This weekend seven remaining celebrity couples took to the dance floor for the annual Blackpool Special from the home of ballroom itself, The Blackpool Tower.

The judges’ scores were combined with the results of the viewers’ votes to decide the lowest scoring two couples facing the dance off. This week that was Michelle Visage and her partner Giovanni Pernice and Saffron Barker and her partner AJ Pritchard.

Both couples performed their routines again, Michelle and Giovanni performed their Couples Choice (Street Commercial) to Vogue by Madonna and Saffron and AJ performed their Quickstep to Marvellous Party by Beverley Knight 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 Saffron and AJ.
Motsi Mabuse also chose to save Saffron and AJ.
Bruno Tonioli also chose to save Saffron and AJ.
Head Judge Shirley Ballas would have also chosen to save Saffron and AJ.

When asked by Tess about her time on the show, Michelle said: “This whole experience has been amazing. At 51 years old and never danced in my life, I never thought I’d be able to do what I have done and to have such an incredible partner. To be here for my husband and my kids and the entire community, that’s why I did what I did. I am so honoured to be welcomed by my new friends here.”

The remaining six couples will take to the dancefloor next week when Strictly Come Dancing returns on Saturday 23rd November at 7pm with

Michelle and Giovanni will appear live on Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two on the sofa with Rylan Clark-Neal for their first interview live on Monday 18th October from 6.30pm on BBC Two.

By Eastieoaks

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