Strictly Come Dancing 2020 | Semi Final Results

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Ranvir Singh is the seventh 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 eighth live Strictly Come Dancing show.

Karen Hauer, Jamie Laing, Ranvir Singh, Giovanni Pernice – (C) BBC – Photographer: Guy Levy

Five 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. 

Ranvir Singh, Giovanni Pernice – (C) BBC – Photographer: Guy Levy

This weekend, Ranvir Singh became the seventh contestant to leave Strictly Come Dancing as she faced Jamie Laing in the dreaded dance off.

Both couples performed their routines again; Ranvir Singh and her partner Giovanni Pernice performed their Waltz to Un Giorno Per Noi by Josh Groban and Jamie Laing and his partner Karen Hauer performed their Salsa to Last Dance by Donna Summer in a bid to impress the judges and remain in the competition.

Tess Daly, Ranvir Singh, Giovanni Pernice – (C) BBC – Photographer: Guy Levy

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 one of course did an explosive fabulous Salsa, the other couple did a dreamy delicious, gorgeous waltz. I think both couples couldn’t have danced those dances better than they did tonight, it was incredible and I want to see both of you in the final. I’d like to save Jamie and Karen”

Motsi Mabuse chose to save Ranvir and Giovanni.

Motsi said: “Well this was really one tough decision, we had two beautiful dances, two beautiful human beings and I will save Ranvir and Giovanni.”

Head Judge Shirley Ballas had the deciding vote and decided to save Jamie and Karen.

Shirley said: “Well again, this is very difficult because I’ve grown to love both couples. I’m getting quite emotional now. Musicality, determination, conviction from both teams, they just gave their all. But I just feel that one couple had a little more determination, a little bit more ‘I’m not leaving without that trophy’ and with that in mind I’m saving Jamie and Karen.”

When asked by Tess about her time on the show Ranvir said: “I’m just really sorry for him [Gio], he’s worked so hard and been in so many finals that I’m really sorry I couldn’t do it for you. Sorry.”

Giovanni responded: “You don’t have to be sorry at all, we’ve both worked very hard, you’ve been an absolute dream to work with. You are a true hero, your job at 3 o’clock in the morning then you come in the room and dance with me. More than anything you’ve grown as a person and this for me is the most rewarding thing that I could ask for, so well done to you. Well done.”

Looking back on her time on the show, Ranvir said: “There’s some really beautiful moments in there and so much more than I ever expected and I’m sad not to be in the Final. But at the same time, I am glad that we’ve moved people to tears and the argentine tango was an amazing moment. We’ve had some really fantastic memorable moments and I know I couldn’t have got this far without you.”

When asked if he had any words for Ranvir, Giovanni said: “I’m really hoping from this experience you just feel a better person because you truly are an amazing person inside and out. Yes, you’ve grown as a dancer but more I hope you feel happier in your life because you deserve it.”

Sunday’s Results show also featured a musical performance from Little Mix who performed their hit single Break Up Song.

Tess Daly, Ranvir Singh, Giovanni Pernice – (C) BBC – Photographer: Guy Levy

The remaining couples will take to the dancefloor for the final time next week with the ultimate ballroom showdown taking place on Saturday 19th December at 6pm on BBC One.

Ranvir Singh and Giovanni Pernice will be joining Zoe Ball for their first exclusive televised interview live on Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two on Monday 14th December at 6.30pm on BBC Two.

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