Tyler West has been eliminated from 'Strictly Come Dancing.'
The 26-year-old television presenter was taking part in the BBC Latin and ballroom competition alongside professional partner Dianne Buswell but became the eighth famous face to be axed from the show on Sunday (20.11.22) after competing against 'Nova Jones' actress Molly Rainford and Carlos Gu in the dance-off.
Following his eviction, he told presenter Tess Daly: "I’m more than a two step now! When you watch the show at home, you wonder what it must be like to dance on it, it’s everything and more, it’s changed my life. This girl here, has changed my life for sure. To think I was some shy kid
who never used to talk to anyone, to dancing in front of millions, I can’t put it into words."
The Kiss FM host - who scored a total of 35 during Saturday's main show for his Salsa to a mashup of 'That's the Way (I Like It)'/"'(Shake, Shake, Shake) Shake Your Booty'/'Get Down Tonight' - went on to add that he had brought his mum to see the special show from the Blackpool Tower Ballroom and explained that his life has been changed "forever" by taking part.
He added: "It's my mum’s favourite show, I brought her to Blackpool, my nan bless her was always watching over me on
this journey. But more importantly, this show has changed my life in the sense it’s given me confidence, a new found family, every dancer, everyone in hair and make-up, costume. The judges, it’s been amazing to dance in front of you every week, I genuinely mean that. But this girl here, I have been blessed with the best, she is what Strictly is about and she’s changed my life, I have no doubt she will be in in my life forever.”
Head Judge Shirley Ballas - who along with Motsi Mabuse and Craig Revel Horwood opted to save Molly and Carlos while Anton DuBeke voted to keep Tyler and Dianne in the competition - admitted that it was one of the most "difficult" decisions she had ever faced on the programme,
She said: "“Well, I agree with my fellow judges, this is probably one of the most difficult dance off’s that we’ve ever had to choose. Both couples were outstanding, both improved their performances but I am going to go with what I believe in, and that is a quality of movement and precision in partnering, and I am going to go with Molly and Carlos.”
Tyler and Dianne will be joining Rylan and Janette Manrara for their first exclusive televised interview live on 'Strictly It Takes Two' on Monday 21 st November at 6.30pm on BBC Two.
The remaining seven couples will take to the dancefloor next week when 'Strictly Come Dancing' returns on Saturday 26 November at 7.15pm, with the results show on Sunday 27 November at 6pm on BBC One.