Angela Rippon was the eighth celebrity to be eliminated from Strictly Come Dancing 2023 following Sunday’s dreaded dance off.
During the Blackpool special on Saturday, the presenter, 79, returned to the seaside resort after hosting the original version of the show, Come Dancing, in the Eighties and Nineties.
Angela and her professional dance partner Kai Widdrington danced the American Smooth to Tea for Two by Ella Fitzgerald, scoring 28 points out of a possible 40.
Angela faced Bobby Brazier in the tense dance off as both stars tried to impress the judges one final time.
First up in the dance off was Bobby and his dance partner Dianne Buswell, who performed their Jive to Wake Me Up Before You Go Go by Wham! before Angela and Kai performed for a second time.
It’s over: Angela Rippon was the eighth celebrity to be eliminated from Strictly Come Dancing 2023 following Sunday’s dreaded dance off
Brutal: Angela faced Bobby Brazier in the tense dance off as both stars tried to impress the judges one final time
Craig Revel Horwood chose to save Bobby and Dianne, saying: ‘Well, there’s a standout performance for me that I can’t ignore and the couple that I would like to save are Bobby and Dianne.’
Motsi Mabuse also chose to save Bobby and Dianne. She added: ‘I felt that both couples danced so beautifully. Really one of the most beautiful dance offs we have had. I am going to save Bobby and Dianne.’
Anton Du Beke agreed and said: ‘Well again, I thought it was a marvellous dance off. Both couples danced very, very well. I thought Bobby and Dianne danced excellently again.
‘I thought that Angela and Kai’s dance was beautiful and Angela even thanked one of the other dancers for lifting her and putting her down so gracefully which I thought was absolutely beautiful. For me the couple I would like to save are Bobby and Dianne.’
With three votes to Bobby and Dianne, it meant they had won the majority vote and would be staying in the competition regardless, however Head Judge Shirley Ballas also said she would have decided to save Bobby and Dianne.
When asked by Tess about her time on the show, Angela said: ‘I have to tell you that the last nine weeks have probably been the most terrifying, the most fantastic, the most glorious, the most joyful that I have spent for a very long time in my profession.
When asked by Tess about her time on the show, Angela said: ‘I have to tell you that the last nine weeks have probably been the most terrifying, the most fantastic, the most glorious, the most joyful that I have spent for a very long time in my profession.’
Kai said: ‘Dancing with you [to Angela] the whole way through this competition has just been such a celebration of yourself and her life and I wish she could see me now. I’m so proud of you [to Angela] and you should be proud of yourself’
‘I have had the time of my life, people keep making reference to the fact that I presented Come Dancing, but that was forty years ago, that was a different time! He [Kai] wasn’t even born then!
‘But actually being this side of the competition, this side of the programme has been really an eye opener for me in so many different ways. Everybody talks about the team and all the pros – everyone who has danced – there is a real team spirit in this programme unlike anything I’ve come across anywhere else in any of the many programmes I’ve done.
‘It’s absolutely fabulous. They support us, they encourage us all the time – it’s absolutely wonderful. But the person who really has to get the most credit is this gentleman here [to Kai].’
‘He’s [Kai] an old soul on young shoulders. He’s 28 and I’m 79, there’s a 51 year difference in our ages. He has looked after me so brilliantly, he’s a wonderful dancer, a great choreographer, but he’s a terrific teacher… and he has the patience of a saint!
‘All I can say is that you’ve [to Kai] got me here so don’t you dare cry! He and his partner, Nadiya, are in every sense of the word beautiful people and I am so pleased to have you in my life.’
Kai said: ‘Since week one when I met this amazing woman – as she said I wasn’t even born when she did Come Dancing, I had to ask my parents about the amazing Morecombe and Wise moment that was so famous, and about Come Dancing. Like Angela just said, there’s a 50 year age gap between us, but we’re like mates!’
‘Dancing with you [to Angela] the whole way through this competition has just been such a celebration of yourself and her life and I wish she could see me now. I’m so proud of you [to Angela] and you should be proud of yourself, it’s been my absolute honour and pleasure to dance with you especially in this beautiful ballroom.’
Yay! Strictly Come Dancing returned to Blackpool’s famous Tower Ballroom on Saturday night, with Angela experiencing a full circle moment
She’s back: The television presenter took to the dancefloor with her partner Kai with duo dancing the American Smooth to Tea for Two by Ella Fitzgerald
The results show on Sunday night was bursting at the seams with glitz and glamour, the evening was opened by our professional dancers turning the Ballroom purple with a memorable routine to a Harry Styles medley.
Plus a performance from Madness singing their new song ‘C’est La Vie’ with a beautiful dance from Nadiya Bychkova, Graziano Di Prima, Jowita Przystał, Gorka Márquez, Michelle Tsiakkas and Neil Jones.
It comes after Strictly Come Dancing returned to Blackpool’s famous Tower Ballroom on Saturday night, with Angela Rippon experiencing a full circle moment.
Angela’s appearance at the Tower Ballroom was hanging in the balance when she found herself in the bottom two for a second time last week.
After failing to impress the public she was saved once again by the judges, despite her suffering a near fall during her Paso Doble.
The first Come Dancing programme was aired in 1950 and presented by Peter Dimmock, with Leslie Mitchell as the master of ceremonies.
Angela joined as a presenter a few years later alongside the likes of Terry Wogan, Judith Chalmers, David Jacobs, and Rosemarie Ford.
Come Dancing ended in 1998. However the success of the film Strictly Ballroom rekindled interest in dance and so, in 2004, Strictly Come Dancing aired on BBC.
The presenter came under fire last week after she sent Krishnan Guru-Murthy home in her second dance off .
Angela and Kai won the majority vote keeping them in the competition, but head judge Shirley Ballas said she would have decided to save Krishnan and Lauren.
Wow: The presenter returned to the seaside resort after hosting the original version of the show, Come Dancing, in the Eighties and Nineties (pictured in 1988)
Judge Craig Revel Horwood said: ‘ Well Krishnan you really upped your game in that dance off, it was magnificent. Angela you nearly lost your supporting leg darling in the kick but you saved it, miraculously.
‘But the couple that I would like to save and go through to Blackpool is Angela and Kai.’
While Shirley said: ‘Well I picked the person that I felt was more grounded on their feet without any technical errors and I would have saved Krishnan & Lauren.’
The remaining six couples will take to the dancefloor next when Strictly Come Dancing returns on Saturday 25th November at 19:30, with the results show on Sunday 26th November at 19:20 on BBC One and BBC iPlayer.
Strictly 2023: Week Nine Leaderboard
Layton Williams and Nikita Kuzmin – Couple’s Choice to Ain’t No Other Man by Christina Aguilera – 39 points out of 40
Ellie Leach and Vito Coppola – Charleston to Love Machine by Girls Aloud – 39 points out of 40
Angela Scanlon and Carlos Gu – Argentine Tango to Black To Black by Amy Winehouse – 38 points out of 40
Bobby Brazier and Dianne Buswell – Jive to Wake Me Up Before You Go Go by Wham! – 35 points out of 40
Annabel Croft and Johannes Radebe – American Smooth to Unchained Melody by Benedetta Caretta – 35 points out of 40
Nigel Harman and Katya Jones – Quickstep to It Don’t Mean A Thing If It Ain’t Got That Swing by Duke Ellington – 31 points out of 40
Angela Rippon and Kai Widdrington – American Smooth to Tea for Two by Ella Fitzgerald – 28 points out of 40