Strictly Come Dancing: Mike Bushell is eliminated after judges unanimously save Michelle Visage

Strictly Come Dancing: ‘Relieved‘ Mike Bushell is eliminated as judges unanimously save Michelle Visage following weeks of ‘fix‘ claims and death threats

Mike Bushell became the seventh celebrity to be eliminated on following weeks of ‘fix‘ claims. 

The Breakfast host – who is said to be relieved to leave the series – was unanimously voted off after he and partner Katya Jones took on Michelle Visage and Giovanni Pernice in the dance-off during Sunday‘s result show.  

Mike failed to impress with his Paso Doble, in comparison to Michelle‘s American Smooth, sending him crashing out of the competition the week before Blackpool.  

A source has claimed the media personality, 53, was ‘desperate‘ to leave the show, after receiving vile death threats over winning dance-offs.

‘There’s no doubt Mike loves Strictly and working with Katya but he barely has anything left in the tank‘, an insider told .

They added: ‘It’s a fast-paced show which needs 100 per cent commitment and it was all starting to get a bit much.

‘Going on for any longer was beginning to look a touch daunting as it’s so mentally and physically draining. So leaving at this stage was a relief. He never thought he’d get this far.‘

MailOnline has ed Mike‘s representatives and a spokesperson for further comment.

Craig Revel Horwood praised Mike and Katya, 30, for their efforts, but ultimately chose to save Michelle, stating: ‘One couple put up a very good fight but the couple I‘d like to save is Michelle and Giovanni‘. 

Motsi Mabuse was in agreement, noting: ‘I have to say I have seen the best performance from both couples. 

‘I really, really mean that but one couple was the clear winner of the dance off and I am going to save Michelle and Giovanni.‘ 

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Although her vote would no longer have made a difference, Head Judge Shirley Ballas revealed that she too would have also chosen to save Michelle and Giovanni. 

When asked by Tess Daly about his time on the show, Mike said: ‘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.  

‘My wife Emily has supported me all the way through and my daughters. My dad‘s going to take up ballroom dancing and my mum has started Zumba. 

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‘I want to thank all my family and the judges. I have all the comments framed around the house. Every moment has been an absolute honour and a joy.‘

Despite not making it through to Blackpool Week, which will see the contestants perform at the Tower Ballroom, Mike insisted he‘d be there to show his support. 

He continued: ‘I didn‘t think I‘d get this far so I have already booked a hotel in Blackpool, so I‘m still coming along.‘

He then turned his attention to partner Katya, gushing: ‘This amazing teacher, Katya, I can‘t tell you the dedication that she puts in. She‘d make the greatest sporting coach ever, she makes you believe that anything is possible. 

‘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 responded: ‘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 only thing he has lost is weight. He came in every single day giving his heart, soul, everything, 200% no matter what after every single dance off and thank you so much. I‘m so sorry I couldn‘t take to Blackpool.‘

Mike‘s elimination comes after fans claimed the show was ‘fixed‘ to stay in after he previously survived three dance offs in a row.  

Mike and Katya first found themselves in the bottom two in Week 5, after their Salsa to Jump On It to The Sugar Hill Gang fell felt with viewers.

However, the dancing duo were spared and instead former England footballer David James and his professional partner Nadiya Bychkova were eliminated.

The pair then found themselves in the bottom two during Halloween Week when the tango did little to rouse fans alongside Corrie star Catherine Tyldesley and partner Johannes Radebe, who were ultimately given the boot after Shirley had the deciding vote. 

Last week, Mike faced the dance off for a third time, where he triumphed over Viscountess Emma Weymouth and her partner Aljaz Skorjanec.

North Yorkshire native Mike defiantly appeared on Breakfast to defend his position on the show earlier this month.

He said: ‘It‘s an entertainment show, we‘re all trying our best, you‘re not really competing against anybody else, you compete against yourself to try and learn to get better and better each week, even if its just learning a couple of new steps.  

Strictly Come Dancing returns for the Blackpool special on Saturday at 7.05pm on One.

 

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