She was one of the favourites to win and had the highest average score from the judges, but Pixie Lott left ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ this weekend in a SHOCKER of a result.
Pixie was in the Quarter Final’s Dreaded Dance Off with Simon Webbe on Sunday, and the judges were split. Both Craig Revel Horwood and Bruno Tonioli saved Pixie, but as Darcey Bussell saved Simon it was down to head judge Len Goodman to cast the deciding vote, and he went for Simon too.
Len explained: “I have to judge this on this one dance that I have seen, not what has been in the past, [or] what my expectations are in the future. I tell you, this is hard as a judge but harder as person but I am judging it and I know when I drive home, in my heart, I have the right result for me, and my winners were Simon and Kristina.”
It was Pixie’s first time in the bottom two but Simon has survived the Dance Off three times now.
So WHY did Pixie miss out on making the Semi Final next weekend? We have a few theories…
1. She was TOO good. Yes that does sound counterintuitive. But Pixie had the highest average score from the judges, and the British public do love an underdog. And Pixie certainly wasn’t that.
You only have to look at last year’s result when Natalie Gumede missed out on the glitterball trophy despite having the best scores from the judges to see that pattern repeating itself again.
In fact, analysis from Radio Times has found that just one quarter of the 20-highest scoring celebs on ‘Strictly’ went on to win the show. Pixie made it into the list at number 19. Turns out that further proves the point.
2. The power of the UNDERDOG was too much. We predicted last week that Mark Wright’s position as the underdog would keep him in the competition and that came true.
‘Marky No Moves’ was bottom of the judges’ leaderboard after the scores were added up from the couples’ first dance and their performance in the group ‘Waltz-a-thon’. And Mark got the public’s vote.
Pixie, on the other hand, was in second position on the judges’ leaderboard. That’s quite a fall down the ladder, given that not only Mark and Simon but Jake Wood and Frankie Bridge all scored lower overall. Perhaps some who supported Pixie thought she was safe and didn’t think they needed to vote.
3. She didn’t go on ‘THE JOURNEY’. As Pixie has been strong from the start she couldn’t show a huge amount of improvement over the weeks, and we all know how ‘Strictly’ voters LOVE ‘The Journey’.
Caroline Flack, on the other hand, played it PERFECTLY. She started out okay, had room to improve, had a shock bottom two that would have encouraged her supporters to vote in subsequent weeks AND is now peaking as exactly the right time. Top of the leaderboard in Quarter Finals? Your timing is impeccable Flack.
4. She was involved in a bit of CONTROVERSY. This 2014 series of ‘Strictly’ has been the most backstage drama filled ever, and more often than not, those celebs involved in any controversy have been voted out.
Pixie’s time on the show had been relatively dramz free until this weekend, when her professional partner Trent Whiddon got into a bit of a debate with Len after the head judge brought up the illegal lifts in their Cha Cha.
Len said he’d let it go this week and wouldn’t penalise them for their THREE naughty lifes, but Trent piped up with the retort: “We’re built on breaking rules”, to which Len replied: “You’re more than welcome [to break rules] and I’m more than happy to give you a six instead of a nine”. He gave them an eight in the end. But did the feather ruffling ruffle up viewers too, losing Pixie votes?
Len seemed to have got over the spat by the time the ‘Waltz-a-thon’ came around, awarding Pixie and Trent the highest score of six, but his decision to save Simon caused outrage on Twitter. Darcey was in tears over her decision to get rid of Pixie, and all in all it was a TOTES EMOSH night.
Jake and Frankie are the only two remaining celebs to not have been in the Dance Off. Will that continue to be the case in next week’s Semi Final? We reckon Simon could be in trouble, and Caz Flack will breeze through to the Final, but with such an unpredictable series who knows?