During his time in Westlife he reigned at the top of the charts, but unfortunately Nicky failed to emulate that success on the dance floor and recently has only ruled the bottom of the leader board. Tonight he faced the music and was evicted from the competition following a fierce dance-off with Denise Van Outen.
This week’s Strictly Come Dancing had a special twist in which the dancers had to blend together two different styles of dance into one ‘dance fusion’, which of course added extra pressure to the celebrities. And with it being the quarter final, the competition was as tough as ever. But it proved too tough for poor Nicky as the judges decided it was his time to go.
Nicky and partner Karen had earlier performed an electric American Smooth/Quickstep to Olly Murs’ ‘Troublemaker.’
Predictably Craig unleashed a tirade of criticism, saying to the pair: “There wasn't any bounce - your posture was awful in the American Smooth,” before adding “I suspect that we're going to be seeing that dance again.”
The other judges provided some better news; Bruno said that Nicky “always gives 110% and I commend you for it.” Meanwhile head judge Len added “I though you came out and did a good job”
The judges scored Nicky and Karen a rather low 27 points, with grumpy Craig giving only five points. Unsurprisingly this score was booed by the audience.
Joining him in the dance-off was Denise and James- a shock contender for everyone considering that the pair has topped the leader board on countless occasions.
The pair had danced a Jive/Quickstep and it started off so well, but unfortunately Denise got her heel stuck in her dress and this didn’t go unnoticed by the judges. Bruno said, “You were going at the speed of light. Apart from that moment when you caught yourself, it was superb.”
Although the pair scored a commendable 35 points, this was still not enough to keep them out of the bottom two, and the upset was evident to see on Denise’ face.
When it came down the final dances, both couples gave it their all, but the judges had unanimously opted to save Denise and James.
Although disheartened, Nicky graciously accepted his fate. He went on to say that Strictly is “the biggest and best show in the world!” He then thanked the judges for their advice, the people backstage and of course his partner Karen- who had remarkably come a long way in the show considering it was her first year.
A tearful Karen also thanked the other celebs and the professional dancers, before adding that she couldn’t have asked for a better celeb in Nicky whom she said had “blew me away.”
Tonight’s results show also featured a delightful Christmas song by chart-topper Michael Buble and an ‘Alice in Wonderland’ themed dance from the professionals. It featured Ola Jordan as Alice and James Jordan as the Mad Hatter- a role that is maybe more suited to Bruno!
Next week is the semi-final and the pressure will really be on as the celebrities will have to perform two dances.
So what did you think of tonight’s show? Has your favourite made it to the semis?
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