The Press and Journal (Inverness, Highlands, and Islands)

In­spi­ra­tional Vis­age steps out of Strictly

● 51-year-old heaps praise on her ‘in­cred­i­ble’ part­ner

- BY CRAIG SIMP­SON Visage · Michelle Visage · Giovanni Pernice · Oti Mabuse · Craig Revel Horwood · BBC One · AJ Pritchard

Michelle Vis­age is the lat­est celebrity to exit Strictly Come Danc­ing. Gio­vanni Per­nice ad­mit­ted he had ar­gued with his part­ner, but hailed her as an in­spi­ra­tion.

The star of RuPaul’s Drag Race faced the pair­ing of AJ Pritchard and Saf­fron Barker.

Vis­age per­formed her vogu­ing rou­tine again with part­ner Per­nice, but it was not enough for a re­luc­tant judg­ing panel to save the cou­ple.

All of the judges de­cided to save Barker and Pritchard but ad­mit­ted they were torn by the choice of pair­ings.

Speak­ing on her exit, Vis­age said: “This whole ex­pe­ri­ence has been amaz­ing.

“At 51 years old and never danced in my life, I never thought I’d be able to do what I have done and to have such an in­cred­i­ble part­ner.

“To be here for my hus­band and my kids and the en­tire com­mu­nity, that’s why I did what I did.

“I am so hon­oured to be wel­comed by my new friends here.”

Per­nice ad­mit­ted that the cou­ple had been through a range of emo­tions dur­ing their time to­gether, but said he has re­spect for his part­ner de­spite their ar­gu­ments.

He said: “We laugh, we cry, we fight, and we ar­gue and we’ve done ev­ery­thing, but I’ve loved ev­ery sin­gle sec­ond. I think you are in­spi­ra­tional.”

Kelvin Fletcher and Oti Mabuse, as well as Amy Dow­den and Karim Zer­oual, dom­i­nated the Strictly live show and earned near-per­fect scores.

Chris Ram­sey and Karen Hauer were spared the dance-off de­spite the judges leav­ing them sec­ond from bot­tom.

The fi­nal de­ci­sion was a

“We laugh, we cry, we fight, and we ar­gue and we’ve done ev­ery­thing”

dif­fi­cult one for the judges, with the ex­perts torn on who to send home.

Craig Revel Hor­wood said: “I’m hav­ing a re­ally dif­fi­cult time with my­self over this.

“This doesn’t nor­mally hap­pen to me. I nor­mally make a very quick, in­stant de­ci­sion. This has been re­ally, re­ally dif­fi­cult.”

He and the other judges de­cided to save Pritchard and Barker.

Strictly re­turns next Satur­day at 7pm on BBC One and iPlayer.

 ??  ?? GONE: Gio­vanni Per­nice and Michelle Vis­age are the lat­est cou­ple to leave the show
GONE: Gio­vanni Per­nice and Michelle Vis­age are the lat­est cou­ple to leave the show

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