Eliminated Strictly Come Dancing couple Max George and Dianne Buswell have spoken of their joy at becoming friends while taking part in the BBC One show.

The Wanted singer George and professional dancer Buswell lost out in the weekend dance-off to EastEnders star Maisie Smith and her professional partner Gorka Márquez.

Judge Craig Revel Horwood and guest judge Anton du Beke chose to save Smith and Márquez, but head judge Shirley Ballas said she would have saved George and Buswell.

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After the result was announced, George paid tribute to "absolute joy" Buswell. 

"What a time I had," he wrote on Instagram. "Dianne, you were an absolute joy. I actually did 4 dances! That'll do for me.

"I couldn't of [sic] wished for a better teacher but more importantly, friend. Every positive I take away from this I owe to you."

George added: "And to you lot that are still in.... I'll be at home with a beer in hand and my dog on my lap cheering you on. You're all friends for life."

Buswell described George as a "dream to work with".

"What an amazing time I have had on that dance floor with you Max George you have improved week by week and grown so much in confidence," she wrote on Instagram.

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"The last dance we did I can't tell you how proud I was and for me was your best dance so far.

"Thank you for being a brilliant friend to me and being a dream to work with a real genuine down to earth guy."

Strictly continues on BBC One on Saturday at 7:15pm.

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