Ellie Taylor to miss Strictly final as 'disadvantage' with partner Johannes exposed


    Strictly Come Dancing saw comedian Ellie Taylor and her partner Johannes Radebe make it through to next week’s BBC anniversary celebration. The pair scored 30 out of 40 for their Viennese Waltz to Boom Bang A Bang, with the judges noticing her progress. Yet professional dancer and Dancing with the Stars expert Gary Edwards claimed she could be in a difficult position.

    Ellie and Johannes were thrilled to have avoided the dance-off yet again as Strictly approaches its fifth week.

    The dance competition will be celebrating 100 years of the BBC next week, with Ellie and Johannes dancing the Tango to the Casualty theme tune.

    Ellie expressed her excitement for the week ahead during her de-brief with Claudia Winkleman after Saturday’s show.

    Following her last performance, she said on Instagram: “Dressing as a shepherdess for no particular reason and dancing to Lulu?

    “Peak camp Strictly achieved. ADORED being taken for a spin by my kindly farmhand @johannesradebe.”

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    Ellie is always quick to pay tribute to her professional partner but Gary Edwards said she may pay the price.

    Sharing his thoughts on their routine from Saturday with Express.co.uk he said: “That was a distraction for me.

    “I always get a bit suspicious when I can’t understand the story. I didn’t get it or enjoy it at all, which is rare for me because anything with Johannes I put my hands up and say ‘yes!’

    “This was definitely a no for me. The guy is so talented he can get the best out of everyone.

    “It’s actually bad for the celebrities because if you get Johannes, there’s an element of pressure on you because he’s probably the best pro to get.

    Gary said he would have put presenter Kym in the bottom two, stating he felt she was not giving it her all.

    He said: “The thing that got me is she looked as if she was in second gear, change up a gear and she could have shot up the leaderboard.

    “It didn’t look like there was enough in there, it was like ‘take a Red Bull!’.

    “Graziano has been brilliant this season and I thought Kym was taking it easy. I didn’t see 100 per cent effort.

    “She was just moving from foot to foot. It didn’t get out of second gear for me which is why she was in the bottom two for sure.”

    After her performance, Kym took to Instagram to express her gratitude to the judges who saved her.

    She said: “What a heartbreaking dance-off to win tonight. Matt and Nadiya, you have been amazing, you are gorgeous people and we will miss you enormously.

    “Thank you so much to everyone supporting #teammarshiano on our journey. We are having the most incredible fun and continue to be inspired by your support.

    “We will only grow from this experience and try to be better for you next week.

    “It is such an enormous pleasure to explore the dances week by week and to entertain you. Please continue your love and support – we are endlessly grateful and truly humbled.”

    Strictly Come Dancing returns to BBC One on Saturday at 6.40pm.


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