The competition is as tense as ever on Strictly Come Dancing 2023, with just eight celebrities left and one week to go before Blackpool week, which just goes to show how close we are to the final.


Last weekend, we sadly said goodbye to Adam Thomas, after the actor found himself in the dance-off against Angela Rippon. While both dancing duos tried their best, it was ultimately Adam's time to leave the competition.

In week 7, there were a few Couple's Choices, with one blowing the judge's away, leaving the studio audience and viewers alike in tears.

In this week's episode of Strictly Between Us, Entertainment and Factual writer Katelyn Mensah and self-professed "Strictly super-fan", Katie White, talk all about Adam's exit, Annabel Croft's touching performance and how impressed they were with Ellie Leach.

The Strictly Come Dancing songs and dances were revealed for Week Eight, and top of the leaderboard staples Ellie Leach and Layton Williams will be performing a Rumba and Argentine Tango respectively.

With the pair constantly coming first and second place on the leaderboard, but both yet to score 40, could this weekend change everything?

Last week, Ellie Leach was top of the leaderboard with 39 points, followed by Layton Williams with 36 and Annabel Croft with 35 points.

Ellie Leach and Vito Coppola
Ellie Leach and Vito Coppola. BBC/Guy Levy

Elsewhere in the competition, Annabel Croft wowed the audience and judges alike, with a touching tribute to her late husband.

After her performance, head Judge Shirley Ballas wiped away tears and said: "I didn't know your husband, but I feel like I do."

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She called the performance "graceful", "charming" and "divine".

Judge Anton Du Beke described Croft's routine as "perfect", while Craig Revel Horwood called it "a beautiful story, beautifully executed", and Motsi Mabuse said it was her "best dance".

Annabel Croft and Johannes Radebe
Annabel Croft and Johannes Radebe. BBC/Guy Levy

Angela Scanlon and Angela Rippon found themselves at the bottom of the leaderboard, with 27 and 28 points respectively.

As it's Strictly, anything could happen. Will the Angelas manage to make their way back up the leaderboard?

You can watch the full Strictly Between Us video above.

Strictly Come Dancing continues on Saturday 11th November at 6:05pm on BBC One.

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