Jo Whiley and James Jordan are among the celebrities who have told of their shock after Dev Griffin got the boot from Strictly with some furious fans even claiming Saturday night’s vote was rigged.
The Radio 1 DJ and his professional partner Dianne Buswell were eliminated from the BBC competition on Sunday after a dance-off against Viscountess Weymouth and Aljaz Skorjanec, despite many Strictly fans thinking Griffin was one of the stronger competitors.
DJ and presenter Whiley said she was “gobsmacked and gutted” at the decision.
“Sending massive love. You’ve shone through @bbcstrictly & this feels very wrong,” she said.
“Dev was a potential finalist… Why?????” tweeted former Strictly pro Jordan.
“As dancers there’s absolutely no comparison Dev is far far better even though this was his weakest dance so far,” he said.
“Although Emma’s performance was more fun and energetic but the judges should be judging the dancing and public judge their favourite.”
Presenter Gaby Roslin said it was “crazy”.
“What the heck?” she tweeted. “That’s crazy. No way??? £Strictlyresults.”
Griffin’s fellow contestant Saffron Barker said she was stunned that he was out.
“Absolutely gutted and shocked with tonight’s results .. @dbuzz6589 & @dev-101 you were absolutely amazing every week!!” she posted.
Comedian Chris Ramsey, who is also in the running for the Glitterball trophy, said: “Absolutely gutted I won’t be hanging out with my mate @dev-101 every weekend anymore.
“Big love lad, you’re the best genie the dance floor has ever seen!”
But some fans were furious at the result and claimed they had problems with their phone votes with a high volume of calls stoppping them from registering their vote.
One tweeted: “Please, please complain to @bbcstrictly if you had an issue with your phone votes for @dev_101 and @dbuzz6589 last night!Seems so unfair. #Strictly #strictlyspoiler.”
While another commented: “Let’s start a petition RETWEET this if you think @dbuzz6589 and dev should stay in the competition due to the phone number not working ! @bbcstrictly #strictlyspoiler #Strictly”
A third said: “@bbcstrictly your phone lines for dev and dianne were down yet you allow them to get voted out???? just disgusting. i have no words. #strictly #strictlyspoiler.”
Griffin said he was sad his Strictly ride had to end so soon, after his shock elimination from the competition.
Writing on Instagram after the show the 34-year-old said Strictly had been an “incredible” experience.
“I wish I could have stayed a bit longer but sadly my Strictly ride has come to an end,” he said.
“Thank you to all of the production team, wardrobe, make up, crew, pro dancers and celebs for looking after me and being like family to me these past few weeks.”
Griffin thanked his professional partner Dianne Buswell, saying she was “the best”.
“Thank you for being such an amazing partner and always pushing me to be the best version of myself,” he said.
“I’ve loved every minute of this!”
Wishing the other contestants luck, he said he was “off to put my feet up for a bit”.
Griffin and Buswell had faced a dance-off against Viscountess Weymouth and Skorjanec after judges’ scores were combined with viewers’ votes.
All the judges, Shirley Ballas, Bruno Tonioli, Craig Revel Horwood and Motsi Mabuse, opted to save the viscountess.
Buswell was in tears after the pair received their marching orders.
“My heart is broken,” she later said on Instagram.
“This guy had so much to give and worked sooooo hard I’m so sorry your journey was cut short you have done me so proud, every week you would say you just didn’t want to let me down!
“Dev you sooo didn’t you were a dream to teach and you were turning into such a great dancer thank you so much for everything.”
Griffin and Buswell performed a Cha Cha Cha at the weekend.
Viscountess Weymouth and Skorjanec performed a jive which, after the dance-off, judges said was “stronger, cleaner and focused”.
Celebrities James Cracknell and Anneka Rice have already exited this year’s series.
Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two airs on Monday at 6.30pm on BBC Two.