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Lauren Steadman Eliminated In Strictly Semi Final

December 10, 2018

Same Difference congratulates Lauren and AJ on a wonderful performance throughout this year’s competition.

No one wants to leave the competition at this point, but tonight it was Lauren Steadman‘s turn to take her last bow as she narrowly missed out on a place in the Strictly 2018 Final

She performed two dazzling routines with Pro partner AJ Pritchard in the Semi-Final – a Tango and a Samba – but they failed to impress the Judges, landing bottom of the leaderboard once again and finding themselves in the Dance-Off for the first time this series following the public vote. They opted to perform their Tango as they went up against Ashley Roberts and Pasha Kovalev, who were now in the bottom two for the third week running.

But once both couples had danced, the Judges voted unanimously to save Ashley and Pasha. Darcey Bussell justified her decision, saying: “It’s really hard because you’ve worked so hard and you’ve got so far to the Semi-Finals, fabulous. But on a more finished performance, the couple I would like to save is Ashley and Pasha.”

Their votes sealed Lauren and AJ’s fate, sending Ashley and Pasha through to next week’s Final.

Despite leaving so close to the climax of the competition, Lauren had some lovely words to share on her Strictly experience, telling Tess: “I have absolutely loved my Strictly journey and it has been so much more than anyone ever tells you it’s going to be and that you thought it would be. Down to the smallest things; I mean outfits, hair, makeup, this man [AJ], the Judges, all the choreographers. It’s just… I can’t tell you just how magical it is.”

AJ also had plenty of praise for Lauren, saying: “Lauren has been fantastic. Honestly, at the beginning of the series I couldn’t have expected to make the Semi-Final, which was just beautiful, but honestly I’m so proud of you as a person. You have changed so many people’s opinions and it has always been about ability not disability. You have attacked everything, you have always been stubborn, you have always been ‘I will be able to get this lift’ even though it’s not going to work, but we’ll get there somehow by Friday and Saturday. But for me honestly it’s been a fantastic journey and you’ve done yourself proud.”

Lauren has inspired so many of us throughout her time on Strictly, but it doesn’t end there – she’ll be on the It Takes Two sofa with AJ this Monday night at 6.30pm on BBC Two!

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