Tyler West said his experience on Strictly Come Dancing has given him confidence and a “newfound family” as he becomes the eighth contestant to leave the show after a weekend play at Blackpool.
Following Saturday’s live show, which saw the BBC competition return to the town’s prestigious Tower Ballroom for the first time since 2019 following a pandemic hiatus, Kiss FM DJ found herself in a scary dance match with Molly Rainford.
During the announcement of the results, West reprized his salsa into KC and The Sunshine Band’s Megamix with his partner Dianne Buswell to impress the judges.
For his initial routine on Saturday, he earned a score of 35 after splitting and performing challenging lifts while wearing an afro wig and flared pants.
Meanwhile, singer-actor Rainford and her partner Carlos Gu once again performed their dance with Barry Manilow’s Bandstand Boogie, the previous song also scored 35 points and described by Anton Du Beke. described it as “wonderful”.
After both couples danced a second time, three of the four judges chose to save Rainford, sending West packing.
Craig Revel Horwood said he felt both dance pairs were “so much better” and that when he first made the series, he found it difficult to choose, but he ultimately chose to save Rainford and Gu.
Motsi Mabuse agreed that the second performance was better but said she decided to save Rainford and Gu based on technical style and presentation.
Du Beke said he felt both pairs could “easily make it to the final” but chose to save West and Buswell because he felt they were “more dynamic”.
Chief judge Shirley Ballas had the deciding vote, noting that “it was probably one of the hardest dance moves we’ve ever had to choose”.
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In the end, her vote saved Rainford and Gu, explaining: “Both pairs were excellent, both improved their performances but I’ll go on with what I believe in, and that’s it. is the quality of the movement and the precision of the collaboration.”
Last weekend, West also reached the knockout stages but he was given his freedom after former England footballer Tony Adams was forced to withdraw through injury.
Recalling his time on the show, West said: “I’m more than two steps away now! When you watch the show at home, you wonder what it would be like to dance on it, that’s all and more, it changed my life.
“This girl has definitely changed my life. When I thought that I was a shy kid who had never talked to anyone, never danced in front of millions, I couldn’t put it into words.
“It’s my mom’s favorite show, I took her to Blackpool, my grandma, bless her, has been with me on this journey.
“But, more importantly, this show changed my life in the sense that it gave me confidence, a new family, every dancer, everyone in the hair and makeup, the costumes. .
“Judges, it’s amazing to dance in front of you every week, I mean really.
Turning to Buswell, he added: “This girl is here, I have been blessed with the best, she is just what is serious and she has changed my life, I have no doubt. whatever, she will be in my life forever.”
Buswell also praised his partner, describing him as an “absolute pleasure to work with”, adding: “You came into every session with the biggest smile on your face and it made light up this ballroom.
“You are such a talent, you really are, and you should feel so proud, I am so proud of you, your family is so proud and your grandmother is so proud of you. Thank you so much for everything.”
Sunday’s results show also opened with a performance by Eurovision runner-up Sam Ryder, who sang You’re the Voice by John Farnham alongside all the Serious Professionals in an elegant ballroom, and then he performed his latest single, All the Way Over.
Return to Blackpool proved to be a special show as singer and radio DJ Fleur East earned the series’ first perfect 40th spot of 2022 after infusing Destiny’s Child inside her.
The remaining seven couples will hit the dance floor next week when Strictly Come Dancing returns on Saturday November 26 at 7:15pm, with results shown on Sunday November 27th at 6pm on BBC One.
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