Strictly Come Dancing’s Judi Love eliminated after battling Covid

Strictly Come Dancing’s Judi Love has become the fifth celebrity to be eliminated from the 2021 series after facing Adam Peaty in the dance-off.

The Loose Women presenter, who had been off the show for one week after testing positive for Covid, took to the ballroom floor once again with Graziano Di Prima to perform their cha cha to Physical by Olivia Newton-John.

Adam and his partner Katya Jones then performed their Viennese waltz to Moonlight Sonata by Ludwig Van Beethoven.

After both couples had danced a second time, the judges delivered their verdicts with Craig Revel Horwood, Anton Du Beke and Motsi Mabuse all choosing to save Adam and Katya.

‘I have to say that dance off was really great, it was great to watch both couples dancing on the dancefloor,’ Motsi said. ‘The decision was made for me and so I have to say that the couple that I will be saving is Adam and Katya.’

With three votes to Adam and Katya, it meant they had won the majority vote and Judi and Graziano would be leaving the competition regardless, however head judge Shirley Ballas said she would have also decided to save the pair.

‘I agreed I would have saved Adam and Katya,’ she agreed.

When asked by Tess Daly about their time on the show, Judi said: ‘Can I just say I’m taking Graz home! I will keep dancing.

‘This has been an amazing experience, a life changing experience, I want to say thank you to all the professional dancers, the judges, the team, everybody!

‘Graziano has supported me, stuck by me, and took me to a place I never thought I could go and so for that I love you so much. Thank you.’

Graziano was then asked if he had any words for his partner and said: ‘She knows, basically. First of all, I’ve made a friend for life.

‘She is one of the strongest women I’ve ever met, this woman has been in rehearsal every day, for every dance, given me 150%, and you know what I love the most, you are true, you are real, so thank you so much.’

Strictly Come Dancing continues on Saturday at 6:45pm on BBC One.

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