Angela Scanlon 'really gutted' to leave Strictly Come Dancing

angela scanlon 'really gutted' to leave strictly come dancing

Angela Scanlon lost out in a dance off against Bad Education star Layton Williams

Angela Scanlon said she was “really gutted” to depart Strictly Come Dancing last night.

The Irish TV presenter has missed out on a quarter-final place in the BBC One show’s musicals special as she went home during yesterday’s results show episode.

Angela, 39, from Co Meath, faced Bad Education star Layton Williams, 29, in the dance-off after they both landed in the bottom following the judges scores and a public vote.

She said: “It’s been honestly incredible, I’m gutted, really gutted that it’s finished now, but it has been the most wonderful experience. I have made the best friend in this man [Carlos[.

“We have had so much fun, he is such an incredible guy.

“He has supported me and picked me up and made me laugh so much.

“I don’t know what to say, it’s been magical – all of those people up there. My husband at home, my two little girls and all my friends.”

Her dance partner Carlos Gu said she has worked “so hard” before adding: “Look at her now, I am so proud, her sense of humour and we had so much fun everyday, she cracks me up laughing.”

Judges Craig Revel Horwood, Motsi Mabuse and Anton Du Beke chose to save Williams and professional Nikita Kuzmin after they re-performed an American Smooth to It’s Oh So Quiet by Bjork.

Du Beke said: “I don’t think either couple danced as well as they can. It was the closest dance off we’ve had in the series so far. This is the only thing, I saw an error from one of the couples, so I’m going to vote to keep in to the quarter-finals, Layton and Nikita.”

However, head judge Shirley Ballas opted for Angela and Carlos’ cha cha routine to I Will Survive by Gloria Gaynor.

Ballas, known as the Queen of Latin, said: “Well important for me always when it comes to ballroom and Latin is the character of the dance, that it’s true to the dance, timing and quality and I would have voted for Angela and Carlos.”

However, she did not have to use her casting vote and Scanlon, who hosts her Ask Me Anything show on RTE and BBC2’s Your Home Made Perfect, was eliminated.

Angela’s departure was watched by dancer Amy Dowden, who has finished her chemotherapy treatment for breast cancer.

The results episode also featured Scottish band Texas singing Inner Smile and what the show described as a “whodunnit-inspired routine” from Strictly’s dancers.

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