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Strictly’s Rhys Stephenson and Nancy Xu put on an emotional exit from the studio

Strictly Come Dancing stars Rhys Stephenson and Nancy Xu make an emotional exit from Elstree studios after losing out on a place in final


They became the eleventh couple to be eliminated from Strictly Come Dancing.

And on Sunday, an emotional Nancy Xu, 30, was seen leaving the studio in the back of a car whilst Rhys Stephenson, 28, put on a somber display.

Children’s TV presenter Rhys and his professional partner landed at the bottom of the leaderboard along with Great British Bake Off star John Whaite, 32, and Johannes Radebe, 34.

‘It’s good to cry, it’s good to feel’: Strictly’s Rhys Stephenson, 28, and Nancy Xu, 30, put on an emotional exit from the studio after getting the axe

Sad to go: An emotional Nancy, was seen leaving the studio in the back of a car after the pair landed at the bottom of the leaderboard in Sunday's semi-finals

Sad to go: An emotional Nancy, was seen leaving the studio in the back of a car after the pair landed at the bottom of the leaderboard in Sunday’s semi-finals 

Nancy donned her colourful eyeshadow from their performance as she made her solemn way home.

Rhys, looked on as he gazed out of the car window with a downbeat look as his time on the show came to an agonising end.   

Rhys and Nancy Xu danced their Samba to It Had Better Be Tonight (Meglio Stasera) by Michael Bublé.

Whilst John and Johannes performed their Jive to Higher Power by Coldplay, in a bid to impress the judges and secure their place in the final.

Overwhelming: After watching their best bits during the programme, Rhys confessed: 'It's good to cry, it's good to feel. Strictly makes you feel things'

Overwhelming: After watching their best bits during the programme, Rhys confessed: ‘It’s good to cry, it’s good to feel. Strictly makes you feel things’

Sent home: The TV presenter landed in the bottom two alongside Great British Bake Off star John Whaite and Johannes Radebe

Sent home: The TV presenter landed in the bottom two alongside Great British Bake Off star John Whaite and Johannes Radebe

After watching their best bits during the programme, Rhys confessed: ‘It’s good to cry, it’s good to feel. Strictly makes you feel things. You feel so much and sometimes that’s overwhelming.’ 

Speaking to Tess Daly about their time on the show, Rhys added ‘I might not have gotten to the final but I learnt so much from just being on this show, from everyone here who’s just supported us in this new family. 

‘To have the time to spend with this champion of a dancer [Nancy] who’s put so much into me. Thank you for just letting my energy shine.’

End of the road! Nancy added: 'You've become stronger and stronger every week. And thank you [Rhys] for being an amazing dancer partner.

End of the road! Nancy added: ‘You’ve become stronger and stronger every week. And thank you [Rhys] for being an amazing dancer partner.

He added: ‘Thank you for being that partner. I should use your actual name which is Xu YouJie. Thank you so much Nancy Xu YouJie, for just being there, being my rock and everything I needed to get through this. Thank you.’

Nancy was then asked if she had any words for Rhys and said: ‘First I want to say a massive thank you to everyone in the show for supporting us from the very beginning. 

‘You’ve become stronger and stronger every week. And thank you [Rhys] for being an amazing dancer partner. My first year, it has been absolutely epic.’ 

Thumbs up! Elsewhere, John and Johannes appeared to be in good spirits as they secured their place in the final

Thumbs up! Elsewhere, John and Johannes appeared to be in good spirits as they secured their place in the final

Thank God! Johannes, appeared to be pointing to the heavens as he was grateful to remain part of the competition

Thank God! Johannes, appeared to be pointing to the heavens as he was grateful to remain part of the competition

Elsewhere, John and Johannes appeared to be in good spirits as they secured their place in the final. 

The Bake Off star gave a thumbs up to the cameras as he looked relieved to have survived the nerve wracking dance off. 

Pro partner Johannes, appeared to be pointing to the heavens as he was grateful to remain part of the competition.   

With John and Johannes saved, they will join Rose Ayling-Ellis and Giovanni Pernice and AJ Odudu and Kai Widdrington in next week’s final.

Final: With John and Johannes saved, they will join Rose Ayling-Ellis and Giovanni Pernice and AJ Odudu and Kai Widdrington in next week’s final

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