The result didn't help recent allegations of the show being fixed, with others claiming it was now merely a popularity contest not a dance competition. Helen and Aljaz had the highest combined total of any couple over the whole series, and there departure was met by genuine shock from the judges. Helen and Aljaz were up against competition favourites Georgia and Giovani in the danceoff.
Darcey Bussell was left upset and Craig Revell Horwood evidently irritated that the public's voting had left the danceoff in this position.
Helen and Aljaz were fifth in the leaderboard with 34 points after their Paso Doble to the famous"At The End of the Day" from Les Miserable. The judges were impressed, with Bruno calling it “very strong and very impactful."
They were up against Georgia and Giovanni, whose place in the bottom two was met by shock as it was announced by Tess Daly. Their 'Beauty and the Beast' themed Foxtrot scored 36 points with the judges and was given high praise. “That was absolutely delightful, in fact I'd go as far as to say enchanting" was the verdict of Craig Revel Horwood.
Despite two performances of the highest quality, one couple had to go home. The judges were in unanimous agreement, that Georgia was the one to go through, however they also agreed that the fact these two were in the bottom two was a travesty in itself.
Around the dancefloor
Elsewhere, it was last man standing Jay and his partner Aliona that topped the leaderboard on quarter-finals week as they propelled themselves back to favourites to win the competition. From the famous musical 'Once', the pair performed a rumba to 'Falling Slowly' and were awarded 39 points by the judges. “The intimacy brought tears to my eyes, it was fabulous", said Darcy. Len also had high praise; “Tonight, you've convinced me that you're a terrific dancer."
In joint second place behind them was Kellie and Kevin who scored 36 points for their Oliver Twist themed Viennese Waltz. “It wasn't elegant, had absolutely no grace whatsoever and was common as... but you know what, I loved it!" It was the perfect musical for Kellie whose day-to-day acting as a landlady in the Queen Vic on EastEnders played right into her hands for this routine. Whilst this was not their most technically accomplished routine, it was great entertainment.
Katie and Anton were next in the leaderboard, with 35 points for their Cabaret themed Foxtrot. This is the furthest Anton has ever made it in ten years of Strictly Come Dancing and thanks to a big public following, the pair could be outsiders for the title. Len credited them on Saturday for a “very accomplished performance". The couple are getting stronger as the weeks progress.
Sitting at the foot of the leaderboard and probably feeling the luckiest to be in the Semi-Final next week are Anita and Gleb, whose Chicago inspired Argentine Tango scored them 31 points. Bruno credited the pair for tackling such an iconic number, however was less impressed with the sloppy footwork. Craig in particular was very critical; “I'm afraid this dance exposed all of your weak points". The couple have struggled in recent weeks and have relied on the public vote to carry them through.
How to find a ballroom dance class
The likes of Jay McGuiness and Georgia May Foote have made learning ballroom dance look like a piece of cake. If they can do it, why can't you learn too? Thanks to Strictly, ballroom dancing classes have become easy to find all across the UK. With so many different styles available such as Salsa, Samba, Quickstep and the Waltz, there is plenty of fun to be had and something to suit everyone.
To find one of the hundreds of Dance Studios or Dance Instructors on Dance Near You, simply visit the website home page and search using your postcode. Once you've found a class to suit you, get in contact with the instructor to find out more about the class.