It was always going to happen sooner rather than later… Indeed, some are surprised that Radio 2 presenter Jeremy Vine made it as far as week eight. But he won’t be going to the Blackpool special next week – not as a competitor, anyway.

Jeremy was bottom of the leaderboard on Saturday night with 21 points after performing a Quickstep with Karen Clifton that “didn’t exactly fly around the ballroom floor”, Craig Revel Horwood said.





Jeremy struggled to get to grips with the dance routines

 

He faced Jamelia in the dance-off, who had earlier scored 26 points for her Samba with Tristan MacManus that Bruno Tonioli said had left him “shaken and stirred”.

But Craig and Len Goodman were divided over Jamelia’s hip action.

“There was unnecessary grinding that was most unpleasant,” Craid said.

“The gyrating was excellent,” said Len.





Jamelia and Tristan gave their Samba a goofy prom-night theme

 

“Here we go again,” co-host Tess Daly said to Jamelia, after announcing she was in the bottom two. “Your fourth time in the dance-off.”

“ I know,” Jamelia said. “I”m looking forward to rectifying my mistakes. And this is my favourite dance so I’ll enjoy doing it again.”

“Don’t be discouraged,” Bruno told her. “The reason you’re here is because people want to see you again. Just don’t lose timing and keep the fun going.”

Head judge Len had said to Jeremy Saturday night that the contest’s Blackpool special would be “less fun if you’re not there”.

But Craig, who has never scored Jeremy more than a four, said of his final dance: “It was like being at the National Dressage Championship.”

And this is a dance contest… And the judges’ decision was unanimous.





The contest is over for Jeremy, who got a goodbye hug from remaining competitors



Click here for our picture special on all the dances in week eight.

Strictly Come Dancing continues on BBC1, Saturday, November 21, 6.50pm, with the eight remaining couples dancing in Blackpool.