Susan Calman left Strictly Come Dancing 2017 tonight during the results show, missing out on a place in the quarter-final next week.
Along with her partner Kevin Clifton, Susan found herself in the bottom two opposite Alexandra Burke and Gorka Marquez. Following the dance-off the judges unanimously decided to save Alexandra and Gorka.
Talking about her departure Susan said, “I have loved every minute of it. Everyone from wardrobe, make-up, the runners, you and lovely Claudia, Zoe on It Takes Two, the beautiful judges who have brought such light into my life every single week, everyone involved in the show, the audience, everyone who voted for us, we got far further than we thought we would. To my friends and my family and my lovely wife who’s here every single week supporting me. Most of all, I’ve made a friend for life and Kevin may not have won the Glitterball this year but he’s won Strictly for me.”
Kevin added, “I’d like to say a couple of thankyous actually; when Strictly is on I’m not the easiest person to live with, I go a bit mad so I’d like to say first of all thanks to my wife for putting up with me. I’d like to say thank you to Strictly Come Dancing and echoing everything that Susan said about everyone on it because I think in a world where not everything going on at the moment is always nice, Strictly is the one thing that brings a lot of joy and happiness into the world through the wonderful thing that is dance. And I think Susan you’ve been the absolute epitome of joy and happiness throughout this whole competition which in my eyes makes you a beautiful dancer. So thank you for dancing with me and thanks for being my friend.”
Music tonight came from Kelly Clarkson who performed the title track from her latest album, Meaning of Life.
Strictly Come Dancing 2017 continues at 7.05pm Saturday on BBC One with Musicals Week. See all of the action from tonight’s results show in our gallery below: