Strictly Come Dancing 2016: Who were the seventh couple to leave?
Laura Whitmore and Giovanni Pernice have left Strictly Come Dancing.
The TV Presenter and professional dance partner faced Ore Oduba and Joanne Clifton the dance-off on Sunday night (November 6), with the judges unanimously choosing to save the latter couple.
Despite an energetic Samba to Gipsy King’s “Bamboleo” and comments from the judges praising the last ditch performance, Laura and Giovanni became the seventh couple to leave the ballroom and Latin dancing competition.
Craig Revel Horwood said: “One couple danced the best I’ve ever seen them dance and I think was probably their personal best; but for me, the dance of the night and who I would like to save was Ore and Joanne.”
Darcey Bussell added that “both couples danced exceptionally well tonight and it makes it very difficult” before choosing to save Ore and Joanna for a “finished performance”.
Bruno Tonioli praised the dance-off as a “treat”, telling both couples: “You both danced with such vibrancy, energy and entertainment value, it’s like splitting hairs here. We didn’t put you there, if you didn’t vote, don’t moan. But I have to pick one out of the two that in a way outshone everyone else, and that couple was Ore and Joanne.”
Following her departure, Whitmore said Strictly had been “a great opportunity” and that she had “really enjoyed my time with Giovanni and learning so much”.
Asked if the show had fulfilled her expectations, she enthused: “Just being here, the judges, behind the scenes. I don’t think anyone realises how much goes on here, the make-up, the costume, everything and just to be part of that for a little while is amazing. And if I’m going to go against anyone then, Ore, I mean… I’m okay.”