Strictly Come Dancing Blackpool eviction - who was voted out at the home of ballroom?

Molly Rainford and Tyler West were in the Strictly Blackpool dance off. (BBC)
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Strictly Come Dancing's latest couple to be evicted is Tyler West and Dianne Buswell, after being voted out of the competition at the Blackpool Tower Ballroom.

For the first time since 2019, the BBC One show returned to the home of ballroom for its traditional mid-season visit, having been kept away in the last two series by COVID restrictions.

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It was also the first time this series that head judge Shirley Ballas had to decide the dance off result, as Motsi Mabuse, Craig Revel Horwood and Anton Du Beke couldn't agree on whether to keep West and Buswell or Molly Rainford and Carlos Gu in the competition.

Rainford and Gu performed their Jive again, while West and Buswell had a second go at their Salsa, leaving Mabuse and Revel Horwood choosing Rainford to stay while Du Beke voted to keep West.

However, Ballas's deciding vote kept Rainford in the competition and sent West home.

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Radio DJ West said: "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. It’s my mum’s favourite show, I brought her to Blackpool, my nan bless her was always watching over me on this journey.

Tyler West said the show had given him confidence. (BBC)
Tyler West said the show had given him confidence. (BBC)

"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."

Fleur East and Vito Coppola earned the first perfect 40 of the series. (BBC)
Fleur East and Vito Coppola earned the first perfect 40 of the series. (BBC)

Buswell replied: "You have been an absolute joy to work with, when I say that, you have come in every single session with the biggest smile on your face and it lights up this whole ballroom.

"You are such a talent, you really are and you should feel so proud, I am so proud of you, your family are so proud and your nan is so proud of you. Thank you so much for everything."

Blackpool week saw Fleur East and Vito Coppola top the leaderboard with 2022's first perfect 40 for their couple's choice routine to a Destiny's Child megamix.

Strictly Come Dancing continues on Saturday at 7.15pm on BBC One.

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