JJ Chalmers is the sixth celebrity to depart the dance floor in Strictly Come Dancing 2020
The quest for the Glitterball trophy continued as Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman hosted the seventh live Strictly Come Dancing show.
Six celebrity couples were in the race to be crowned Strictly Come Dancing champion 2020.
The judges’ scores were combined with the results of the viewers’ votes to decide the lowest scoring two couples facing the dance off.
This weekend, JJ Chalmers became the sixth contestant to leave Strictly Come Dancing as he faced Jamie Laing in the dreaded dance off.
Both couples performed their routines again; JJ Chalmers and his partner Amy Dowden performed their Charleston to Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and Jamie Laing and his partner Karen Hauer performed their Jive to Everybody’s Talking About Jamie in a bid to impress the judges and remain in the competition.
After both couples had danced a second time the judges delivered their verdicts:
Craig Revel Horwood chose to save Jamie and Karen.
Craig said: “Well I think both couples danced to the best of their abilities and both couples upped their game considerably. But for me the best couple on the night that I would like to go through to semi finals – Jamie and Karen.”
Motsi Mabuse chose to save JJ and Amy.
Motsi said: “I actually think we saw two different dancing styles which both have their own qualities; both energetic, both so great at this dance off – very difficult decision. I saw a little hiccup with one dance, so I’m saving JJ and Amy.”
Head Judge Shirley Ballas had the deciding vote and chose to save Jamie and Karen.
Shirley said: “Both couples lifted their game, I adored both performances very very much, and both couples made small mistakes, both couples. But on a more powerful and through difficulty of choreography and through sheer determination, I’m going to save Jamie.”
When asked by Tess about his time on the show JJ said: “I’m unbelievably proud. I never thought I would make it this far, I’ve gotten half decent maybe at something which I had no clue about to begin with and I’ve enjoyed every second of it, it has just been an absolute blast. It’s just a privilege to be in this long. I mean this competition is insane! To be counted among that cast at this stage in particular means the world to me. It’s meant everything. It’s been an unbelievable challenge, well outside my comfort zone but I’ve had this one to just keep me in it and I can’t quite express what she means to me.
Referring to Amy’s battle with Crohn’s disease JJ said: “She’s lived through so much in her own right in fairness and I know that any day she can wake up and she could be hospitalised essentially so she lives fearing she’ll let people down. But the way you’ve built me up, you could never let me down.”
When asked if she had any words for JJ, Amy said: “Aw JJ it has been an absolute honour to be your partner and most importantly friend, throughout your Strictly experience. He is, and everybody would agree, one of the world’s most truest gentlemen. I honestly believe from working with JJ over the last few months I’ve become a better person and I’ve learned so much. The way he faces challenges with such strength and determination, you have helped me for the rest of my life on how to face my own personal challenges. And honestly I’m so proud of every single step you’ve performed on this floor, I just had the best time. I didn’t think I could possibly fall in love with Strictly any more and this year my heart is just beaming full of Strictly and that’s down to absolutely everybody and I love you all.”
Sunday’s Results show also featured a musical performance by the cast of the musical & Juliet and West End and Broadway star Marisha Wallace.
The remaining couples will take to the dancefloor next week, when Strictly Come Dancing returns on Saturday 12th December at 7pm with the results show on Sunday 13th December at 7.30pm on BBC One.
JJ Chalmers and Amy Dowden will be joining Zoe Ball for their first exclusive televised interview live on Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two on Monday 6th December at 6.30pm on BBC Two.