Strictly 2014: Thom Evans And Iveta Lukosiute In Shock Exit, Were Romance Rumours To Blame?

This is getting ridiculous.

The 2014 series of ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ has been throwing out the shocks week on week with the bottom two, but this weekend’s Dreaded Dance Off was the most surprising yet.

Rugby hunk slash model Thom Evans and his pro partner Iveta Lukosiute faced Simon Webbe and his professional dancer Kristina Rihanoff in the dance off, with Thom being shown the door.

The judges were shocked by the bottom two, with Len Goodman saying it was “nonsensical” and the studio audience gasped in disbelief too just like millions of us viewers at home. It was a split decision, with Darcey Bussell and Craig Revel Horwood saving Thom while Bruno Tonioli and head judge Len saved Simon. Lucky for Si Len was impressed with his clean footwork in his Viennese Waltz.

It’s a shock result given: (a) Thom’s dance ability; (b) Thom’s good looks; and (c) Thom’s rumoured romance with his pro Iveta. Surely that was a recipe for longevity in ‘Strictly’, rather than being booted off the show so early? Apparently not. We’ve got a theory about why Thom was the fourth celebrity voted off ‘SCD’, and it is actually because of that backstage gossip.

If ‘Strictly 2014’ has taught us anything, it’s that behind-the-scenes goss is NOT YOUR FRIEND.

Exhibit A: ‘MasterChef’ presenter Gregg Wallace went out first after a load of attention on what was happening off the dancefloor.

Exhibit B: The next week, Simon was in the bottom two (despite being mid-table with the judges) after his ex accused him of cheating on her and Kristina was alleged to have got involved with her celeb partner from 2013 Ben Cohen who recently announced his separation from his wife.

Exhibit C: This week Simon wound up in the bottom two alongside Thom, even though both celebs were in the middle of the judges’ leaderboard aka THE DANGER ZONE. Judy Murray, Scott Mills and Alison Hammond all scored fewer points with the judges, but all got more votes from the public. Like Simon, Thom’s private life has been making headlines, with claims he’s involved with Iveta.

Now, Thom and Iveta are both single, so if they have happened to taken a fancy to each other then that’s nothing for anyone to get irate about. BUT. Perhaps the public aren’t keen on supporting celebs who rack up column inches about their personal lives rather than their dance floor efforts.

Thom and Iveta gushed over each other on the results show, which will do nothing to quash those whispers, even though Thom tried his best to deny it as recently as Friday when he told the Daily Express: “Both Iveta and I are single, so I guess it was always going to be hyped up. She’s lovely and I’m fortunate to have her as a professional partner but, honestly, we’re just good friends.”

Simon clearly took his unpopularity badly, and had a good sob at the end of Sunday’s show. Poor little Mark Wright also got totes emosh, being left ‘til the end to discover he was safe to dance another week. After his shock position in last week’s bottom two, it’s no wonder.

What Mark, Simon and Thom all had in common was their mid-table position. Head judge Len pointed out that viewers assume those dancers are safe and don’t bother to vote, but surely it must be more than that. After all, Simon and Mark were both shock dance off battlers for the previous two weeks, so the public know that being in the middle of the judges’ leaderboard is not a safe place.

So here’s a bit of advice for the rest of the celebs; KEEP YOUR PRIVATE LIFE OUT OF THE PRESS.

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Colin Lecher

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