Dianne Buswell has broken her silence after she broke down in tears during Sunday night’s Strictly results show.
The professional dancer, 34, and her celebrity partner Bobby Brazier faced the dreaded dance off against Angela Rippon and Kai Wriddington during the Blackpool special, and after being saved by the judges, Dianne broke down in tears.
Yet in an Instagram post on Sunday, Dianne revealed she was staying positive, sharing a series of snaps with Bobby in Blackpool as she penned: ‘Extremely grateful for another chance to dance and to show you what this amazing boy can do.
‘I don’t take any day or dance for granted I want to thank everybody who took the time to vote for Bobby and I we appreciate it more than you know ♥️’
She continued: ‘Despite a dance off, that was Bobby’s highest score and he is improving week on week .
‘He started this thing with zero experience so what he has achieved is pretty incredible.’
Seemingly referring to their next routine, which will be Couple’s Choice, Dianne concluded: ‘We have something pretty special for you all this week coming up❤️’
Fans were quick to offer their support and voice their outrage after being reduced to tears when she broke down during the dance off.
Devastated viewers shared: ‘no cos i SOBBED at dianne crying #strictly’; ‘Awww Dianne crying #Strictly’; ‘Dianne crying, oh my god’; ‘dianne crying i love her so much’;
‘Noo seeing Bobby in the dance off was sad but seeing Dianne cry was awful my god #Strictly #StrictlyComeDancing’; ‘I hate seeing Dianne cry especially what’s she’s been going through lately’; ‘So upsetting seeing Dianne cry with everything she has going on at the moment. Her and Bobby need our votes next week! #Strictly’.
During Sunday’s result show, Angela became the eighth celebrity to be eliminated from the competition.
The presenter, 79, had returned to Blackpool after hosting the original version of the show, Come Dancing, in the Eighties and Nineties.
Angela and her professional dance partner Kai danced the American Smooth to Tea for Two by Ella Fitzgerald, scoring 28 points out of a possible 40.
First up in the dance off was Bobby and Dianne, who performed their Jive to Wake Me Up Before You Go Go by Wham! before Angela and Kai performed for a second time.
Craig Revel Horwood chose to save Bobby and Dianne, saying: ‘Well, there’s a standout performance for me that I can’t ignore and the couple that I would like to save are Bobby and Dianne.’
Motsi Mabuse also chose to save Bobby and Dianne. She added: ‘I felt that both couples danced so beautifully. Really one of the most beautiful dance offs we have had. I am going to save Bobby and Dianne.’
Anton Du Beke agreed and said: ‘Well again, I thought it was a marvellous dance off. Both couples danced very, very well. I thought Bobby and Dianne danced excellently again.
‘I thought that Angela and Kai’s dance was beautiful and Angela even thanked one of the other dancers for lifting her and putting her down so gracefully which I thought was absolutely beautiful. For me the couple I would like to save are Bobby and Dianne.’
With three votes to Bobby and Dianne, it meant they had won the majority vote and would be staying in the competition regardless, however Head Judge Shirley Ballas also said she would have decided to save Bobby and Dianne.
Layton Williams and Nikita Kuzmin – Couple’s Choice to Ain’t No Other Man by Christina Aguilera – 39 points out of 40
Ellie Leach and Vito Coppola – Charleston to Love Machine by Girls Aloud – 39 points out of 40
Angela Scanlon and Carlos Gu – Argentine Tango to Black To Black by Amy Winehouse – 38 points out of 40
Bobby Brazier and Dianne Buswell – Jive to Wake Me Up Before You Go Go by Wham! – 35 points out of 40
Annabel Croft and Johannes Radebe – American Smooth to Unchained Melody by Benedetta Caretta – 35 points out of 40
Nigel Harman and Katya Jones – Quickstep to It Don’t Mean A Thing If It Ain’t Got That Swing by Duke Ellington – 31 points out of 40
Angela Rippon and Kai Widdrington – American Smooth to Tea for Two by Ella Fitzgerald – 28 points out of 40