Another star waltzes off Strictly Come Dancing

Clara Amfo has been eliminated from Strictly Come Dancing – while Maisie Smith escaped the dance-off for the first time in three weeks.

BBC Radio 1 DJ Amfo, 36, faced elimination after scoring just 19 with her jive to Tina Turner's River Deep Mountain High.

She went up against Jamie Laing, 32, despite the reality TV star earning 24 points for his fiery tango to Tanguera by Sexteto Mayor.

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Clara Amfo and Aljaz Skorjanec (BBC/PA)

Both performed their routines again in a bid to impress the judges.

Craig Revel Horwood chose to save Amfo and her professional partner Aljaz Skorjanec, saying: "My goodness it's a really difficult one, both couples I thought were absolutely incredible and danced with so much passion and love, but the couple I would like to save, Clara and Aljaz."

Motsi Mabuse picked Laing and Karen Hauer, but described it as "one of the toughest decisions I've ever had to make".

Casting the deciding vote, Shirley Ballas chose Laing, explaining: "Well this is a very difficult series, I mean every couple is outstanding and I felt on this occasion that both couples totally lifted their game, but there was one couple, they just convinced me.

"They had conviction from step to step, they believed in their performance, and therefore I'm going to save Jamie and Karen."

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LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 11: Clara Amfo attends the 'Meet Me In The Future Later', a night curated by Kevin Morosky and CONVERSE on March 11, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images for Converse)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 14: [EDITORIAL USE ONLY] Clara Amfo attends the nominations launch for The Brit Awards 2016 at ITV Studios on January 14, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 05: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK TABLOID NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 48 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME. MANDATORY CREDIT PHOTO BY DAVE M. BENETT/WIREIMAGE REQUIRED) Clara Amfo attends the World Premiere of "The Inbetweeners 2" at Vue West End on August 5, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Dave M. Benett/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 24: (EDITORIAL USE ONLY) Clara Amfo attends the BRIT Awards 2016 at The O2 Arena on February 24, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Dave J Hogan/Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 20: Clara Amfo, Radio 1 during What makes London so ******* awesome? part of Advertising Week Europe 2016 day 3 at Picturehouse Central on April 20, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Tristan Fewings/Getty Images for Advertising Week Europe)
EXETER, ENGLAND - MAY 28: Nick Grimshaw and Clara Amfo iintroduce Mumford and Sons to the stage at Powderham Castle on May 28, 2016 in Exeter, England. (Photo by Mike Lewis Photography/Redferns)
EXETER, ENGLAND - MAY 29: Clara Amfo backstage at Powderham Castle on May 29, 2016 in Exeter, England. (Photo by Mike Lewis Photography/Redferns)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 10: (L-R) Natalie Portman, Clara Amfo and Kelly Hoppen in the VIP area watching Stevie Wonder perform at the Barclaycard Presents British Summer Time Festival in Hyde Park on July 10, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Dave J Hogan/Dave Hogan/Getty Images )
Clara Amfo attending the 'I Am Bolt' World Premiere at Odeon Leicester Square, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday 28th November, 2016. See PA story SPORT Bolt. Photo credit should read: Matt Crossick/PA Wire. (Photo by Matt Crossick/PA Images via Getty Images)
LEEDS, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 19: Clara Amfo presents the award for "Audio Moment of the Year" at the Audio & Radio Industry Awards at First Direct Arena Leeds on October 19, 2016 in Leeds, England. (Photo by Andrew Benge/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 22: Clara Amfo DJs at the Universal Music BRIT Awards After-Party 2017 hosted by Soho House and BACARDI Rum at 180 The Strand on February 22, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/ Getty Images for Universal, Soho House & Bacardi Rum )
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 21: Clara Amfo interviews Kevin Spacey at the European Premiere of Sony Pictures "Baby Driver" on June 21, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Tim P. Whitby/Getty Images for Sony Pictures )
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 14: Ella Eyre, Clara Amfo and Jessie Ware arrive at the Hyundai Mercury Prize 2017 at Eventim Apollo on September 14, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 05: (L-R) Clara Amfo and Trevor Nelson attend the Amy Winehouse Foundation Gala at The Dorchester on October 5, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Jeff Spicer/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 08: Clara Amfo attends the European Premiere of "Black Panther" at the Eventim Apollo on February 8, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 21: (L-R) Sara Cox, Mabel, Annie Mac, Alexa Chung, Clara Amfo and Nick Grimshaw attend the Universal Music BRIT Awards After-Party 2018 hosted by Soho House and Bacardi at The Ned on February 21, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images for Universal Music)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 16: (L-R) Joanna Kuchta, Clara Amfo, Corinne Bailey Rae, Mary Charteris, Tiger Lilly Taylor and Molly Moorish attend the Ashish front row during London Fashion Week September 2018 at the BFC Show Space on September 16, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 20: (EDITORIAL USE ONLY) Clara Amfo attends The BRIT Awards 2019 held at The O2 Arena on February 20, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Jeff Spicer/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 16: Clara Amfo and Maja Jama during London Fashion Week February 2019 on February 16, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Marsland/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 09: Clara Amfo attends the European Gala screening of "Aladdin" at Odeon Luxe Leicester Square on May 9, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/WireImage)
British radio host Clara Amfo poses during a photocall at the Magnum Beach on the sidelines of the 72nd edition of the Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, southern France, on May 16, 2019. (Photo by Valery HACHE / AFP) (Photo by VALERY HACHE/AFP via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 19: (L to R) Mollie King, Michaela Coel, Clara Amfo, Ella Eyre and Alice Chater celebrate The ELLE List in association with MAGNUM ice cream on June 19, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images for Hearst Magazines)
British radio presenter Clara Amfo poses on the red carpet on arrival for the BRIT Awards 2020 in London on February 18, 2020. (Photo by Tolga AKMEN / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE NO POSTERS NO MERCHANDISE NO USE IN PUBLICATIONS DEVOTED TO ARTISTS (Photo by TOLGA AKMEN/AFP via Getty Images)
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Amfo said she had had "the best time ever and got a new friend for life", describing her time on the BBC One show as "a dream come true".

Skorjanec said he was "gutted", but told Amfo: "This series has been so special and it's only because of you, thank-you so much. I'm going to miss dancing with you."

Twitter users were not impressed withe decision...

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Maisie Smith and Gorka Marquez (BBC/PA)

EastEnders star Smith had been in the dance-off two weeks running despite wowing the judges.

After scoring 29 points on Saturday, she saw a change of fortune and earned a safe spot.

The six remaining celebrities will compete in Movie Week next week.

Jacqui Smith, Jason Bell, Max George and Caroline Quentin have previously been given the boot from Strictly.

Olympian Nicola Adams left the competition because her professional partner Katya Jones tested positive for coronavirus.

Sunday's results show also featured a musical performance by Gary Barlow.

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