In Sunday’s (6 November) results show, Laura and professional partner Giovanni Pernice found themselves in the dance-off, after failing to get the public behind them.
Surprisingly, Laura was up against Ore Oduba and Joanne Clifton, who had one of the night’s top three highest-scoring performances, and won particular praise for their energetic Salsa routine.
After each couple performed again, it was up to the judges to decide, with each of them choosing to save Ore.
Craig Revel Horwood was the first to vote, telling Ore and Joanne they’d given “the dance of the night”, while Darcey Bussell agreed: “I’d like to save the couple that I believe and know performed their best, a finished performance, was Ore and Joanne.”
Bruno Tonioli concluded: “Let me say this wasn’t a dance off, it was a dance treat. You both danced with such vibrancy, energy and entertainment value, it’s like splitting hairs here. We didn’t put you there, if you didn’t vote, don’t moan.
“But I have to pick one out of the two that in a way outshone everyone else, and that couple was Ore and Joanne.”
Upon discovering her fate, an emotional Laura said: “Just being here, the judges, behind the scenes. I don’t think anyone realises how much goes on here, the make-up, the costume, everything and just to be part of that for a little while is amazing.
“And if I’m going to go against anyone then, Ore, I mean… I’m OK.”
‘Strictly’ continues on Saturday (12 November), at 6.55pm on BBC One.