Strictly Come Dancing’s Graeme Swann sent home after shock Quickstep slip-up

Graeme Swann is the ninth celebrity to leave Strictly Come Dancing as he faced Ashley Roberts in the dreaded dance off.

He and his partner, Oti Mabuse, tried their best to impress with a Quickstep to Sing Sing Sing by The Andrews Sisters, both dressed in adorable sailor outfits, while Ashley and Pasha Kovalev took to the floor for their Samba to Hot Hot Hot by Arrow.

Sadly, Graeme’s performance didn’t do the trick, and it was unanimously decided that Ashley and Pasha should keep their spot in the competition, meaning it was goodbye to Graeme.

On his departure, he told host Tess Daly: "I’d have voted for Ashley and Pasha as well. I can’t quite believe I was put against them to be honest but this whole journey I’ve got to say, before I say gloating things about Oti that I’m obviously going to. This show and what you’ve got is something special and thank you for letting me be a part of it.”

Strictly Come Dancing's Graeme Swann sent home after shock Quickstep slip-up

They did their best in the dance-off
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Strictly Come Dancing's Graeme Swann sent home after shock Quickstep slip-up

Ashley and Pasha gave it their all
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“Secretly I’ve had 25 years of ballroom experience but I kept that to myself! No, I was a novice coming in to this. This woman Oti is, this girl sorry, she’s not old enough to be a woman obviously, has just made me fall in love with this whole dance nonsense that I thought it was before.

"I absolutely adore you for that, I’ll never forget everything you taught and shouted at me for weeks and weeks. My fingers will never be open in ballroom and that’s for you Craig, every week, that’s for you. I’ve just had the best of times I’ve had the worst of times, it’s been very hard missing the kids and the wife.

"Blackpool I will never forget, this whole experience I will never forget and Oti I will never forget you, you absolute hero. To be honest let’s face it when you get down to the nitty gritty of this competition, I was on borrowed time, unless I learnt to fly or something I wasn’t going to past here.”

Strictly Come Dancing's Graeme Swann sent home after shock Quickstep slip-up

Oti and Graeme sadly didn’t make it through
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Strictly Come Dancing's Graeme Swann sent home after shock Quickstep slip-up

They cheered the judges before chatting to Tess
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Oti was clearly emotional as she set to say goodbye to her friend, who she declared gave her her best series so far.

She said: "I’ve had the best season of my entire career on Strictly. I have never laughed so much, I’ve never been so angry so much. I have the best friend in you. We might not have been the best dancers but you have the spirit of Strictly.

"The show is such a nice family to be a part of the judges are amazing, the pros and the celebs are such a great support because they are lovely, so thank you guys.”

After both couples had danced a second time the judges delivered their verdicts, with Craig Revel Horwood saying: “For me it’s a no brainer and the couple I’d like to save, Ashley and Pasha.”

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Graeme and Oti say goodbye
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Darcey Bussell said: “The couple I would like to save based on this dance is the more technically efficient performance and that was Ashley and Pasha.”

Shirley Ballas agreed with all the judges, after Bruno Tonioli said: " No disrespect but it’s evident. Overall much much stronger on every level, come on, it’s Ashley. Ashley and Pasha.”

Strictly Come Dancing returns on Saturday 1 December at 6.50pm, with the results show on Sunday 2 December at 7.20pm on BBC1.