Dev Griffin and Dianne Buswell become third couple to leave Strictly Come Dancing 2019

Katie Rosseinsky
BBC/Guy Levy

Dev Griffin and Dianne Buswell are the third couple to leave Strictly Come Dancing 2019.

The BBC Radio 1 presenter and his professional partner received 27 points from the judges during last night’s live show, putting them in 10th place out of 13 couples.

However they failed to pick up votes from the public, leaving them in the bottom two with Viscountess Emma Weymouth and Aljaz Skorjanec.

The two lowest-scoring pairs then performed their routines from Saturday night again in a bid to win over the judges and remain in the competition.

Griffin and Buswell danced a Cha Cha to Dancing With a Stranger by Sam Smith and Normani while Viscountess Weymouth and Skorjanec performed a jive to Kids in America by Kim Wilde.

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The judges then had the chance to decide which couple to save, with all members of the panel deciding to save Viscountess Weymouth.

Craig Revel Horwood said they were “the couple that really shone for [him] in the dance off. They came to life and went the extra mile.”

Meanwhile Bruno Tonioli described them as “the couple that showed no mistakes,” adding: “They were stronger, cleaner and more focused.”

When asked by presenter Tess Daly about his experience on the show, Griffin admitted he felt “absolutely gutted” but said that he had “absolutely loved” learning to dance and “hanging out” with his Strictly co-stars.

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Buswell, who reached last year’s final with partner Joe Sugg, praised the DJ for his “insane” work ethic and said that she “couldn’t have asked for a better partner.”

“This boy has so much talent, I’m really sad he won’t be able to show you guys any more of it,” she added.

Last night’s live show saw Karim Zeroual and Amy Dowden top the leaderboard for the first time with a score of 38 after Tonioli and Motsi Mabuse gave them 10s.

Strictly Come Dancing continues on October 19 on BBC One at 6.40pm.

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