It's the end of the road for Vick Hope

No one wants to bow out of Strictly the week before Halloween, but unfortunately for Vick Hope that time has come. Together with Pro partner Graziano Di Prima, they've had a great run in the Ballroom, but their Cha Cha Cha wasn't enough to keep them safe on Saturday night.

The pair performed to More Than Friends by James Hype featuring Kelli-Leigh, but failed to impress the Judges and placed bottom of the leaderboard. Following the public vote, Vick and Graziano then saw themselves land in the Dance-Off for the first time, facing Seann Walsh and his Pro partner Katya Jones.

Once they'd both performed again, Judge Craig Revel Horwood did opt to keep Vick in the competition, but his three fellow Judges decided to save Seann. Guest Judge Alfonso Ribeiro justified his decision, saying: “I thought everybody really stepped up their game this time around. The person that I felt stepped it up the most and eliminated more of the mistakes was Seann and Katya.”

Their votes brought Vick and Graziano's Strictly experience to an end, just five weeks into the competition. 

But Vick was gracious in defeat, telling Tess: “I’ve had the time of my life, so I want to thank everyone for being the best possible people I could spend all this time with. What in incredible team; the hair, the make-up, the clothes. Thank you for all of your guidance and the judging I appreciate it 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, so thank you.”

Graziano also shared some kind words, saying: “First of all I want to say thank you Vick, because I know it’s been really tough and people know how hard you work all day, plus eight hours with me and then sleep for three hours and then again every day. You did brilliantly and you are brilliant, thank you. You really make me proud day by day.”

They may not be going onto the Halloween special next week, but they will be on the sofa with Zoe Ball on tomorrow's It Takes Two at 6.30pm on BBC Two.

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