Will Mellor wanted to reach Strictly final to 'complete' show
Will Mellor was desperate to reach the 'Strictly Come Dancing' final to say he had "completed" the show.
The 'Coronation Street' star was booted out of the competition on Monday night (12.12.22), less than a week before Saturday's (17.12.22) finale, and he is "gutted" to be out of the Latin and ballroom show.
Will - who was partnered with pro dancer Nancy Xu on the BBC programme - said: "I thought we were in trouble and you don’t want to be there on the semi-final.
"I just really wanted to get to the final, so I could say I’d completed it.
"I really wanted to get this girl there, she really deserves it, she has given me everything I could ask for, I wouldn’t of got through week one without her.
"I was gutted, but if its our turn, its our turn and we’ll dance if we have to dance, and that’s what we did."
Nancy admits she "felt awful" when the pair were delivered the news of their exit, but she is "so proud" of Will.
She said: "He did everything I asked him to do, we have had so much fun. This week I travelled with him to see where he grew up, it has been such an amazing journey."
On their relationship, Nancy added: "I am so grateful, thank you. I have had the best journey, I could have even imagined.
"I looked forward every day to step into that dance studio to teach him a new dance and see his face, to see him not believe in himself and question himself, and then slowly he would enjoy it and on Saturday night he would have a smile on his face! Thank you so much."
The former 'Hollyoaks' actor also admitted he wouldn't have got so far in the competition without his wife Michelle McSween's support.
Speaking on 'Strictly - It Takes Two', he added: "Thanks so much to 'Strictly' for giving me the memories for my mum, my family, my sisters, my kids, and my wife Michelle who has been by my side every time I come home moaning and aching, and she is running my baths.
"Without her it would have been really tough, and without this lady next to me, I wouldn’t of got anywhere near this, so thank you for the memories.
"I am going to take from this, you can do things and test yourself, and take yourself out your comfort zone every now and then, and you can achieve more than you think you can."
'Strictly - It Takes Two' continues every weeknight at 6:30pm on BBC Two and BBC iPlayer.