As the weeks on Strictly Come Dancing go by, so the number of celebrity contestants will get smaller and smaller.
Although every single celeb wants to get their mitts on that Glitterball trophy, sadly it will stay tantalisingly out of reach for 14 of the 15 celebs as they face dance offs and leave the show week by week.
Here’s the full list of celebrities who had to wave goodbye to the ballroom and have already been eliminated from Strictly this year:
Week 12: Mollie King
After landing in the bottom two for the third time, Mollie King has become the next celebrity to be eliminated from Strictly Come Dancing.
The battle between the final two saw Mollie and AJ performing their Waltz to Angel by Sarah McLaughlin, while Gemma and Aljaz took on their Tango to My Sharona by The Knack once more. Although both dances were awarded the same score of 32 on Saturday night, the judges unanimously opted to save Gemma and Aljaz after the dance-off.
Week 11: Davood Ghadami
Davood’s time on Strictly is over after he lost out to Alexandra in the dreaded dance-off.
Davood and Nadiya did his best to sway the panel with a repeat performance of their Argentine Tango to The Phantom of the Opera, but it wasn’t enough to sway the judges.
Describing his time on the show Davood said: “There have been so many highlights I’ve had, honestly the best time. I never thought I’d get this far which is why I’m smiling as I never thought I’d reach this point. I never thought I’d get to see and meet such amazing people. We’re all mates, every comment I’ve ever received good and bad, and to dance in front of audiences like this has been a real gift.
“This is Nadiya’s first year on this show and I think she’s done incredibly well. She’s done brilliant choreography, she’s a brilliant dancer and she’s a great teacher and now she’s a really good friend and I’m so privileged to have met her, thank you!”
Week 10: Susan Calman
Comedian Susan Calman and her partner Kevin Clifton lost out in the dance off and were eliminated from the competition, in a move that had been predicted by RadioTimes.com readers earlier in the day.
Speaking about her time on the show, Susan said: “I have loved every minute of it.
“Everyone from wardrobe, make-up, the runners, [Tess] and lovely Claudia, Zoe on It Takes Two, the beautiful judges who have brought such light into my life every single week, everyone involved in the show, the audience, everyone who voted for us, we got far further than we thought we would.
“To my friends and my family and my lovely wife who’s here every single week supporting me. Most of all, I’ve made a friend for life and Kevin may not have won the Glitterball this year but he’s won Strictly for me.”
Week 9: Jonnie Peacock
Jonnie Peacock and partner Oti Mabuse took on Debbie McGee and Giovanni Pernice in the dance-off – and the results seemed all but certain before either couple took to the floor.
Until Blackpool week, Debbie had been a hot favourite to lift the Glitterball while Jonnie had beaten Ruth Langsford in the dance-off the previous week.
Still, both couples made vast improvements in their second attempts, with Bruno Tonioli saying “they both did great jobs, great performances, very different, very effective”.
But all four judges voted unanimously to save Debbie and Giovanni after their Spice Girls-themed Samba with Craig citing the pair’s “technical cleanliness and outstanding performance”.
The decision meant Jonnie and Oti – who danced a Tango to Sweet Dreams – were sent packing, with the Paralympian telling the audience and viewers back home: “it’s been an absolute honour to be the first disabled person and I want to thank each and every one of you for judging me as an equal.”
Week 8: Ruth Langsford
This Morning presenter Ruth Langsford and her pro partner Anton Du Beke had to face Jonnie Peacock and Oti Mabuse in the dance-off, resulting in a unanimous decision from the judges.
Both couples recreated their foxtrots from Saturday night but it was Jonnie and Oti who the judges felt had taken on board their comments and made the greatest improvement.
Craig Revel Horwood said: “The person I think that took on the notes and criticisms that we dealt out on board and improved in the dance-off, and for me, personally, was the better dance, I’d like to save Jonnie and Oti.”
Darcey Bussell voted to save the couple “on the element of difficulty and having no mistakes” and Bruno Tonioli called Jonnie and Oti’s performance “cleaner and… more emotionally moving” than Ruth and Anton’s.
Week 7: Aston Merrygold
Aston Merrygold has left Strictly Come Dancing 2017 in a shock Sunday result after losing out to Mollie King in the dreaded dance off.
Popstar Aston had been tipped as one of the series favourites to win, but Head Judge Shirley Ballas chose to save Mollie and her partner AJ Pritchard in what she said was “a very difficult choice”.
Judge Craig Revel Horwood chose to save Mollie and AJ after scoring Aston just four on Saturday night, but fellow judges Darcey Bussell and Bruno Tonioli both chose to save Aston.
Week 6: Simon Rimmer
Simon Rimmer was the fifth celebrity to leave Strictly Come Dancing 2017, with the TV chef losing his third dance-off of the competition during this weekend’s Halloween special.
Rimmer and professional partner Karen Clifton failed to win over the judges with their spooky American Smooth to Delilah by Tom Jones.
After their Saturday night performance, judge Craig Revel Horwood described it as a “dance of the living dead – rigor mortis had set in, it was so stiff!” Darcey Bussell judged the dance as “lumpy” and Bruno Tonioli said it was “an American horror story – I’ve seen lighter articulated lorries”. The pair gained a score of just 16.
Surprisingly, Rimmer faced Mollie King and partner AJ Pritchard in the dance-off, although the pair scored a respectable 27 on Saturday. But despite this fright, all judges chose to save The Saturdays singer, who performed a Cha Cha to Better The Devil You Know by Kylie Minogue.
Week 5: Brian Conley
Brian Conley was the fourth celebrity to leave Strictly, with the comedian and actor failing to impress with his Gene Kelly-esque Charleston.
As usual, the judges’ scores were combined with viewer votes to decide which couple would be shoe-shuffling for their Strictly survival, and the results left Conley and his partner Amy Dowden up against TV chef Simon Rimmer and partner Karen Clifton in the dance-off.
Both couples then performed their routines again – Simon and Karen whipping out a Jive to Tom Jones’ It’s Not Unusual and Brian and Amy Charleston-ing their hearts out to Fit As a Fiddle (And Ready for Love) – before the judges delivered their final verdicts, with all three (fourth judge Bruno Tonioli being absent) choosing to save Simon and Karen.
Subsequent rumours about Brian having a rant following his exit were shot down by the man himself, who set the record straight on exactly what had actually gone on…
Week 4: Charlotte Hawkins
Brendan made his thoughts very clear about the reaction the pair got after their second performance, and Movie Week didn’t go much better. There was a big debate over whether there was rise and fall in Charlotte’s Tango, and Brendan’s reaction to Shirley Ballas’s comments split viewer opinion down the middle.
Brendan was adamant that he was right, but he did say he would try and keep quiet a bit more this week so that the focus doesn’t shift from Charlotte. He did manage to not hit back at the judges following their comments about Charlotte’s Jive, but sadly it was to be their final dance.
Week 3: Rev. Richard Coles
A sci-fi themed dance off took place during Strictly’s results show after it was revealed that the judges’ scores combined with viewers’ votes landed the vicar and the chef in the bottom two couples.
Simon and Karen Clifton again performed their Quickstep to You’ve Got a Friend in Me from Toy Story and Richard and Dianne performed their rather memorable Paso Doble to Flash Gordon from the movie Flash Gordon.
Craig Revel Horwood said: “I love the entertainment value of one couple, I really have to save the couple that are technically better and that’s Simon and Karen.”
Darcey Bussell added: “This is always incredibly difficult because they both made improvements to their dance but the couple I would like to save, just for a better technical dance, is Simon and Karen.”
After being eliminated, Richard described his Strictly experience as “a joy”, although added: “I only forgot to reckon into my strategy that I can’t actually dance!”
Week 1 & 2: Chizzy Akudolu
Holby City actress Chizzy Akudolu became the first celebrity to be eliminated from Strictly 2017 in the second week of the show, despite finishing sixth from the bottom of the leaderboard with a score of 37 when the scores from week one and week two were combined.
In week one, Chizzy scored a total of 21 after she performed a Cha Cha to Boogie Fever by The Sylvers. Despite getting her heel caught in her dress, Bruno’s ‘diagnosis’ of Chizzy’s dance was “very, very good”. He also said he loved to see her on the dance floor, although Craig said that it was a bit too disco and there wasn’t enough Cha Cha in the routine. Darcey commended her “flirty attitude” and that she loved watching her, while Shirley told her not to be afraid of getting on her feet.
Sadly instead of improving in week two, Chizzy scored just 16 for her Foxtrot to I’m a Woman. Shirley Ballas said her dance was “a little disappointing”, and that she found the performance a bit “too lumpy” for her taste. Bruno said that she lost the style of the dance in the routine and there was “too much gapping” for Craig, who wanted to see “more Foxtrot and less musical theatre” in her performance.
After landing in the dance off, Craig Revel Horwood decided to save Chizzy because he loved watching her on the dance floor, but the three other judges Darcey Bussell, Bruno Tonioli and Shirley Ballas voted instead to secure Brian Conley’s place in the competition.
On hearing that she had been eliminated from the competition, Chizzy had to try and hold back the tears as she said thank you to everyone who had supported her, the judges for their constructive criticism and also to her partner Pasha – who said dancing with her had been so much fun.