Melvin Odoom is the first celebrity to leave Strictly 2016 – without a dance-off

Due to an injury, Anastacia was unable to dance - and under house rules that meant goodbye to last-placed Melvin


There were two casualties of the Strictly dance floor in week two (three if you count Brendan Cole). An injured Anastacia was forced to perform a modified version of her routine on Saturday night (accidentally whacking partner Brendan in the face in the process). But that only aggravated the problem, meaning that despite being one of the bottom two contestants she was unable to compete in a dance-off on Sunday night.


In that situation, Strictly house rules state that the celebrity with the lowest number of viewer votes is sent home, meaning radio DJ and TV presenter Melvin Odoom was the one to pack up his dancing shoes.  

A Strictly Come Dancing spokesperson said: “There was no Dance Off tonight due to a confirmed injury. As per the Strictly Come Dancing rules if the Dance Off cannot go ahead then the result reverts to the viewer vote.”

Melvin said of the unusual turn of events, “It was unexpected but I care about the people before everything else, I love Anastacia I think she’s a great woman, she’s a great role model and her health comes first before everything else. As much as this is a great show and competition, her health comes first; it’s the way it is.” 

He also had warm words for the Strictly crew, and his professional dance partner Janette Manrara, saying “every single person on this show; the contestants, the dancers, the production, the judges, everyone is absolutely amazing. It’s a blessing to be on the show and thank you for Janette, it’s been a great experience for me, thank you!”

Janette added, “In this industry, we get to meet a lot of different kind of people and I think Melvin is one of those individuals that you meet and never forget from the first moment you meet them. He’s got such a beautiful soul, such a gorgeous smile, an infectious personality and I just want to thank you for making this, although short, an extremely sweet journey amazing for me.”

Anastacia said: “I danced on Saturday even though the doctor had advised me to rest after I ripped the scar tissue around where I had my double mastectomy. After that I was unable to dance again and I was devastated that I couldn’t take part in the Dance Off. I am so very sad to see Melvin and Janette go, they are the most the most wonderful pair and I will miss Melvin’s unique spirit and beautiful smile.”


It’s movie week up next on Strictly, on Saturday 8th October at 6:45pm and Sunday 9th October at 7:15pm on BBC1