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Strictly Come Dancing’s Katie McGlynn becomes second celebrity eliminated after Movie Week

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Strictly's Katie McGlynn and Gorka Marquez
Katie and Gorka have had their last dance (Picture: BBC)

Strictly Come Dancing’s Katie McGlynn has become the second celebrity to be eliminated from the 2021 series after finding herself in the bottom two again during Movie Week.

The Coronation Street actress and her partner Gorka Márquez faced off against Loose Women presenter Judi Love in the dreaded dance-off and performed her American Smooth to Cruella De Vil again.

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But it wasn’t enough for Craig Revel Horwood, Motsi Mabuse, and Shirley Ballas, who chose to save Judi, with just Anton Du Beke backing Katie for another chance to remain in the competition.

Delivering his verdict, Craig said: ‘Well I think both couples did really well and improved in the dance off itself, but there was one couple for me who shone brighter in the performance, and that is Judi and Graziano.’

Motsi added: ‘I think this is getting tougher and tougher every year, it was so close, it was a really hard decision to take, but I am just going to go with the overall positive picture which was more dance intensive, so I am going to go with Judi and Graziano.’

Strictly Come Dancing's Gorka and Katie McGlynn
The couple’s American Smooth landed them in the bottom two (Picture: PA)

Anton, however, said Katie’s performance was ‘cleaner’.

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‘It really is not the nicest part of the show,’ he remarked. ‘I thought that both the couples danced very very well, the performances they gave this evening were very very strong.

‘I just felt that one couple was cleaner than the other, and one couple made a very slight mistake. Because of that, I am going to save Katie and Gorka.’

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Judi Love and Graziano Di Prima were also in the dance-off (Picture: BBC)

When asked about her time on the show, Katie said: ‘I have absolutely loved my time, I am so happy I got to be Cruella, and dance with this amazing guy, I have loved every second of it.

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‘Thank you for being an amazing partner, we have laughed so much, and I get to walk away with an amazing friend. Thanks so much for teaching me in your funny ways, we have had so much fun.’

Gorka added: ‘I have loved it, the love that she has for the show.

‘I think talking for myself, and all the pros, when we come to the show, it isn’t just about someone who can dance, it is someone who wants to learn, who wants to improve, and makes us love what we do, and makes our job enjoyable and easy.

‘That’s what I had with Katie and I will never forget this experience, it’s been incredible.’

Strictly Come Dancing returns on Saturday 16th October at 7pm on BBC One.

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