The quest for the Glitterball trophy continued as Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman hosted the fourth live Strictly Come Dancing show.
Nine celebrity couples were in the race to be crowned Strictly Come Dancing champion 2020.
The judges’ scores were combined with the results of the viewers’ votes to decide the lowest scoring two couples facing the dance off.
This weekend saw a shock result, as Max George became the third contestant to leave Strictly Come Dancing as he faced previous favourite Maisie Smith in the dreaded dance off.
Both couples performed their routines again; Max George and his partner Dianne Buswell performed their American Smooth to It Had To Be You by Harry Connick Jr. and Maisie Smith and her partner Gorka Márquez performed their Cha Cha to Girls Just Want To Have Fun by Cyndi Lauper, 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:
Craig Revel Horwood chose to save Maisie and Gorka.
Craig said: “Both couples were more concentrated and both couples took the notes we had given them and showed improvement. But the couple I’d like to save, Maisie and Gorka.”
Anton Du Beke chose to save Maisie and Gorka.
Anton said: “Well, I have to say it’s so close. They were both immaculate through that dance. It literally was just the smallest timing. For me, I’m going to have to save Maisie and Gorka.”
Head Judge Shirley Ballas said she would have chosen to save Max and Dianne.
When asked by Tess about his time on the show, Maxsaid: “I’ve loved it. It’s all down to Dianne, she’s been literally amazing. For me to get through 90 seconds of a dance for four weeks now is a credit to her, she’s just unbelievable. I’ve got to say, all these guys over here are the nicest group of people ever. I love you all!”
When asked if she had any words for Max, Dianne said:
“I think Max has done an absolutely amazing job. He has done four incredible dances and I know how nervous you get, but you’ve come out here very week. I know you always say you want to do me proud and oh my goodness you’ve done me more than proud – so well done. I also want to say thank you to the judges, Anton you were incredible tonight. Thank you so much.”
Sunday’s Results show also featured a musical performance by The Vamps.
The remaining couples will take to the dancefloor next week, when Strictly Come Dancing returns on Saturday 21st November at 7.15pm with the results show on Sunday 22nd November at 7.25pm on BBC One.