Strictly’s Judi Love is fifth star eliminated after facing Adam Peaty in dance-off

Judi Love became the fifth star to be eliminated from the 2021 series of Strictly Come Dancing on Sunday night.

The Loose Women star, 41, who recently returned to the dance floor after battling Covid, faced Adam Peaty in the show's dreaded dance-off where they had to perform their spooktacular Halloween routines from Saturday night again.

Judi and her professional partner Graziano Di Prima performed their Cha Cha to Physical by Olivia Newton-John while Adam, 26, and pro Katya Jones performed their Viennese Waltz to Moonlight Sonata by Ludwig Van Beethoven.

Judges — Motsi Mabuse, Craig Revel Horwood, Anton Du Beke and Shirley Ballas — then delivered their feedback as they each revealed who they wanted to stay in the competition.

Craig, who chose to save Adam and Katya, said: "‘I think it's a tough year for celebrities to sign up for Strictly, there is so much dance talent that you are competing with.

"All that being said, I have a personal preference and that personal preference, on their dance tonight, is Adam and Katya."

Motsi, who chose to save Adam and Katya, added: "I have to say that dance off was really great, it was great to watch both couples dancing on the dance floor.

"The decision was made for me and so I have to say that the couple that I will be saving is Adam and Katya."

Anton, who chose to save Adam and Katya, said: "When these two couples danced these dances last night, I gave them the same mark.

"Watching them tonight, they both made mistakes, but the couple who pushed through with their routine in a stronger way is Adam and Katya."

Due to there being three votes to save Adam and Katya, the duo had already won the majority vote with head judge Shirley revealing she would have saved the latter also.

Speaking after their fate on the show was revealed, 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."

While professional dancer Graziano added: "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."

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The results episode also featured a haunting routine by the professional dancers while Gregory Porter performed his latest single Dry Bones.

The remaining celebrities will battle it out on the dance floor next Saturday.

Strictly Come Dancing continues next Saturday at 6:45pm with the results show airing on Sunday at 7:15pm on BBC One.

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