'Strictly' Curse couple Seann Walsh and Katya Jones are finally out

Katie Archer

Halloween week has proved to be the kiss of death for Strictly Come Dancing’s most-talked-about pair of 2018, Seann Walsh and Katya Jones.

The Strictly Curse couple were unanimously voted out of the BBC contest for an awkward Viennese Waltz riddled with timing issues to Screamin’ Jay Hawkins’ I Put A Spell On You for the Halloween-themed episode.

Admitting that it had been a rough ride over recent weeks, shamed Seann said: “When you watch it and hear people at the end say ‘this has been the best experience in my life’, I don’t think you really believe it, but this has been without a doubt the best experience of my life, probably bar the last few weeks.

“But generally speaking, from the beginning it really was.”

Katya added: “I guess we’ll always have the Matrix dance,” which was the routine they performed in the week that they were caught kissing.

Going up against them as the couple with the lowest combined judges’ and public vote was Graeme Swann and his partner Oti Mabuse with their Cha Cha to Michael Jackson’s Thriller.

But all four judges voted to keep Graeme and Oti in Strictly, even Shirley Ballas who has often sided with Seann in the past admitting she would have made the same choice as her colleagues.

Fans of the show have been expecting to see Seann and Katya sent home for weeks, following tabloid revelations that they were spotted drunkenly kissing outside a pub on Seann’s girlfriend Rebecca Humphries’ birthday, while she sat at home alone.

Rebecca shared a damning open letter about their rocky relationship after dumping him, and ever since viewers have been tuning in for the awkward scenes between Seann, Katya, and her husband Neil Jones, who is part of the Strictly dance troupe.

Katya, who was in the dance off with Seann for the second week running, told her dance partner: “It wasn’t easy, but thank you for your commitment every single day.

“We did 12 hours, it was amazing and I’m so proud of you from day one when you couldn’t get your right from your left, and now delivering dances like that. Thanks for making me laugh a lot.”

Seann added: “It’s an absolute miracle that I’ve gotten this far, I’ve been Neo from The Matrix, I’ve been used as a set of steps, and even Craig a few weeks ago called me hot, it’s been a dream come true and that’s because of you.”

The pair had performed a series of dances choreographed to rule out any suggestion of romance since their kiss became public knowledge, including using a guitar prop held between their bodies for most of a dance, and allegedly dropping steamy routines in favour of comedy numbers.

Here’s that awkward goodbye dance again, in case you missed it…

If you were wondering whether anything else noteworthy happened in Sunday’s show, Rita Ora also took to the stage to perform Let You Love Me.

Now that Strictly’s biggest talking point of the season has been cancelled out, will the show manage to keep the same viewer numbers next week?

With no joke contestants left and no backstage gossip distractions, this is shaping up to be the most competitive series ever – Ashley Roberts and Faye Tozer have both scored 39s already, and they’ve got some tough competition.

But right now, we bet Neil Jones is one relieved man this evening.

Strictly Come Dancing continues on Saturday, November 3 at 7.05pm on BBC One.

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