BBC Strictly – Seventh celebrity eliminated from show says ‘It’s right I am going out’

Strictly Come Dancing has sent home its seventh celebrity after two stars competed in the dreaded dance-off.

Tonight's episode of the BBC One show saw Channel 4 News presenter Krishnan Guru-Murthy, 53, lose out to 79-year-old broadcaster Angela Rippon.

Krishnan said: “Look, this has been the most incredible experience. I said it has been life-changing and it genuinely has. I am incredibly grateful to the entire production team, judges, my incredible Strictly family up there.

“It’s right I am going out this week and I have got to get back to life. The thing that has made Strictly really special is Lauren.

“She is most incredible teacher, partner, friend. She is the real Strictly star and I am so delighted I am the first partnership you have had. She is going to go a long way and I am very proud of her.”

During the show, Krishnan performed a samba routine to Bamboleo by Gipsy Kings, alongside professional Lauren Oakley, while Angela and her partner Kai Widdrington took to the floor for a Paso Doble to Hung Up by Madonna.

Judges Craig Revel Horwood, Motsi Mabuse and Anton Du Beke all chose to save Angela, saying the dance-off had been close.

Oti admitted she had been “undecided” and she and Anton both said their choice was about the “fundamentals”.

Craig described Krishnan's performance as “magnificent” and hailed Angela for “miraculously” saving a kick, but in the end the judge chose to save the 79-year-old.

Head judge Shirley Ballas said: “Well, I picked the person that I felt was more grounded on their feet without any technical errors, and I would have saved Krishnan and Lauren.”

Gushing about her celebrity contestant Krishnan, Lauren said: “This guy is what Strictly is about – from not having danced a step eight weeks ago, and you just danced that samba.

“I had an absolute ball every single week. You taught me so much as well, I am so grateful and it will be in my memory forever, and we will keep dancing.”

The show opened with a Remembrance Sunday routine by the professional dancers before Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli and 11-year-old daughter Virginia performed a rendition of Hallelujah by Canadian singer-songwriter and poet Leonard Cohen.

Andrea Bocelli has previously performed with Virginia at the O2 Arena alongside son Matteo, 26, and the trio released an album, A Family Christmas, last year.

Heading to next week’s prestigious Blackpool Tower Ballroom event are: Bad Education star Layton Williams and partner Nikita Kuzmin, former Coronation Street actress Ellie Leach with Vito Coppola, Casualty star Nigel Harman with Katya Jones, tennis player Annabel Croft with Johannes Radebe, presenter Angela Scanlon with Carlos Gu, and EastEnders actor Bobby Brazier with Dianne Buswell, as well Angela and Kai.

The Strictly Come Dancing Blackpool Special airs on Saturday at 6.40pm on BBC One.

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