Actress Laila Rouass tonight became the twelfth celebrity to be voted off the seventh series of BBC One’s Strictly Come Dancing.
In week twelve and the quarter finals of the competition, the four remaining celebrity contestants and their professional dance partners took to the floor to perform both a Latin and a Ballroom dance. And with the competition hotting up, for the first time this series the couples had to perform and be judged on two individual dances.
Also this week, world renowned ballerina Darcey Bussell joined the judging panel as a guest judge to give her opinion on the remaining four couples. And with five judges on the panel, the couples received a score out of 50 for each of their two dances. These scores were then added together to create a final score out of 100.
After tonight’s performances, the combination of the judges’ scores and viewers’ votes left Laila and her professional partner Anton Du Beke in the bottom two and facing the dance off with actor Ricky Whittle and his professional partner Natalie Lowe.
Laila and Anton then performed their American Smooth to My Kind Of Girl and Ricky and Natalie performed their Foxtrot to Too Marvelous For Words for a second time for the judges’ deciding vote.
Making their decision on who to save, the judges said.
Craig Revel Horwood: “I am going for the most dynamic couple this evening and that is Ricky and Natalie.”
Darcey Bussell: “The couple I would like to save, that did the most perfect performance just now, is Ricky and Natalie
Alesha Dixon: “Well Laila I think you actually came out and did a much better job that time around, but for me the best dance of the night – Ricky and Natalie, I want to see you next week.”
With three out of five judges’ votes going to Ricky and Natalie, Laila and Anton were out of the competition, making Bruno Tonioli and Head Judge Len Goodman’s votes unnecessary.