Angela Scanlon's pro partner feels 'robbed' as BBC Strictly stars break down in tears after controversial axe

Angela Scanlon's pro partner feels 'robbed' as BBC Strictly stars break down in tears after controversial axe

WATCH NOW Angela Scanlon cries on It Takes Two after exit

Alex Davies

By Alex Davies

Published: 28/11/2023

- 09:57

Layton Williams and Nikita Kuzmin managed to beat the duo in last weekend's dance-off

Angela Scanlon and Carlos Gu have made a tearful return to screens for the first time since the pair bowed out of Strictly Come Dancing.

The 39-year-old TV presenter and her pro dance partner could only watch on as Craig Revel Horwood, Motsi Mabuse and Anton du Beke all opted to save Layton Williams in the dance-off during Sunday's results show.

The verdict was a controversial one, especially after Shirley Ballas chipped in to admit she would've saved Scanlon and Gu - sparking feud rumours between her and Williams.

Williams's American Smooth failed to live up to the high bar he'd set himself so far this series and his reaction to landing in the dance-off also led to complaints from irked viewers.

But Scanlon remained gracious following the verdict during the results show, although admitted to Tess Daly she was "gutted" to be leaving.

And she clearly isn't alone as pro partner Gu went one step further during Monday's tearful It Takes Two appearance when he admitted he felt "robbed" by the result.

Angela Scanlon

Angela Scanlon was left in tears on Monday's It Takes Two


The comments came after Scanlon could be seen wiping away tears as she watched the highlight reel of her time in the dance competition.

As the camera turned back to her and Gu in the It Takes Two studio, she told host Fleur East when asked about a standout routine: "I mean, there's been a few standout moments which I feel really grateful for.

"I think in life, as in this madness, glorious madness, you can have a steady road - either middle of the road or a smooth journey.

"And I have always felt like those ups and downs are better for you to feel things deeply whether that's right up there or right down there."

Using a specific dance style as an example, she tearfully continued: "Charleston, week three, top of the leaderboard took us completely by surprise and it was so joyful!

"And then the Paso on Halloween Week... then Argentine Tango in Blackpool which for me might be why it stings so bad a week later, (that) felt like a real moment," Scanlon said before the emotions took over and she began to cry.

Elsewhere in the emotional interview, Scanlon told East of her song choice: "I Will Survive feels a bit like salt in the wound considering we didn’t."

Gu also paid tribute to his dance partner as he was similarly tearful and opened up: "For this woman, I'm so lucky to meet her in my life.

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"We're not only physically connected... our souls were bonded together so deeply and it's so sad," Gu added as Scanlon wiped tears off his face.

"I'm never really this sad, I'm laughing all the time... but I just feel robbed, feel so relentless but we had a ball and we had a great, great time!"

The dance-off results have sparked a number of complaints from disgruntled fans who felt Scanlon outperformed Williams in the dance-off.

Even former Strictly star Amanda Abbington has waded into the conversation as she threw her support behind Scanlon and Gu.

Williams will now perform in the quarter-final alongside Annabel Croft, Bobby Brazier, Nigel Harman and Ellie Leach.

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