.30pm on BBC One.

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