Dianne Buswell fights back tears as Max George booted off Strictly Come Dancing

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Strictly Come Dancing fans saw waves of high scores dished out on Saturday night’s programme, with Radio 1 DJ Clara Amfo bagging the highest score of the competition, receiving 29 out of possible 30 points. However, as the ability of the celebrities only improves, it was time for another couple’s journey to finish. Tonight, it was Max George and Dianne Buswell whose time on the programme came to an end, with the latter fighting back tears after the panel gave their verdicts.

The nine remaining couples fought it out last night and delivered some stellar routines, which saw the highest scores yet dished out.

HRVY was the first celebrity to receive 10 points after wowing the panel with his Salsa to Dynamite by BTS.

However, one person who saw themselves tumble from last weekend was Max after a very memorable Simpsons-inspired Movie Week routine. 

Last night, he performed an American Smooth to ‘It Had To Be You’ by Harry Connick Jr. but only received 20 points.

Despite Max and Dianne being a popular duo with fans, the pair found themselves in the dreaded dance-off this evening. 

Alongside Maisie Smith and partner Gorka Márquez, both couples had to face the music once more and try and fight to remain in the competition for another week.

But it was Maisie who was saved by the majority of the panel, with both stand-in judge Anton Du Beke and Craig Revel Horwood opting to save her.

Head Judge Shirley Ballas admitted she would have chosen to keep Max and Dianne in the competition for another week – but unfortunately, this wasn’t enough.

Fans soon reacted to the news after the outcome of the surprising bottom two this evening.

One shared on Twitter: Max could and perhaps should have had longer. Unlucky son #Strictly.”

“Aw it’s such a shame for Max, I do think it was the wrong bottom two but it just goes to show, you’ve got to vote like mad! #strictly,” added another.

A third commented: “I feel bad for Dianne since it’s her second “shock” (mildly surprising?) boot in a row, but I’m not sure I’m actually going to miss her and Max tbh #strictly.”

“Max had so much potential, it’s actually sad seeing his journey come to an end so soon #Strictly,” echoed a fourth.

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It mirrors Dianne’s early exit in the 2019 series, where she was paired with Radio 1 favourite, Dev Griffin.

The couple had tipped to be in contention to win the series after some incredible performances but were knocked out in week four of the competition.

Giving the reasoning behind his decision this evening, Craig said: “Both couples were more concentrated and both couples took the notes we had given them and showed improvement. 

“But the couple I’d like to save, Maisie and Gorka,” with fellow panellist Anton agreeing with his verdict.

“Well, I have to say it’s so close,” Anton admitted. “They were both immaculate through that dance, it literally was just the smallest timing. For me, I’m going to have to save Maisie and Gorka.”

Despite his journey coming to an end, Max soon gushed to host Tess Daly about his “amazing” time on the show with Dianne.

He said: “I’ve loved it! It’s all down to Dianne, she’s been literally amazing. For me to get through 90 seconds of a dance for four weeks now is a credit to her.

“She’s just unbelievable. I’ve got to say, all these guys over here are the nicest group of people ever. I love you all!”

Strictly Come Dancing continues on Saturday at 7.15pm on BBC One.

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