Strictly Come Dancing viewers angry after Tom Fletcher is sent home

‘My blood is boiling!’ Fuming Strictly Come Dancing viewers slam BBC show after fan favourite Tom Fletcher is sent home after ‘shock’ elimination

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Strictly Come Dancing viewers have slammed the show after Tom Fletcher became the eighth celebrity to be eliminated from the competition.

The McFly singer, 36, and his dance partner Amy Dowden, 31, failed to survive the dance-off after they landed in the bottom two with Rhys Stephenson and Nancy Xu. 

It wasn’t long before fans rushed to their keyboards to slam the verdict, with some even claiming their ‘blood was boiling’ after the ‘shocking’ decision.

Sent home: Strictly Come Dancing viewers have slammed the show after Tom Fletcher became the eighth celebrity to be eliminated from the competition

One wrote: ‘My blood is boiling at the #StrictlySpoiler. First time watching strictly in years and the decline in the voting of the judges is shocking. Never witnessed a show that is so blatant with how much of a fix it is.’

Another chimed in: ‘Dunno what the judges were watching in the dance off but Tom and Amy, you were robbed. Rhys’ routine was entertaining, but still scrappy and out of time. You were miles better.’

Meanwhile a third agreed: ‘I don’t often get annoyed by TV shows but the marking on #Strictly this year is so off.

Disappointing: The McFly singer, 36, and his dance partner Amy Dowden , 31, failed to survive the dance-off despite their best efforts

Angry: It wasn’t long before fans rushed to their keyboards to slam the verdict, with some even claiming their ‘blood was boiling’ after the ‘shocking’ decision

‘No way @TomFletcher should be bottom of the leaderboard. By far his best dance. Seems to be quite fixed for the judges’ favourites to stay.’

One more wrote: Disgusted that @TomFletcher was sent home, totally wrong result, Rhys was still ahead of the music & Nancy plus his kicks were sloppy, awful Jive. #scd #StrictlyComeDancing.’ 

Both couples performed their routines again with Rhys and Nancy dancing the Jive to Footloose from Footloose and Tom and Amy performing their Couples Choice to On My Own from Les Misérables in a bid to impress the judges.

Delivering their verdicts, guest judge Cynthia Erivo chose to save Rhys and Nancy, saying: ‘This was really tough, I think both couples did such a beautiful job, but there was just an edge in this couple’s dance. 

‘I really enjoyed it, thank you both for doing what you did, but Rhys and Nancy I choose you.’

Motsi Mabuse also voted to save Rhys and Nancy, saying: ‘Well I think this was so tough, I mean the toughest I have seen since I’ve been here. 

‘But there was a clear fighter. I did feel that Rhys and Nancy just put on another extra level so I’m going to save Rhys and Nancy.’

Bottom two: Rhys Stephenson and Nancy Xu (both right) successfully went through to the next round

Anton Du Beke agreed with his fellow judges, adding: ‘I agree with the other judges, it was an outstanding dance off. On Saturday night Rhys made a slight mistake and Tom didn’t really fulfil his potential in the dance. 

‘Tonight, both couples danced exquisitely but just a very slight edge goes to Rhys and Nancy.’

With three votes to Rhys and Nancy, it meant they had won the majority vote, and Tom and Amy would be leaving the competition regardless, however Head Judge Shirley Ballas said she would have decided to save Tom and Amy.

Shirley said: ‘No I would have saved Tom and Amy.’

Tom said: ‘Honestly I’ve had the best time, I’ve loved every second of it. I’ve made the best friend in Amy’

He added: ‘It’s an amazing show, everyone that works on it, all of you guys have been amazing, I’ve loved getting to know you’

When asked by host Tess about their time on the show, Tom said: ‘Honestly I’ve had the best time, I’ve loved every second of it. I’ve made the best friend in Amy, you’ve been amazing thank you so much for teaching me how to dance, I know it was a struggle at times. 

‘It’s an amazing show, everyone that works on it, all of you guys have been amazing, I’ve loved getting to know you. 

‘Thank you so much, it’s been the best experience and I don’t regret a single minute of it, so thank you everyone so much. I’m gutted to leave.’ 

She added: ‘Tom has given his all, and he is so humble, so genuine, so talented. The whole Fletcher family, they welcomed me in with opened arms and honestly I couldn’t have wished for a better time’

When asked about his three sons Buzz, seven, Buddy, five, and Max, three, Tom said: ‘I hope they are proud. 

‘They’ve loved learning to dance. That’s the thing, Amy hasn’t just taught me, she’s taught my kids.’

Amy was then asked if she had any words for his partner and said: ‘I really wasn’t ready for this. I’ve loved every single second from the bottom of my heart. Who gets to say they got to go on tour with McFly?! 

‘Tom has given his all, and he is so humble, so genuine, so talented. The whole Fletcher family, they welcomed me in with opened arms and honestly I couldn’t have wished for a better time. 

‘These memories are going to live with me for the rest of my life, and I’m telling you this now, the Fletchers are not getting rid of Amy.’

Tom responded: ‘Amy you’ve made it so amazing, so much fun. I thought I’d enjoy it but I didn’t think I’d enjoy it this much. 

‘This was the week I wanted to get to so I’m so glad that I got here. I’m so proud of the journey. So, thank you so much Amy.’

Strictly Come Dancing returns on Saturday 27th November at 6:55pm, with the results show on Sunday 28th November at 7:20pm on BBC One and BBC iPlayer. 

Show: The remaining couples will take to the dancefloor when Strictly Come Dancing returns on Saturday 27th November at 6:55pm

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