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David James becomes fourth celebrity to leave Strictly Come Dancing 2019

The former England goalkeeper and his partner Nadiya Bychkova lost the dance-off to Mike Bushell and Katya Jones.

Strictly Come Dancing 2019 David James
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David James has become the fourth celebrity to leave Strictly Come Dancing 2019.

The former England goalkeeper and his professional partner Nadiya Bychkova scored just 16 points out of a possible 40 from the judges on Saturday night. When this was combined with the viewers’ votes, David and Nadiya found themselves in the dreaded dance-off for the third time in four weeks, alongside BBC Breakfast presenter Mike Bushell and his professional partner Katya Jones.

Both couples then performed their routines again, with David and Nadiya dancing a Jive to Michael Buble’s Such A Night and Mike and Katya reprising their Samba to Jump On by The Sugarhill Gang.

Judges Craig Revel Horwood, Motsi Mabuse and guest judge Alfonso Ribeiro (standing in for Bruno Tonioli) all voted to save Mike and Katya, sending David and Nadiya home.

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Head judge Shirley Ballas said she would also have voted to save Mike and Katya.

When asked by presenter Tess Daly about his Strictly Come Dancing experience, David said: “Oh I’ve loved it. I feel so bad I’ve let Nadiya down in a sense. I’ve enjoyed it but I’ve put some weight on though.”

Tess also asked David what his highlights had been. He added: “Having the best partner and the guys up there. Everyone’s lovely. Just a word to Will: I think I work hard, but, man, that guy puts a shift in.”

When Nadiya was asked if she had any words for David, she replied: “He’s done so well. I’m so proud of you. From the first day he couldn’t lift his elbows up or stand straight and now he’s delivered such an amazing jive. I’m so proud.”

Sunday night’s Results Show also featured a group performance and an appearance by rising star singer Mabel, performing her hit Don’t Call Me Up with professional dancers AJ Pritchard, Dianne Buswell, Nancy Xu and Gorka Marquez.

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Strictly Come Dancing will return on Saturday 26th October at 6.35 pm on BBC One, with the Results Show on Sunday 27th October at 7.15 pm on BBC One.


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