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Strictly: It takes two aired straight after tonight’s results show (December 12) for the first time ever, meaning the raw emotion of Will Mellor and Nancy Xu’s semi-final exit made for one of the most moving exit interviews ever.
Coronation Street Stars Will and Nancy exited in the semi-finals after losing out in the dance-off despite a stunning Manchester-inspired routine in the couple’s election dance. The couple talked to Strictly: It takes two host Rylan Clark about their emotional exit.
Nancy said Will did “amazing” and was impressed by how much she enjoyed dancing with him throughout the series. Will admitted he knew they were in danger of going home after finishing bottom of the leaderboard after Sunday night’s show.
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“I just wanted so bad to get to the final, just so I can say I’ve finished it. I really wanted to get this girl there. She really deserves it and she’s given me everything, everything I could ask for – I would wouldn’t have made it through week one without her,” Will said.
“So I was gutted to be on the bottom, but I thought if it’s our turn, it’s our turn and if we gotta dance, we gotta dance.”
“I feel terrible. I can’t lie. I feel terrible because to me he made me proud,” Nancy said. “He did everything I asked him to do. We had so much fun, traveling with him to where he grew up, it was an amazing journey.”
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An emotional Nancy then watched her and Will’s best bits from across the series, including highlights from several dance performances including their rumba, charleston, waltz and brilliant couples dance from the semi-final.
Nancy broke down in tears watching the highlights, and a special collection of recorded messages from Will’s family sent him into tears as well.
“I looked forward every day to walking into the dance studio just to teach him a new dance to see his face, to see him not believing in himself, asking questions and then slowly enjoying them,” Nancy said.
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She continued: “Seeing the smile on his face, looking into his eyes. I’ve had such an amazing journey with him.”
Will was equally forthcoming with praise for his dance partner, declaring that he would never have wanted to go on this “amazing trip” with anyone other than Nancy himself.
“We’ve created some amazing moments to look back on. Thank you so much strictly speaking for giving me the memories for my mom and my family and my sisters and my kids,” Will said.
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“But my wife Michelle has been by my side, every time I come home moaning, aching. And she bathes me – without her this would have been very tough. And without this lady by my side, I wouldn’t have gotten anywhere near this.”
Will concluded: “So thanks for the memories and the moments and I’m going to take what I’ve learned from this. You can test yourself and you can step out of your comfort zone and you can achieve more than you can.”
Strictly Come Dancingits last is broadcast on Saturday (December 17) at 19.05 on BBC One, while the spin-off show Strictly: It takes two broadcast weeknights on BBC Two. Both shows are also streaming on BBC iPlayer.
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