The Texan supermodel had avoided the bottom two on last Sunday’s show despite a string of low scores from the judges – but her luck finally ran out this week when she found herself up against the England cricketer.
But the decision from the judges was not a unanimous one, and after both had reprised their routines from Saturday night’s Hollywood themed show, it was Len Goodman’s casting vote which sent Jerry packing.
Both Craig Revel Horwood and Darcey Bussell voted in favour of Michael and partner Natalie Lowe, but Bruno Tonioli disagreed, saying instead, “By a whisker I will save Jerry and Anton.”
And in delivering the casting vote Len Goodman declared, “To be honest neither couple impressed me, the pressure got to both of them and the routine was full of mistakes so it is a really difficult decision for me, and it’s so close – but I’m going to save Michael and Natalie.”
Although both Jerry and Anton appeared disappointed, the 56-year-old took her defeat gracefully, saying she had had a ‘lot of fun with Anton’ – who described his partner as ‘fantastic’.
The pair had performed a quickstep inspired by the 60s classic The Graduate on Saturday night – but had fared poorly with the judges, scoring just 18 points out of a possible 40.
Len Goodman had called the routine “not so much Hollywood as Upstairs Downstairs” – in reference to Jerry’s posture – while Craig said the routine would have been better “if it had all been behind the screen” which was used at the end of the performance.
Eleven other couples made it through safely to next weekend’s Halloween special, including favourites Denise van Outen, Louis smith and Lisa Riley, while Richard Arnold escaped the bottom two this week and Sid Owen also breezed through to next weekend despite finishing bottom of the heap with just 17 points on Saturday night.