Strictly Come Dancing 2019: Ex-Horndean pupil Emma Barton voted through to final

Emma Barton has been voted through to next week's Strictly Come Dancing final.

Sunday, 8th December 2019, 8:00 pm
Updated Monday, 9th December 2019, 12:40 pm
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The former Horndean Technology College pupil and her partner Anton Du Beke scored a total of 67 points for their two dances on Saturday night.

It included a 31 for their Cha Cha Cha to ‘Hold by Hand’ by Jess Glynne, and a 36 for the Waltz to 'Gymnopédie No.1' by Erik Satie.

Barton, a ex-Eastenders actress, went straight to the final with Chris Ramsey, joined by his dance partner Karen Hauer, losing out in a dance-off to CBBC star Karim Zeroual.

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Ex-Emmerdale actor Kelvin Fletcher, 35, will also go through to the final.

The couples performed in front of judges Shirley Ballas, Bruno Tonioli, Craig Revel Horwood and Motsi Mabuse.

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Judges opted to save Zeroual, saying he was the ’best dancer’ and that the pair's routine was ‘brilliant’.

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Ramsey, who has become a household name since joining the show, said he is ‘very proud of myself’ to have got so far.

‘I never ever thought I would make it past week two, genuinely I had no expectations whatsoever,’ he said.

‘I am astounded and I've got to thank Karen - she is just amazing and so patient it's crazy!

‘I had sleepless nights in the build up and there is no-one else who can have made it what it has been.’

Hauer described their experience as a ‘giggle fest’ and said Ramsey, a former co-presenter of I'm A Celebrity: Extra Camp, did not know how to walk when he first stepped through the Strictly door.

She told her dance partner, who was emotional on Saturday night's show: ‘From week one, not knowing how to walk, and now you are a semi-finalist and you have made all of us proud and have inspired all of us and I want to thank you for being awesome.’

Both couples performed their choice of routines from Saturday's show again - Ramsey a Rumba and Zeroual the American Smooth.

The remaining three couples will take to the dancefloor for the Strictly Come Dancing grand final on Saturday December 14 on BBC One.