Who left Strictly last night? Here's which celebrity was voted off Strictly Come Dancing 2021 this week
Strictly Come Dancing 2021 saw the departure of its fourth celebrity from the BBC ballroom dance competition – here’s who left after finishing in the bottom two
The fourth week of Strictly Come Dancing saw the sudden departure of another celebrity from the BBC dance show as the19th series of the show continues.
Most recently, Peep Show star and comedian Robert Webb quit the competition – citing ‘ill health’ as he and professional Strictly dance partner Diane Buswell dropped out of the show.
But which celebrity was voted off Strictly on Sunday night?
Here’s who became the fourth celebrity to leave Strictly Come Dancing 2021 this weekend – and what happened.
What happened on Strictly this weekend?
Great British Bake Off winner John Whaite topped the leaderboard on Saturday night with a Charleston to Milord by Edith Piaf set in a French bakery, scoring 38 points with his professional partner Johannes Radebe.
The pair received perfect scores of ‘10’ from judges Anton du Beke, Shirley Ballas and Motsi Mabuse.
Meanwhile, Eastenders actress Rose Ayling-Ellis and partner Giovanni wowed judges with a Viennese Waltz to “Fallin” by Alicia Keys – earning them a ‘10’ from judge Motsi Mabuse.
Rose and Giovanni came in second place on the scoreboard with a score of 37, while AJ Odudu and partner Kai Widdrington set the ballroom dance floor alight with a tango to Stevie Nicks’ ‘Edge of Seventeen’.
TV personality and comedian Judi Love missed Saturday night's show after testing positive for Covid-19, but will return to the programme next week after her period of self-isolation ends.
Who left Strictly Come Dancing this week?
Former rugby player Ugo Monye has become the fourth celebrity eliminated from Strictly Come Dancing.
The Question Of Sport team captain, 38, faced children's TV presenter Rhys Stephenson, 27, in the dance-off after tumbling to the bottom of the leaderboard on Saturday night with just 20 points from the judges.
Monye had returned to the show after a week off training due to an old back injury, and was challenged with a rumba to Leave The Door Open by Silk Sonic alongside his professional partner Oti Mabuse.
His elimination ends Mabuse's chance of scoring her third consecutive win on the BBC One show, after victories in 2019 with Kelvin Fletcher and 2020 with Bill Bailey.
The judging panel voted unanimously to save Stephenson and his partner Nancy Xu after they repeated their American smooth to I've Got The World On A String by Michael Buble in the dance-off.
Monye told co-host Tess Daly he had "loved" his time on Strictly.
"It's an absolute privilege to be on this show and all I've wanted to do every week is just get a little bit better and I've done that," he said.
"There's lots of people that I would love to say thank you to. Oti, firstly, just for putting up with me. She said she wanted a challenge and she got one.
"To everyone else that's in the competition, it's truly incredible and I wish you all the very best of luck.
"To the judges - Craig - I think it's really important to say that if you're willing to accept the positive comments, you have to accept the criticism as well, so thank you for all of your comments."
Mabuse added: "Seeing you through your injury, I appreciate every single moment that you've given to me. I am grateful for the show.
"To say I work on the best show in the whole country, with the best celebrities is a privilege and I am very grateful too - thank you, thank you, thank you."
What time will Strictly be on this weekend?
The next episode of Strictly Come Dancing, taking place over the Halloween weekend, will see the remaining 11 celebrities battle it out in a spooky Halloween special.
Strictly will air on Saturday 30 October on BBC One at 7.10pm.
Additional reporting by PA senior entertainment reporter Alex Green