Strictly Come Dancing: Mike Bushell Is Voted Off After Michelle Visage Dance-Off

The seven remaining couples will be dancing at Blackpool's famous Tower Ballroom for next week's special episode.

Mike Bushell has become the seventh celebrity to be voted off this year’s Strictly Come Dancing.

It was fourth time unlucky for the BBC Breakfast presenter, as he failed to survive his fourth consecutive dance-off on Sunday night.

Mike and his professional partner Katya Jones had landed in the bottom two alongside Michelle Visage and Giovanni Pernice.

Mike Bushell and Michelle Visage landed in the dance-off
Mike Bushell and Michelle Visage landed in the dance-off
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The Drag Race star’s appearance in the bottom two was somewhat of a shock, as her American Smooth had landed her in second place on the leaderboard with a score of 36 points on Saturday night.

Mike, meanwhile, was bottom of the pile with 25 points for his Paso Doble.

Both couples had to dance again for the judges, but it was Michelle who was saved after she put in a more impressive performance.

It was a clean sweep from judges Motsi Mabuse, Craig Revel Horwood and Bruno Tonioli, while Shirley Ballas agreed she would also have saved Michelle and Giovanni.

Mike was voted off the dancefloor
Mike was voted off the dancefloor
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After the result, Mike old host Tess Daly: “I have had the most amazing 9 or 10 weeks since we started training. I have lost a stone and half. I’m a guy in his 50s, I’m mentally sharper, I feel able to deal with pressured situations – thanks to the dance-offs! It has changed me completely and honestly I’m not going to stop dancing.

“Every moment has been an absolute honour and a joy. I didn’t think I’d get this far so I have already booked a hotel in Blackpool, so I’m still coming along.

“This amazing teacher, Katya, I can’t tell you the dedication that she puts in... She hasn’t taken it easy on me. We’ve had some difficult routines and I can’t believe the miracles you’ve performed. There’s so many memories.”

Katya added: “Honestly I’m so proud of him and I think after even this dance which I think was your best dance you can leave with your head held up honestly; and in my eyes you’re the winner.”

The remaining seven couples will take to the dancefloor next Saturday when Strictly heads to Blackpool for the annual special from the Tower Ballroom, airing at 7.05pm on BBC One.

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