Viscountess Emma Weymouth became the sixth celebrity to depart the dancefloor as Mike Bushell was saved for a second time in two weeks on Sunday’s Strictly Come Dancing.
The socialite, 33, and her pro partner Aljaž Skorjanec, 29, performed their Samba in a bid to secure their position in the competition after scoring a disappointing 26 points out of 40, but were beaten by BBC Breakfast host Mike, 53, and Katya Jones, 30, amid claims he avoided the chop as he works for the broadcaster.
As judges Craig Revel Horwood, Motsi Mabuse, Shirley Ballas and Bruno Tonoili unanimously decided to send Emma home, the ‘heartbroken’ star gushed about her stint: ‘I’ve loved this more than anything I’ve done in my entire life.’
She’s out! Viscountess Emma Weymouth (C) became the sixth celeb to depart the dancefloor as Mike Bushell was saved for a second time in two weeks on Sunday’s Strictly Come Dancing
The model said of her partnership with choreographer Aljaž: ‘I’m going to be forever grateful to you for working so hard, you’ve been so patient with me and teaching me everything.
‘Thank you, I want to be friends forever because you’re just amazing. I never wanted to let you down, I’m just heartbroken’, Emma added.
Insisting he’s proud of the Kensington native, the ballroom pro enthused: ‘You never ever let me down from the first day of rehearsals when I walked in.
‘I’m the only professional to have danced with an actual lady on Strictly Come Dancing. From day one in rehearsals, your dedication, to go from a non-performer, non-dancer, to achieve what you achieved on this show, I’m lucky it was me that taught you how to dance.
He’s safe: The socialite, 33, was beaten by BBC Breakfast host Mike (pictured far right with Katya Jones), 53, amid claims he avoided the chop as he works for the broadcaster
‘I’ve loved this more than anything in my life’: As the judges unanimously decided to send Emma home, the ‘heartbroken’ star broke down (comforted by pro partner Aljaž Skorjanec, 29)
‘Thank you so much for every single second in rehearsals. On that dancefloor you surprised me positively every single week. Thank you so much.’
Media personality Emma was made to perform her skilled routine to Ed Sheeran and Justin Bieber’s I Don’t Care, while Mike displayed his fancy Charleston to Those Magnificent Men In Their Flying Machines by Ron Goodwin Orchestra.
Following their dances, the panel delivered their verdicts, with all four judges sending presenter Mike and Russian athlete Katya through to next week’s live shows.
Kicking off the feedback, Craig, 54, shared: ‘Well, for me the most challenging and the better dance, I thought on this particular performance for me, I’d like to save Mike & Katya.
Unfortunate: Media personality Emma was made to perform her skilled routine to Ed Sheeran and Justin Bieber’s I Don’t Care, but failed to impress the judges and was sent home as a result
Oti Mabuse’s sister and the latest addition to the panel, Motsi, 38, also chose to save the pair as she said: ‘I’m going to choose a couple which I think everything they did was much clearer to read, much easier to follow and more prepared. I’m going to go with Mike & Katya.’
Italian choreographer Bruno, 63, echoed: ‘Purely based on tonight’s performance, more entertaining, richer, more powerful and something extraordinary happened, the celebrity actually covered for the professionals mistake; Mike & Katya.’
Rounding off the decision, head judge Shirley, 59 – who bravely returned to the show just four days after removing her DD breast implants – said: ‘Yes I agreed, I’d have saved Mike & Katya.’
The competition series was hit by fix rumours as fans claimed news anchor Mike – who was controversially saved over Catherine Tyldesley – missed out on leaving the show due to his job as a BBC breakfast presenter.
North Yorkshire native Mike – who has even received vile death threats over winning last week’s dance-off – defiantly appeared on BBC Breakfast to defend his position on the show earlier this month.
He said: ‘It’s an entertainment show, we’re all trying our best, you’re not really competing against anybody else, you compete against yourself to try and learn to get better and better each week, even if its just learning a couple of new steps.
‘As a non-dancer all I can do is put the hours in, do my best and get through it. You have to rise above the abuse on social media, that’s one of the sad things about social media.
‘All you can do is do your best, accept the judges’ decision and move on. Johannes and Catherine are lovely people, I didn’t want to see them go but someone has to go.
‘It’s like football – you have to accept the referee’s decision. [The judges] are the best judges in the world, they do know what they’re talking about, if they’d sent me home that would have been the best decision, I can’t get involved in any of that.
‘I just have to concentrate on improving, and if Katya is happy with what I’m doing then I’m happy.’
‘All you can do is your best’: Mike – who has even received vile death threats over winning last week’s dance-off – defiantly defended his position on the show earlier this month