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Clara and her professional dancer partner Aljaz Skorjanec faced Jamie Laing and Karen Hauer in the dreaded dance-off on Sunday night’s Strictly Come Dancing and sadly did not make it through to week seven of the BBC series. Reflecting on her time on the show, Clara shared an emotional message with fans as she returned to her job on BBC Radio 1.
Moments into her weekday show, Clara admitted it was a “peak Monday” as she addressed the end of her Strictly journey.
“I’m going to say it again, maybe not for the final time but I just want to make explicitly clear and abundant, I am so so so grateful for the kindness and the love and the jokes and the effort that has been made for me and shown to me these past few weeks since I started doing Strictly.
“It is truly overwhelming if I am being honest.
“It’s just really lovely to be reminded that people are just really cool, people are lovely and it’s nice to be connected to people that way.
“It’s been so heartwarming to feel you all and connect with you all just by dancing about on the TV.
“Yeah, I just want to say thank you so big up every one.
“Now back to my day job, I am no longer a jobbing show girl, I’m a full-time music broadcaster and meme sharer, it’s what I do.”
Clara and Aljaz had been at the bottom of the leaderboard on Saturday night after she made a few mistakes with her Jive to Tina Turner’s River Deep, Mountain High.
After performing against Jamie and Karen, Craig Revel Horwood said he would choose Clara and Aljaz.
“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 remarked.
However, Motsi Mabuse chose to save Jamie and Karen: “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.”
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Head judge Shirley Ballas had the deciding vote and chose to let Jamie and Karen progress.
“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,” she explained.
“ They had conviction from step to step, they believed in their performance and therefore I’m going to save Jamie and Karen.”
Clara was emotional as she spoke about the time she’d had to host Tess Daly: “I’ve had the best time ever, the best time ever and got a new friend for life.
“I’ve loved it, its one of the best things I’ve ever ever done, its been a dream come true.”
Aljaz added: “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 its only because of you, thank you so much. I’m going to miss dancing with you.”
Strictly Come Dancing airs Saturday on BBC One at 7.25pm
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