David James axed from Strictly – and gives heartfelt message to Will Bayley

David James axed from Strictly – and gives heartfelt message to Will Bayley


David James has become the fourth celebrity to leave Strictly Come Dancing 2019.

The former footballer and his professional partner Nadiya Bychkova were sent home in a unanimous decision by the judges.

After discovering his fate, David gave a heartfelt message to fellow celeb Will Bayley, who reduced half the judges and most of the audiences to tears with his moving routine.

The pair found themselves at the bottom of the leaderboard after failing to impress with their Jive to 'Such a Night' by Michael Bublé on Saturday night.

They lost out to BBC Breakfast star Mike Bushell and his partner Katya Jones, who gave a stronger performance in the dreaded dance-off.

When asked by presenter Tess Daly about his time on the show, David confessed he felt he had let Nadiya down.

The football pundit said: "Oh I’ve loved it. I feel so bad I’ve let Nadiya down in a sense. I’ve enjoyed it but I’ve put some weight on though."

Sending out an emotional message to his co-stars while discussing his highlights, David added: "Having the best partner and the guys up there. Everyone’s lovely.

"Just a word to Will: I think I work hard, but, man, that guy puts a shift in."

This came after the Paralympic gold medalist, who was born with Arthrogryposis Multiplex Congenita or AMC (curvature of the limbs), left almost everyone in the studio in tears with his moving performance.

Praising her partner, Nadiya said: "He’s done so well. I’m so proud of you.

"From the first day he couldn’t lift his elbows up or stand straight and now he’s delivered such an amazing jive. I’m so proud."

Craig Revel Horwood admitted that neither of the couples were technically sound but decided to save Mike.

He said: "Well for me both couples were pretty much technically equal but the couple who I’d like to save were the most confident performers and that was Mike And Katya."

Motsi Mabuse, who also chose to save Mike, said: "Well I felt that one couple gave me a better performance than I saw the first time so I’m going to save Mike and Katya.”

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