Strictly Come Dancing 2020: Clara Amfo fifth celebrity to be eliminated after landing in bottom two with Jamie Laing

Clara Amfo is the fifth celebrity to be eliminated from Strictly 2020 (Picture: PA)

Clara Amfo is the fifth celebrity to be eliminated from Strictly Come Dancing.

The Radio 1 DJ and her dance partner Aljaz Skorjanec were voted off the BBC series, after they landed in the bottom two with Jamie Laing and Karen Hauer.

The judges’ scores were combined with the results of the viewers’ votes to decide the lowest scoring two couples facing the dance-off. 

After gaining the least votes, both couples had to perform their routines again – Clara and Aljaz performed their Jive to River Deep – Mountain High by Tina Turner while Jamie and Karen Hauer performed their Tango to Tanguera by Sexteto Mayor – in a bid to impress the judges and remain in the competition.

After both couples had danced a second time the judges delivered their verdicts.

Craig Revel Horwood chose to save Clara and Aljaz after admitting it was a difficult decision to make.

The judges chose to save Jamie and Karen (Picture: PA)

‘My goodness it’s a really difficult one, both couples I thought were absolutely incredible and danced with so much passion and love but the couple I would like to save, Clara and Aljaz,’ he explained.

Motsi Mabuse, who made her return to the show last night, chose to save Jamie and Karen.

Clara smashed her routine in the dance-off (Picture: PA)

She said: ‘I have to say this was one of the toughest decision I’ve ever had to make and based on that dance-off only, I saw one couple that did their choreography and had all the steps correct and I saw another couple who had a mistake in the steps and in the timing. 

‘So I’m going to choose for me, I’m saving Jamie and Karen.’

Head Judge Shirley Ballas had to cast the deciding vote – and in the end, she decided to save Jamie and Karen.

Speaking about why she made that decision, Shirley added: Well this is a very difficult series, I mean every couple is outstanding, and I felt on this occasion that both couples totally lifted their game.

‘But there was one couple they just convinced me.  They had conviction from step to step, they believed in their performance and therefore I’m going to save Jamie and Karen.’

When asked by Tess Daly about her time on the show, an emotional Clara told the host: ‘I’ve had the best time ever, the best time ever and got a new friend for life. I’ve loved it, it’s one of the best things I’ve ever done, it has been a dream come true.’

Professional dancer Aljaz went on to praised Clara for being a ‘dream to be around’ throughout the competition.

‘First I’m really gutted. All I really want to tell you is I’m so happy we got to do Lady Clamalade, the Claraston, which I’ve never done before in my life.

‘The Clarasambafo you are a dream to be around, you’re a beautiful girl inside out, I hope that people at home got to see that. This series has been so special and it’s only because of you, thank you so much.  I’m going to miss dancing with you.’

The four other celebs that have been eliminated from the show are Caroline Quentin, Max George, Jason Bell and Jacqui Smith.

Boxer Nicola Adams has also left the competition after her dance partner Katya Jones tested positive for coronavirus.

Strictly Come Dancing returns on Saturday at 7.25pm with the results show on Sunday at 7.30pm on BBC One.

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