Ellie Taylor posted an emotional tribute to her Strictly Come Dancing pro partner Johannes Radebe following his elimination from the ballroom dancing competition on Sunday.
The comedian, 38, joked Twinkle Todd Johanns, 35, was the ‘best boyfriend she ever had’ after admitting she ‘never imagined’ it would last as long as she was on the BBC show .
Ted Lasso actress Ellie was the ninth celebrity to be eliminated from this year’s series, finding herself in the dance-off against singer Fleur East, 35, and her professional partner Vito Coppola, 30.
Moving: Ellie Taylor, 38, posted a heartwarming tribute to her Strictly Come Dancing professional partner Johannes Radebe following his elimination from the show on Sunday.
Taking to Instagram to share a montage video of herself and Johannes after the results show aired, Ellie wrote: ‘A wilder flipping ride than I ever imagined it will last.
‘@johannesradebe you are the best boyfriend I’ve ever had. Thank you for your laughter, for learning your awesome songs and for letting me stare blankly at your beautiful face eight hours a day as you teach me what’s left and what’s right.
“Thank you for helping me make peace with my thinness and making me believe that maybe I really can dance, despite telling myself otherwise all my life.”
Series exit: Ted Lasso actress Ellie was the ninth celebrity to be eliminated from this year’s series
‘Thank you JoJo for some of the most special months of my life.
‘Thank you for absolutely everything. Except Cha Cha. That was fucking awful.’
During Saturday’s show, Ellie found herself at the bottom of the leaderboard after receiving only five out of ten from judge Craig Revel Horwood.
Bye! Ellie and Johannes looked emotional as it emerged they had been chosen to leave the show by the judges
After landing in the bottom two, Ellie performed the Heir Jive to Brown Eyed Girl by Van Morrison to stay in the competition.
However, the judges, Craig Revel Horwood, Motsi Mabuse and Anton du Beke, voted unanimously to save Fleur and Vito after they performed their rumba to Too Lost in You by the Sugababes.
After both couples danced a second time, the judges announced their verdicts.
Craig chose to save Fleur and Vito, explaining: ‘Based on technology alone I want to save Fleur and Vito.’
She’s out: Aly and Johannes miss out on a spot on next week’s show after facing Fleur East and Vito Coppola in the Dance Off
Motsi also chose to save the couple, saying: ‘First of all I want to say that both couples did really well, for me also the technical aspect was very important, so I’m going to save Fleur and Vito. ‘
Anton said: ‘Anyway I want to congratulate both couples for getting this far in the competition. Both danced fiercely.
‘I thought Ellie did a great job in Your Jive. And Fleur I thought your technique was strong and your performance was powerful, and I want to save Fleur and Vito.’
With three votes to Flair and Vito, this meant that they had won the majority vote and would remain in the competition, although head judge Shirley Ballas stated that she too would have decided to save Flair and Vito.
Vote Off: However the judges, Craig Revel Horwood, Motsi Mabuse and Anton du Beke, unanimously voted to save Fleur and Vito after they performed their rumba to Too Lost.
She said: ‘Both couples danced exceptionally well but on this occasion, due to the merits of technique, I would have saved Fleur and Vito.’
Asked by host Tess Daly if it was everything she expected, Ellie said: ‘It’s happened and it’s happened, I’m going to be a cliché machine now, but it’s everything and more It is done. I never in a million years expected to live so long and experience it to the fullest.
‘is strictly about the dancing, but it’s also about the people, and every part of the show from top to bottom, from the execution to the makeup, from the hair to the costumes, from the set to the band, to my partner Celebs and dancers – even some of the judges have been okay! It is an absolute privilege to be a part of Strictly Alumni and I really enjoy it.’
Ouch! During Saturday’s show, Ellie found herself at the bottom of the leaderboard after receiving only five out of ten from judge Craig Revel Horwood.
Safe: Craig chooses to save Fleur and Vito, explaining: ‘Based on technology alone I want to save Fleur and Vito’
When asked about her special relationship with Johannes, Ellie said: ‘We have a lot of fun. And to borrow an Anton-ism, let me refer you to Johannes Radebe. You [Johannes] You are as wonderful as everyone said you would be, and I have said you are like human sunshine and you really are.
‘You see people and you have seen me at every point. I’m so anxious and out of my comfort zone and so self-conscious and so awkward and you said ’embrace your weird elle’. You have done it with all your heart and without any judgement.
‘It’s a privilege to dance with you Jojo, I don’t know what’s going on in your body but it’s not blood, it’s rhythm and it’s music, and it’s incredible to watch you perform.’
Asked if he had any words for his partner, Johannes said: ‘Oh my God – it’s a joy, a treasure, it’s our thing. Ellie Taylor, moving on, embrace your weirdness! Embrace your long limbs, because you are a beautiful person. So thank you for everything, you know my heart, thank you.
Strictly Come Dancing continues on Friday nights at 8pm on BBC One.
Strictly Come Dancing 2022: Who are the contestants?
profession: Coronation Street star and presenter
Kim says: ‘I’m so glad they have it this year! I’m a huge fan of the show and can’t believe I’m actually going to be dancing in front of the judges in a sparkly outfit after watching it from home in my pajamas.’
profession: former athlete
Ellie says: ‘To have been asked to be part of the Strictly family is very exciting and I can’t wait, it’s going to be a lot of fun.’
profession: radio dj
Tyler says: ‘This is a show that means a lot to me and my family and I can’t wait to seriously dance on that glittery dance floor… complete with sequins.’
Ellie says, ‘Okay, cover me in fake tan and roll me in sequins! I am absolutely delighted to be a part of Strictly 2022!’
Tony Adams MBE
profession: retired football player and manager
Tony says: ‘To say I’m excited is an understatement – the lure of sequins and the call of salsa have me swapping my tattered old football boots for a set of tough soft boots’
Will says: ‘I know it will be a big challenge but such is life. It is also my mother’s favorite show and she has had a tough few years, so I am doing this for her as well. bring it on!’
Molly says: ‘I already know this is going to be the experience of a lifetime and I can’t wait to meet the rest of the Strictly family with whom I will be sharing it.’
Fleur says: ‘I’m equally nervous and thrilled to be part of this year’s Strictly line-up. I am excited to learn new skills and I want to soak up every moment of this magical experience.’
professionAnn, Wildlife cameraman and presenter
Hamza says: ‘I’m absolutely excited to be joining Strictly 2022. Never in a million years did I think that I would come across such a good show.’
profession: TV and Radio Broadcasters
Helen says: ‘I’m really excited to get caught up in a fun adventure. My family and friends have always loved the show and can’t wait for me to start’