STRICTLY Come Dancing star Ellie Taylor broke down in tears on TV last night after exiting the dance competition.
The Ted Lasso actress, 38, became the ninth celebrity to retire from Strictly Come Dancing on Sunday after a tense dance-off against singer and DJ Fleur East.
Ellie, who appeared on Monday’s episode of spin-off show It Takes Two, got emotional as she looked back on the highlights of her time in the dance competition.
Confirming they were tears of joy, she explained, “You just look back at everything we’ve done and I can’t believe I’ve done 10 dances live on TV and I’ve spent my whole life Long said I can’t dance and to see that, oh, it’s just really beautiful.”
During Saturday’s live show, Van Morrison’s Taylor Brown Eyed Girl delivered a Thelma & Louise-themed jive with professional partner Johannes Radebe, but they struggled to impress the judges, earning a score of 25.
After repeating the routine during the results show, the judges unanimously decided to save Fleur and her partner Vito Coppola and sent Taylor and Radebe to pack.
Ellie said she enjoyed the jive as she likes a happy dance but admitted she found it very technical.
“I felt as uncomfortable as I have ever been. I don’t know if it was nerves at week 10 or just too many flipping steps,” she added.
“It was really fun and I’m really proud of the dance festival. The dance festival was better than our actual dance and I’m glad we got home safely.”
This weekend marked the first time the actress finished in the last two, but she admitted she was “always more surprised to be (sure) than not to be.”
Johannes joked that his highlight of the series was not having to consult his therapist, which he thinks was down to Ellie.
“I loved every single moment with you, I really did. So the best thing about my season this year has been that woman, so thank you,” he said.
He added that he felt Ellie had come a “long way” to take faster steps and that he could see she was enjoying rehearsals more every week.