Controversial couple Seann Walsh and Katya Jones have survived the dance off to be kept in Strictly Come Dancing for another week, and fans were furious at the decision.
— Kathryn Forro (@kathrynforro) October 21, 2018
Clearly the public wanted Seann out.
I feel another people's march coming on.#Strictly
— Matt Hemley (@MattHemley) October 21, 2018
— Karl 🌹 🏳️🌈 (@Craicthewhip_) October 21, 2018
Seann and Katya’s dance was peppered with mistakes & stumbles. Vick took on board practically everything the judges said. She came into this show one of the favourites. Boooo #Strictly
— Ian penson (@ianp2000) October 21, 2018
The pair have been at the centre of a Strictly curse storm since footage emerged of them two weeks ago sharing a drunken snog in the street – despite it being Seann’s then-girlfriend Rebecca Humphries’ birthday, who was sitting at home alone.
Comedian Seann and Katya, who is married to fellow Strictly pro Neil Jones, found themselves in the bottom two for the first time after the public vote and had to perform their Quickstep to Jake Bugg’s Lightning Bolt again.
— BBC Strictly✨ (@bbcstrictly) October 21, 2018
They looked extremely nervous as the result was announced, and Seann in particular was grinning through gritted teeth as the judges gave their advice on the dance off.
Tess: Any advice for Seann and Katya?
— Mark Samuels (@mark_samuels) October 21, 2018
He said ahead of their second go at the Quickstep: “We’ve just got to go for it, there’s nothing to lose now.”
Well, yes, but they were talking about the dancing, Seann.
If Seann leaves #Strictly tonight, atleast he has his cat to console him. Oh wait… 🐈💨
— Davinia (@mynameisdavinia) October 21, 2018
But the judges voted to send home DJ Vick Hope and her partner Graziano Di Prima for their Cha Cha, a decision that shocked fans of the show.
— Francesca 🎃🦇🕸🕷💀🔮 (@fransbeautyblog) October 21, 2018
— Victoria Dalton (@DaltonBelle) October 21, 2018
Seann was 100% the worser dancer! Ugh cant stand him. 🤦🏼♀️ hope you miss the cat! #strictly
— Halilyween 🎃🔮 (@craftrecovery) October 21, 2018
I mean wow, so 3 of the judges missed Seann completely screwing his steps up, crazy decision #Strictly
— Spud (@grortydick) October 21, 2018
However, the lone voice of one ex-Strictly pro begged to differ.
Just to clarify Shirley 100% made the right decision in the dance off
However, Vick had the potential to be outstanding but that’s not the point
— James Jordan (@The_JamesJordan) October 21, 2018
Vick had been bottom of the week five leaderboard with 20 points and Seann was just ahead on 24, but many viewers felt that he was being marked up to stay in the competition.
The other celebrities also looked much more devastated than usual to see a co-star leave, which, after Graeme Swann’s comments this week, could well be due to their opinions of the dance off winner.
#Strictly anyone else see the utter awksville of Seann being ostracised at the end when they console/congratulate the 2 couples 👀
— Bunty Baggins (@buntybaggins) October 21, 2018
The other dancers didn’t look too impressed when the judges chose to save Seann & Katya ngl 😂 #Strictly
— Olly (@OllyBrookfield_) October 21, 2018
Judge Craig Revel Horwood was the only one who chose Vick and Graziano as the couple to stay, but Darcey Bussell, Shirley Ballas, and guest judge Alfonso Ribeiro, who was standing in for Bruno Tonioli, all picked Seann and Katya.
Vick said: “I’ve loved it. I’ve had the time of my life so I want to thank everyone…and of course, thank you Graz, you’ve been so patient with me and helped me so much, I’ve loved every last second of it.”
Awkwardly, the show also featured Paloma Faith singing her new track Loyal, which she’d been pretty outspoken about earlier in the week.
Paloma Faith singing Loyal. Great timing. You couldn't make this shit up 😂 #Strictly
— Nicky (@nickyhenshall) October 21, 2018
She told The Sun: “It’s ironic the song I’m singing is called Loyal.
“There’s something really good and important to be said about fancying other people, as long as you don’t act on it.
"Maybe we're loyal/
maybe we're not"
— Ariadne Griffin (@Ariadne_Griffin) October 21, 2018
“I think you’ve got to go out there and fancy somebody else, then come home to your person and be like, ‘bring it’.
“I’m a big believer in trying to have a love affair with your partner. Book a babysitter, have a weekend away, remember the person you got with in the first place, rather than go on Strictly and snog someone else. Or go home and dance with your wife!”
Singing a song called loyal…katya probz didnt volunteer to perform the dance. 😂😂 #Strictly
— Jack McGann (@McGannJack) October 21, 2018
Plus, the show opened with a baseball-themed group number including a kiss cam segment, which frankly just reminded us of the whole debacle all over again.
— John R. Moore (@jmoore067) October 21, 2018
— DanJames (@danjamesrobbins) October 21, 2018
Next week, the remaining 11 couples will take part in the show’s Halloween-themed episode, but as plenty of people keep pointing out, Seann and Katya can’t stay away from the romantic routines forever.
We only see this situation getting more cringeworthy as the weeks progress.
Strictly Come Dancing continues on Saturday, October 27 at 6.50pm on BBC One.