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Strictly Come Dancing week eight saw the judges dusting off their high-scoring paddles as the couples gave it their all on the dancefloor. For some, it proved to be a memorable night with one celebrity making history while one of the early front-runners made an expected descent down to the bottom of the pack. Express.co.uk has everything you need to know about the latest results and who had to make a sharp exit.

WARNING: This article contains spoilers from Strictly Come Dancing.

Presenter AJ Odudu and pro partner Kai Widdrington have been seen as the potential winners from week one but Saturday, November 14, just wasn’t their night.

AJ and Kai danced the Paso Doble to Game of Survival by Ruelle which sadly didn’t hit the mark for the judges who scored them a lowly overall score of 28.

But speeding his way up to the top of the leaderboard was CBBC host Rhys Stephenson and his partner Nancy Xu with their quirky Charleston to The Charleston by Bob Wilson and his Varsity Rhythm Boys.

He scored a perfect 40, the earliest these top marks have been given for a Charleston in the show’s history.

Who left Strictly Come Dancing last night?

Despite coming bottom of the leaderboard with the judges, AJ and Kai were saved by the public.

Instead, it was Dragons’ Den star Sara Davies and Aljaz Škorjanec in the bottom two along with TV chef Tilly Ramsay and Nikita Kuzmin.

Both couples had to perform again in the dance-off with Sara and Aljaz’ feisty Argentine Tango and Tilly and Nikita’s elegant Quickstep.

However, only one couple could stay with the judges coming to a unanimous agreement.

Craig Revel Horwood, Motsi Mabuse, Anton du Beke and head judge Shirley Ballas voted in favour of keeping Tilly and Nikita.

Anton commented: “Well, I think if you were ever choosing to do Strictly Come Dancing, this is the year to avoid.

“The standard is so high and either of these couples could have made it to the final any other year.

“Based on this dance-off and this dance-off alone, which was so strong, I’m just going to give the edge to Tilly and Nikita.”

Their decisions meant it was time for Sara and Aljaz to leave the ballroom for good.

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When asked about how he was feeling by presenter Tess Daly, Aljaz gushed over his time with Sara who called him a “one in a million”.

“I feel like from that day we met under the Angel of the North, I was so pleased to dance with you this season”, he said.

“Honestly, I wouldn’t want to dance with anybody else.

“You have been an absolute joy and a testament to hard work – not just on Strictly but with your business and you’re a beautiful mother.

“Thank you for letting me spend so much time not just with you, but with the whole family, the Davies’s that are here tonight, all of the little ones at home.

“I’ve been so welcomed up North, it made me feel like I’m back home in Slovenia because everyone is so lovely and friendly. I’m going to miss you so much.”

Another contestant who wowed the crowds was EastEnders actress Rose Ayling-Ellis and her partner Giovanni Pernice.

They were given Couple’s Choice which they danced to Symphony by Clean Bandit and Zara Larson.

In the middle of the routine, there was silence as the music stopped to signify what it is like watching the show as a deaf person like Rose.

Anton described the performance as the “greatest thing” he’d ever seen on the programme.

Strictly Come Dancing continues on Saturday, November 21, at 6.35pm on BBC One.

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