Jason Bell has become the second contestant to be eliminated from Strictly Come Dancing 2020.
The NFL player, who was partnered with Luba Mushtuk, fell to the bottom of the leaderboard this weekend with only a judges score of 12, and failed to get the public’s vote to keep them safe.
As a result, they had to face Nicola Adams and Katya Jones in the dreaded dance-off.
Giving a fond farewell to the show, Jason told Tess Daly: ‘It was an opportunity of a lifetime. I had so much fun, thank you Luba.
‘You have worked so hard with me, you’re a great friend for life and I appreciate all that you’ve done, I really do.
‘I’ve had such a good time here. Everybody is wonderful. I mean really this is amazing – this is a brilliant place! This is the best group of people ever, this is amazing.’
This week’s Movie Week proved difficult for Jason and Luba, who performed a Paso Doble to the Star Wars theme song.
But Craig Revel-Horwood praised the pair after their second try, and noted that they had improved and taken the judges’ notes in the dance-off.
However, ultimately he voted to save Nicola and Katya, who had jived to Greased Lightnin’ from Grease.
‘There was a marked improvement in both performances this evening and both couples actually took the notes that we gave them which was brilliant,’ he said. ‘But the couple I would like to save is Nicola and Katya.’
Motsi Mabuse agreed, sealing Jason and Luba’s fates as she added: ‘I definitely saw that one couple was stronger – stronger performance, stronger technique, stronger intention and that is why I’m saving Nicola and Katya.’
Head Judge Shirley Ballas’s vote was therefore ruled unneeded thanks to the majority ruling, but agreed that, if she had to, she would’ve also saved Nicola and Katya.
In her goodbye to her dance partner, Luba said: ‘You really bring the joy to my life, and I am so honoured and proud to be partnered with you. I now have a friend for life.
‘I just want to say, to be actually able to do this show…shout out to everyone who does so much sacrifices to make this happen. It is such an honour to be here and I’m very proud of you.’
The pair follow Jacqui Smith and Anton Du Beke, who were the first eliminated this year.
Strictly Come Dancing continues next Saturday at 7.25pm on BBC One.
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