Last night’s Strictly was an unusual affair, with regular judge Bruno Tonioli absent for the first time in fifteen seasons and the usual scoring system altered accordingly to handle just three judges (Shirley Ballas, Darcey Bussell and Craig Revel Horwood).
And it’s fair to say that the competition is getting tighter than ever, with longstanding frontrunners like Debbie McGee, Alexandra Burke and Aston Merrygold finding themselves challenged by up-and-comers Joe McFadden, Mollie King, Johnnie Peacock and Gemma Atkinson while the likes of Susan Calman, Simon Rimmer, Ruth Langsford and Brian Conley are still collecting towards the bottom of the leaderboard.
As usual, Saturday’s episode was brilliantly entertaining TV and we’d love to see every single contestant get another shot to prove their worth – but that’s sadly NOT the format the BBC chose to go with, so we asked RadioTimes.com readers who they thought deserved to get the twinkle-toed boot on tonight’s results show. And it’s fair to say the results are fairly definitive.
At the top of people’s elimination preferences with 37% of the vote is Sunday Brunch host Simon Rimmer, whose Charleston to Gene Kelly’s Fit as a Fiddle failed to impress the judges and scored just 16 points last night.
Closely following him is comedian and entertainer Brian Conley, with 28% of voters believing his Tom Jones-style jive (which also scored 16 points) isn’t enough to save him from elimination this week.
After them, it’s TV host Ruth Langsford in the firing line with around 18% of voters believing she should soft-shoe-shuffle her way off the stage after her Strictly Ballroom-inspired Samba.
You can see the rest of the poll results above, but we’ll have to wait until around 8pm tonight to find out if our readers have predicted the future – or whether they’re all dancing to the wrong tune entirely.
Strictly Come Dancing: The results begins on BBC1 tonight (Sunday 22nd October) at 7.15pm