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Richie Anderson and Giovanni Pernice performed an entertaining Samba to Hakuna Matata from The Lion King on Strictly Come Dancing on Saturday night. They donned brilliant costumes as they gave it their all on the dancefloor, but it was seemingly not enough to secure a place next week. Viewers now have the chance to vote in an poll for who they think deserves the credit.

Movie Week got off to a great start with a colourful Encanto routine from the Strictly professionals.

As each of the couples then took to the dancefloor, they were able to show off their incredible costumes as they danced to songs from their favourite films.

Shirley Ballas loved Richie and Giovanni’s Samba, for which they wore Timon and Pumbaa costumes.

However, they received the least votes from the audience and were in the dreaded dance-off along with Fleur East and Vito Coppola.

Richie became the second contestant to leave the competition, with Craig Revel Horwood, Motsi Mabuse and Anton Du Beke all choosing to save Fleur.

He was positioned about halfway down the leaderboard, with a score of 27 points from the night.

There were five other couples with lower scores than the DJ and presenter, yet he found himself in the bottom two.

Shirley disagreed with her fellow judges, saying she would have saved Richie and Giovanni.

Shirley said it was one of their best numbers so far and said they had “lovely bounce”.

Was he the right person to be sent home? Viewers can vote in the poll now.

Craig said Fleur was the “most accomplished technician” out of the two contestants.

Meanwhile, Motsi said neither of the couples should have been in the dance-off in the first place.

She said: “I think it’s heart-breaking actually because I think both of you do not deserve to be here but this is how the public voted and based on this dance off I’m going to save Fleur and Vito.”

Anton said Fleur had a better level of artistry in her performance, which is why he chose to save her.

Richie was gutted to be leaving the show so early but said it was a magical thing to be a part of.

Ahead of the dance off, he said: “I mean, I enjoyed dancing the first time around so I’m just going to go out there and give it 110 per cent.”


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He praised the crew behind the scenes, as well as his partner Giovanni for being “a fantastic guy”.

Giovanni said: “I have to say it’s been an honour to be able to dance with you because I know how much you love Strictly Come Dancing, you really are a superfan.

“And I’m glad that you got to do this experience and glad that I got to do it with you.

“It’s been a shame it’s been too short for us but I hope you’ve enjoyed every single second of it, and it stays in your heart forever.”

Fleur and Vito were relieved to have made it through to week four and will be training extra hard to avoid the same fate next week.

After Movie Week, the couples at the bottom of the leaderboard were Tony Adams and Katya Jones, and Matt Goss and Nadiya Bychkova.

Tony received plenty of praise from viewers after his performance to You Sexy Thing from The Full Monty.

As part of his saucy routine, he stripped down to a pair of sparkly red boxers, leaving the judges speechless.

He only scored 18 points, but the judges said the entertainment value alone was worth top marks.

Matt and Nadiya scored 21 points with their Viennese Waltz to Hold My Hand from Top Gun: Maverick.

Strictly Come Dancing returns next Saturday on BBC One at 6.30pm

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