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Tyler West is the EIGHTH star to leave Strictly Come Dancing after ‘most difficult dance-off ever’ 

Tyler West became the eighth contestant to leave Strictly Come Dancing as he faced Molly Rainford in the dreaded dance off on Saturday night.

Molly and Carlos Gu performed their Jive to Bandstand by Barry Manilow, followed by Tyler and Dianne Buswell dancing their to a KC and the sunshine band mega mix 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 and with two votes going to Molly and one to Tyler, the deciding vote was down to head judge Shirley Ballas. 

Out: Tyler West became the eighth contestant to leave Strictly Come Dancing as he faced Molly Rainford in the dreaded dance off on Saturday night

Craig Revel Horwood chose to save Molly and Carlos, saying: ‘Wow, both couples danced so much better, they really did. 

‘Tyler, incredible hips, this time round, amazing. Molly, lighter, brighter, much more precise. 

‘I am finding this really difficult for the first time this season, but I would like to save Molly and Carlos.’ 

Motsi Mabuse also chose to save Molly and Carlos, adding: ‘Yes both couples were better in this performance, I’ve based my decision because of technique styles and presentation and I am going to save Molly and Carlos.’

Split vote: After both couples had danced a second time, the judges delivered their verdicts and with two votes going to Molly and one to Tyler, the deciding vote was down to Shirley

Split vote: After both couples had danced a second time, the judges delivered their verdicts and with two votes going to Molly and one to Tyler, the deciding vote was down to Shirley

Head judge: She chose to save Molly and Carlos, saying: 'Well, I agree with my fellow judges, this is probably one of the most difficult dance offs that we’ve ever had to choose'

Head judge: She chose to save Molly and Carlos, saying: ‘Well, I agree with my fellow judges, this is probably one of the most difficult dance offs that we’ve ever had to choose’

Time of his life: When asked by host Tess Daly about his time on the show, Tyler said: 'I’m more than a two step now!'

Time of his life: When asked by host Tess Daly about his time on the show, Tyler said: ‘I’m more than a two step now!’

However, Anton Du Beke chose to save Tyler and Dianne saying: ‘This is a testament to how incredible all the couples are, at this point of the competition. 

‘We have a situation here, where neither of these couples in competition deserve to be here, whereas they could have easily made the final. 

‘For me, brilliant performance by both the couples, but one of them was more dynamic, the couple I would like to save is Tyler and Dianne.’

End of the road: Tyler and Dianne looked devastated to find themselves in the bottom two

End of the road: Tyler and Dianne looked devastated to find themselves in the bottom two

With two votes for Molly and Carlos, and one vote for Tyler and Dianne, it meant that Head Judge Shirley Ballas would have the final decision.

She chose to save Molly and Carlos, saying: ‘Well, I agree with my fellow judges, this is probably one of the most difficult dance offs that we’ve ever had to choose. 

‘Both couples were outstanding, both improved their performances but I am going to go with what I believe in, and that is a quality of movement and precision in partnering, and I am going to go with Molly and Carlos.’

Disappointing: Molly and Carlos were the first to find out the faced the dreaded dance off

Disappointing: Molly and Carlos were the first to find out the faced the dreaded dance off

Top: Fleur East and her partner Vito Coppola were delighted to sail through to week ten after coming top of the leaderboard on Saturday with the first 40 of the series

Top: Fleur East and her partner Vito Coppola were delighted to sail through to week ten after coming top of the leaderboard on Saturday with the first 40 of the series 

When asked by host Tess Daly about his time on the show, Tyler said: ‘I’m more than a two step now! When you watch the show at home, you wonder what it must be like to dance on it, it’s everything and more, it’s changed my life.

‘This girl here, has changed my life for sure. To think I was some shy kid who never used to talk to anyone, to dancing in front of millions, I can’t put it into words. 

‘It’s my mum’s favourite show, I bought her to Blackpool, my nan bless her was always watching over me on this journey. 

‘But more importantly this show has changed my life in the sense it’s given me confidence, a new found family, every dancer, everyone in hair and make-up, costume. 

'Changed my life': When asked by Tess about his time on the show, Tyler said: 'I’m more than a two step now!'

‘Changed my life’: When asked by Tess about his time on the show, Tyler said: ‘I’m more than a two step now!’

‘The judges, it’s been amazing to dance in front of you every week, I genuinely mean that. 

‘But this girl here, I have been blessed with the best, she is what Strictly is about and she’s changed my life, I have no doubt she will be in my life forever.’

Asked if she had any words for her partner, Dianne said: ‘Endless words! You have been an absolute joy to work with, when I say that, you have come in every single session with the biggest smile on your face and it lights up this whole ballroom. 

Difficult decision: After both couples had danced a second time, the judges delivered their verdicts, with all of them saying how difficult the choice had been but choosing to save Molly and Carlos

Difficult decision: After both couples had danced a second time, the judges delivered their verdicts, with all of them saying how difficult the choice had been but choosing to save Molly and Carlos 

‘You are such a talent, you really are and you should feel so proud, I am so proud of you, your family are so proud and your nan is so proud of you. Thank you so much for everything.’

The results show opened with a moving performance from Sam Ryder, who sand John Farnham’s You’re the Voice alongside all of the Strictly professionals in a beautiful ballroom number and later he performed his latest single, All the Way Over.

The remaining seven couples will take to the dancefloor next week when Strictly Come Dancing returns on Saturday 26th November at 7.15pm, with the results show on Sunday 27th November at 6pm on BBC One.

Life-long friendship: Speaking about Diane he said: 'But this girl here, I have been blessed with the best, she is what Strictly is about and she’s changed my life, I have no doubt she will be in my life forever'

Life-long friendship: Speaking about Diane he said: ‘But this girl here, I have been blessed with the best, she is what Strictly is about and she’s changed my life, I have no doubt she will be in my life forever’

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