Graeme Swann is the ninth celebrity to depart the dance floor in Strictly Come Dancing 2018

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


The judges’ scores were combined with the results of the viewers’ votes to decide the lowest scoring two couples facing the dance off. This week, that was Graeme Swann and his professional partner Oti Mabuseand Ashley Roberts and her professional partner Pasha Kovalev.



Both couples performed their routines again, Graeme and Oti performed a Quickstep to Sing Sing Sing by The Andrews Sisters, and Ashley and Pasha performed their Samba to Hot Hot Hot by Arrow, in a bid to impress the judges and remain in the competition.


After both couples had danced a second time the judges delivered their verdicts:


Craig Revel Horwood chose to save Ashley and Pasha.


Craig said: “For me it’s a no brainer and the couple I’d like to save, Ashley and Pasha.”


Darcey Bussell chose to save Ashley and Pasha.


Darcey said: “The couple I would like to save based on this dance is the more technically effient performance and that was Ashley and Pasha.”


Bruno Tonioli also chose to save Ashley and Pasha.


Bruno said: “No disrespect but it’s evident. Overall much much stronger on every level, come on, it’s Ashley. Ashley and Pasha.”

Head Judge Shirley Ballas said she agreed with her fellow judges and would have saved Ashley and Pasha.


When asked by Tess about his time on the show, Graeme said: “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.”


“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.”

 Oti was asked if she had any words for Graeme, 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.”


Saturday’s show saw all seven couples take to the dancefloor for the Lindy-Hop-A-Thon where all seven performed at the same time to impress the judges for extra points.


Sunday’s Results show opened with an amazing group routine, a collaboration between the Strictly pros and dance company, Candoco as well as a musical performance from music legend, Sir Rod Stewart singing his new song ‘Farewell’.


The remaining seven couples will take to the dancefloor next week when Strictly Come Dancing returns onSaturday 1st December at 6.50pm, with the results show on Sunday 2nd December at 7.20pm on BBC One.