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The five-time Paralympic swimming gold medallist and broadcaster had ended up in a dance-off against singer Molly Rainford last night.
Ellie, in a red flapper dress, and partner Nikita Kuzmin reprised their lively Charleston to Too Darn Hot from the musical Kiss Me Kate, right.
On Saturday’s show the pair had scored 33, as the audience and some of the judges leapt to their feet to applaud the routine’s multiple spins and lifts.
Molly, 21, and pro partner Carlos Gu again performed their foxtrot to You Make Me Happy by My Sun and Stars, which saw them net 35 points in the live show – and it was a unanimous decision by the judges to save her.
Ellie said she’d had “the time of my life. It’s been the most incredible experience – life-changing really.
“I want to thank Nikita ever so much. I’m going to miss him – he’s changed my life and confidence”.
She praised the Strictly team, including the professional dancers and staff behind the scenes, saying: “I’ve literally loved waking up every single day and dancing. I’m going to dance forever. We’ve had the most amazing days. We’ve had not just dancing days but days we’ve just spoken for hours.”
Ellie added: “I worry about everything so, so much and…we went out there and danced our life out every single night and I loved it so much.”
Nikita, 24, said he was “a bit disappointed” as he wanted Ellie to have more time on the show but added: “She has taught me so, so much, so much empathy, just so much. I’ve learnt so much in these seven weeks.”
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