Strictly Come Dancing fans were left in tears after Paralympian Ellie Simmonds was eliminated from the show on Sunday, November 6. Now viewers are demanding a change to the BBC contest's format entirely.
Ellie was openly emotional when she and her professional dancing partner Nikita Kuzmin were unanimously voted off the show by the judges after finding themselves in the dreaded dance-off for the first time. They were up against pop star Molly Rainford and her professional partner Carlos Gu.
Many viewers were not happy that contestants they deemed as "worst" dancers, including former professional footballer Tony Adams, were not getting voted off the show and demanded a change of format as YorkshireLive reports. One said: "Must change rules. Fewer people watch meaning vote isn't fair. Leaving to "Great British public" is keeping in comedy act Tony Adams whereas the wonderful Ellie was voted off."
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Another added: "After seeing Molly's tears maybe these t**** that keep voting Tony through should think twice. It's a f*** dance competition AND SHE CAN DANCE. Year after year this programme gets more stupid. Maybe time for a change of format?"
A third said: "I know it's the format, and I know it's *entertainment* and I know it happens *every* year, but we've now officially entered the couple of weeks of #Strictly where it stops being a *dancing* competition until the actual poorest dancer (sorry Tony) ends up in the dance off."
Other fans spoke about how emotional they were to see Ellie leave the show. One said: "Anyone else crying at Ellie Simmonds leaving Strictly or is it just me?" and another added: "Ellie S definitely shouldn't have gone and neither of them should've been in the dance-off. I will miss seeing Ellie S and Nikita dancing together."
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