Will Mellor has become the 11th celebrity to leave Strictly Come Dancing after the semi-final closes.
The Coronation Street actor, 46, took on singer and radio DJ Fleur East, 35, in the dance after they finished bottom of a ranking based on scores from judges and the public.
The judges gave East 74 points and Mellor 70 points in the semi-finals when they performed two dances.
When asked for his final words, Mellor said: “I have to thank all of you for giving me this opportunity to put a smile on my mother’s face, she deserves it.
“I will apply what I have learned from this program to anything I do because it shows you can achieve more than you think.
“I don’t think I can get close to this and I’m so proud of what we’ve achieved and all the people who voted for me, the people who supported me, the messages I received. from the local community. and the kids.”
Mellor has previously said he wanted the shiny trophy so his mother could display it on her mantelpiece.
His professional dance partner, Nancy Xu, also said on Monday’s show: “I really wish I could make more memories with you and your family.”
To save himself, the Bredbury, Stockport and Xu-born actor danced to the couples’ choice in a ’90s Manchester-inspired medley but failed to win the judges’ backs .
Craig Revel Horwood, Motsi Mabuse and Shirley Ballas all chose East and her partner was Vito Coppola, who performed Fiorello’s Charleston to Tu Vuo’ Fa L’Americano.
Anton Du Beke, the only judge who chose Mellor, said “both dances are great” but he has to go into “details”.
He added: “Due to the error of getting off the elevator, I will have to save Will and Nancy.”
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Mabuse said the “details” made her choose East while Revel Horwood also said the singer was the “most impressive”.
Ballas said she knew the public had taken a different path than the judges but due to “micro details” she also chose East, calling it “the hardest decision” she had made for now.
Elsewhere on the show, Lewis Capaldi performed his latest single Pointless, alongside dancers Giovanni Pernice and Katya Jones.
The remaining four couples – East and Coppola, Hamza Yassin and Jowita Przystal, Molly Rainford and Carlos Gu, Helen Skelton and Gorka Marquez – will hit the dance floor next week for the final.
Strict Come Dancing: The Final will be broadcast live on Saturday at 7:15pm, on BBC One and BBC iPlayer.
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