Strictly Come Dancing: Shock as show favourites end up in dance off

No couple can be complacent at this stage of the contest

Blimey, it’s been a dramatic week for Strictly Come Dancing.

None more so than tonight’s dance off. We were pretty stunned by the couples that found themselves there.

This week – actress Lesley Joseph and professional partner Anton Du Beke and model Daisy Lowe and her partner Aljaž Škorjanec.

Seems crazy, particularly as Daisy had been touted as a favourite to win the series.

Lesley and Anton danced their Tango to Whatever Lola Wants by Gotan Project and Daisy and Aljaž danced their Charleston to Happy Feet by Manhattan Rhythm Kings in a bid to remain in the competition.

Then it was judgment time.

Craig chose to save Daisy and Aljaž saying: “I love both couples for completely different reasons.

“But for me tonight, for precision, for an improved performance in this particular Dance Off, and finishing on time, the couple I would like to save is Daisy and Aljaž.”

Darcey chose to save Daisy and Aljaž saying; “Again this is very difficult, I wouldn’t want these two couples here at all, and to choose between them is very difficult.

“But the couple I would like to save on their cleanness and the quality of their dance that stood out to me is Daisy and Aljaž.”

Bruno chose to save Daisy and Aljaž saying: “Well I love both of these girls for many different reasons. They’re gorgeous look at them.

“But I have to really choose the stronger dance on every aspect – technique and performance. And for that reason I am choosing to save Daisy and Aljaž.”

Head Judge Len Goodman stated that he agreed with his colleagues, saying: “I did agree. I would have saved Daisy and Aljaž.”

So a full sweep.  But Daisy will have to raise her game for next week.

Meanwhile, Lesley revealed her highlights from the show: “Learning a new dance every week has just been lovely, working with him (Anton) has been an absolute joy and we’ve laughed a lot.

“And yeah it’s been just a lovely lovely lovely journey and it’s come to an end and that’s absolutely fine. We’ve loved it.

Tess Daly asked what Lesley will miss the most and Lesley said: “Him (Anton)”. Awww, you guys!

Anton then chipped in: “I would just like to say thank you very much, you enriched my whole Strictly experience this year. Dancing with you has been an absolute joy.

“You pushed me, I don’t know about me pushing you, you pushed me to try and be more creative and make the numbers better and that’s just down to you and you’re just an absolute joy. And I love you dearly.”