After a big night of dancing at the famous Blackpool Tower ballroom, one of the remaining seven couples on Strictly Come Dancing has been eliminated.

It was presenter Angela Rippon who left the show in week nine after losing out to EastEnders star Bobby Brazier and his professional dance partner Dianne Buswell in the dreaded dance-off.

The 79-year-old performed an American Smooth to ‘Tea For Two’ by Ella Fitzgerald with dance partner Kai Widdrington but it wasn’t enough to keep them in the competition.

Meanwhile, Bobby jived to Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go by Wham! with a group of backing dancers.

Bobby and Dianne had won the majority vote with three votes before head judge Shirley Ballas said that she would have also saved him.

Judge Craig Revel Horwood said that the pair’s performance was “standout” while Motsi Mabuse said the dance-off was “marvellous”.

Angela Rippon says she had the ‘time of her life’ on Strictly Come Dancing

When asked about her time on the show by presenter Tess Daly, Angela said: “I have to tell you that the last nine weeks have probably been the most terrifying, the most fantastic, the most glorious, the most joyful that I have spent for a very long time in my profession.

“I have had the time of my life, people keep making reference to the fact that I presented Come Dancing, but that was 40 years ago, that was a different time!”

She added: “He (Kai) wasn’t even born then! But, actually, being this side of the competition, this side of the programme, has been really an eye-opener for me in so many different ways.

“Everybody talks about the team and all the pros – everyone who has danced – there is a real team spirit in this programme unlike anything I’ve come across anywhere else in any of the many programmes I’ve done. It’s absolutely fabulous.

“They support us, they encourage us all the time – it’s absolutely wonderful. But the person who really has to get the most credit is this gentleman here (Kai).

“He’s (Kai) an old soul on young shoulders. He’s 28 and I’m 79, there’s a 51-year difference in our ages.

“He has looked after me so brilliantly, he’s a wonderful dancer, a great choreographer, but he’s a terrific teacher … and he has the patience of a saint!”

Speaking to Kai, Angela went on to say: “All I can say is that you’ve got me here, so don’t you dare cry! He and his partner, Nadiya, are in every sense of the word beautiful people and I am so pleased to have you in my life.”

Kai responded: “Since week one when I met this amazing woman – as she said, I wasn’t even born when she did Come Dancing – I had to ask my parents about the amazing Morecombe and Wise moment that was so famous, and about Come Dancing.

“Like Angela just said, there’s a 50-year age gap between us, but we’re like mates!”

Turning to Angela, he said: “I’m so proud of you and you should be proud of yourself, it’s been my absolute honour and pleasure to dance with you especially in this beautiful ballroom.”

Strictly Come Dancing returns on Saturday, November 25 at 7.30pm, with the results show on Sunday at 7.20pm on BBC One and BBC iPlayer.