The latest edition of Strictly saw the remaining couples take to the Ballroom floor with the hope of impressing judges, Craig Revel Horwood, Anton Du Beke, Head Judge, Shirley Ballas, guest judge Cynthia Erivo and the voting public.

This weekend, Tilly Ramsay became the ninth contestant to be eliminated from the show as she faced Rhys Stephenson in the dreaded dance-off.

Tilly and Nikita embrace as they are voted off Strictly

Both couples performed their routines again. Stephenson and his partner Nancy Xu performed their Waltz to You Light Up My Life by Whitney Houston. Then, Ramsay and her partner Nikita Kuzmin performed their Samba to Levitating by Dua Lipa in a bid to impress the judges and secure their place in the quarter finals.

After both couples had danced a second time, the judges delivered their verdicts:

Craig Revel Horwood chose to save Rhys and Nancy, saying: "Well on Saturday night, I gave both couples seven, so in my head they are equal.

"The dance off proved that they both improved enormously, although one was quite flashy and semi-naked [Nikita's shirt came off during their dance off performance]. But, I’d like to save Rhys and Nancy."

Judges Craig Revel Horwood, Cynthia Erivo, Shirley Ballas, and Anton Du Beke. Photographer: Guy Levy

Cynthia Erivo chose to save Rhys and Nancy.

Cynthia said: "This is really, really difficult. Both couples did beautifully but it just came down to the tiny details like the finish of the footwork. I’d like to save Rhys and Nancy."

Anton Du Beke chose to save Rhys and Nancy and said: "It was a terrific dance off again. Tilly, as we’ve come to expect, put in a great performance. She’s an absolute fighter. But with slightly better technique and better quality, I’d like to save Rhys and Nancy."

With three votes to Rhys and Nancy, it meant they had won the majority vote, and Tilly and Nikita would be leaving the competition regardless, however Head Judge Shirley Ballas said she would also have decided to save Rhys and Nancy.

When asked by host Tess Daly about their time on the show, Tilly said: "I’d just like to say a massive thank you to everyone who has made this an amazing, positive journey for me. From everyone here to backstage, wardrobe, make up and camera crew.

Nancy Xu and Rhys Stephenson tripping the light fantastic. Photographer: Guy Levy

"It’s just been the most extraordinary time. I found out something about myself that I didn’t know I could do, I didn’t know I could dance and have fun like this.

"So, a massive thank you and, obviously, a huge thank you to Nikita who has guided me out of my shell and has just made this the most amazing experience."

When asked for her message to Nikita, Tilly said: "Thank you, thank you, thank you. It’s just been amazing. I really meant it when I said I made a best friend for life. You’ve just been incredible. Thank you for the best couple of weeks."

Nikita was then asked if he had any words for Tilly and said: "I’m the most emotional person so I hope I don’t cry. I’m just grateful for everything, for the whole Strictly team, for the production team, for the costume, for the make-up, for everything. Thank you guys, thank you to the professionals and cast, and a huge, huge thank you to Tilly."

Tonight’s Results Show opened with a futuristic routine from the professional dancers to a medley of The Model by Kraftwerk and Don’t Go by Yazoo. There was also a performance from Years and Years who performed new single, Sweet Talker.

The remaining couples will take to the dancefloor in the Strictly Come Dancing quarter finals on Saturday, December 4 at 6:40pm, with the results show on Sunday, December 5 at 7:20pm on BBC One.