JJ Chalmers became the latest star to leave Strictly Come Dancing tonight.
Prince Harry’s pal and Paralympian JJ, 33, narrowly missed out on a semi-final place this evening after landing in the dance-off with Jamie Laing and partner Karen Hauer.
Both couples performed their routines again, with JJ and Amy dancing their Charleston to Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and Jamie and Karen performing their Jive to Everybody’s Talking About Jamie.
Afterwards, the judges delivered their verdicts, with Craig Revel Horwood choosing to save Jamie and Karen and Motsi saving JJ and Amy.
Giving his reasoning, Craig said: “Well I think both couples danced to the best of their abilities and both couples upped their game considerably. But for me the best couple on the night that I would like to go through to semi finals – Jamie and Karen.”
Meanwhile, Motsi said: “I actually think we saw two different dancing styles which both have their own qualities; both energetic, both so great at this dance off – very difficult decision. I saw a little hiccup with one dance, so I’m saving JJ and Amy.”
That meant that it was down to Head Judge Shirley Ballas to deliver the casting vote.
She said: “Both couples lifted their game, I adored both performances very very much, and both couples made small mistakes, both couples.
“But on a more powerful and through difficulty of choreography and through sheer determination, I’m going to save Jamie.”
Speaking afterwards, JJ said that he was “unbelievably proud” of what he and Amy had achieved.
He said: “I never thought I would make it this far, I’ve gotten half decent maybe at something which I had no clue about to begin with and I’ve enjoyed every second of it, it has just been an absolute blast.
“It’s just a privilege to be in this long. I mean this competition is insane! To be counted among that cast at this stage in particular means the world to me. It’s meant everything. It’s been an unbelievable challenge, well outside my comfort zone but I’ve had this one to just keep me in it and I can’t quite express what she means to me.”
The paralympian went on to deliver an emotional speech to his pro partner as he referenced her struggle with Crohn’s.
JJ said: “She’s lived through so much in her own right in fairness and I know that any day she can wake up and she could be hospitalised essentially so she lives fearing she’ll let people down. But the way you’ve built me up, you could never let me down.”
Amy was then asked if she had any words for JJ and she said: “ Aw JJ it has been an absolute honour to be your partner and most importantly friend, throughout your Strictly experience.
“He is, and everybody would agree, one of the world’s most truest gentlemen. I honestly believe from working with JJ over the last few months I’ve become a better person and I’ve learned so much.
“The way he faces challenges with such strength and determination, you have helped me for the rest of my life on how to face my own personal challenges. And honestly I’m so proud of every single step you’ve performed on this floor, I just had the best time.
“I didn’t think I could possibly fall in love with Strictly any more and this year my heart is just beaming full of Strictly and that’s down to absolutely everybody and I love you all.”